Corps members serve up to 32 hours in partner agencies. Up to 8 hours a week is spent in personal and professional development as a team.
Health coverage, Housing, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
The first thing that comes to mind is our time of faith formation on Fridays. Rather than volunteer at your partner organization on that day, we spend it together to do some work around spiritual practices, discerning call/vocation, and a number of other things. The first part of the year we go through a curriculum called Servant Leader Training. It originates out of a church in Washington, D.C. and I believe really helps our Corps Members be able to live out their values, regardless of profession, but especially in the nonprofit sector. We cap the curriculum off with a trip to Washington, D.C. that includes some time spent with several nonprofits that model the Servant Leadership model in some really cool and creative ways. I think that training and those experiences along with the connections made through them are really valuable preparation for any job in the nonprofit or camp sector.
We also have a curriculum in the spring titled Call and Money. So we spend a lot of time during those weeks discerning a sense of call or vocation and then balancing it with the practicality of how you pursue your calling while also being able to provide for yourself and family. In the past that has also included some time with a professional brushing up on resumes, learning interviewing tips, and preparing for "what's next" after your time with the Johnson Service Corps. There's also a small grant for professional development made available to all of our Corps Members to offset some of the costs for taking the GRE or graduate school applications and a number of other things.
Finally, I think a lot of our alum have found working at their partner organizations for an entire year to be among the most beneficial professional development experiences of their year. It gives them much better insight into what it is like to work for a nonprofit, because they are there all day, 4 days out of the week and are often tasked with running some of the programs for the organization. That has helped them to make excellent professional connections and to network. We have a number of alum who have chosen to continue to live in the area after their year, staying involved with their partner organization in one capacity or another - occasionally including being hired by the organization after their time with us is over.
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