Training Agenda • Welcome Opening Circle • Group Photo • VISTA Elevator Speech • VISTA Reporting • Announcements • Closing
VISTA Elevator Speech • EXAMPLE: My name is Samie Burnett and I am an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader serving at and hosted by Minnesota Alliance With Youth. As VISTA Leader, I build capacity within my organization to close the opportunity and achievement gaps in Minnesota by supporting VISTA members in partner organizations. I provide relevant trainings, professional development opportunities, and support each VISTA with their unique member needs.
CNCS State Office David Kreft VISTA State Office Contact info: • email@example.com • 612-607-7803 • Develops, manages and monitors VISTA programs • Supports supervision of the VISTAs and intervenes in emergencies or difficult situations • Connects VISTA sites to resources and offers technical assistance • Monitors compliance for the project
VISTA Reporting • Monthly Reflections • Reflect on the challenges and successes of your month • Due the last day of each month • Periodic Reports • 4 Periodic Reports and an End-of-Year Supplement • Due dates for Periodic Reports can be found in your Training Calendar (First report is due October 12th!)
Monthly Reflections • Monthly Reflections are your chance to share the stories of your service! • Monthly Reflections include: • Stories and challenges this month • Professional Development updates • Personal and Sick time (including specific days) • Due on the last day of each month
Periodic Reports • Submitted 5 times a year • 4 Reports and one End of Year Supplement • Provide updates on the progress made on the Host Site Capacity Building and Anti-Poverty goals
Performance Measures • Performance measures are the quantitative parameters we use to track the progress and successes of your Project. • Performance measures are one of two categories: • Capacity Building • Anti-Poverty • All Sites have Capacity Building performances measures • Refer to your Host Site’s Performance Measures Handout to see if your project also uses Anti-Poverty PMs
Capacity Building & Anti-PovertyPerformance Measures • Capacity Building PMs: • The Capacity Building PMs set a goal for the number of organizations and additional activities that the VSITA connects with or utilizes to build capacity for their Host Site. • Anti-Poverty PMs: • Anti-Poverty PMs set a goal for the number of students who complete a VISTA-supported education program, and the number of students who complete a VISTA supported education program AND demonstrate improved academic engagement.
Periodic Reporting FAQs All data submitted in periodic reports must be high quality and verifiable. Providing enough information and context is key. • Please be clear in listing organizations that received capacity building services – bullet points/numbering help! • Additional Activities include: leading trainings, meeting potential partners, writing curricula, developing resources and handouts, creating infographics, appeal letter and LOI templates, etc • Organizations must not be preexisting – they must be new • If your site has Anti-Poverty PMs, speak with your supervisors about how to approach those objectives
Accommodations • Reasonable Accommodation Definition • Any change in the work environment or in the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability or medical condition to participate in the application process, to perform essential functions of a job, or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of service that are available to individuals without disabilities.
If you request an accommodation the following steps will happen: • a review of your service description will be done • a determination of difficulties that your disability causes in your performance of essential service functions • brainstorming of accommodations that can be provided • A requirement of the ADA is that all parties communicate in good faith regarding accommodations • Any medical information is kept confidential unless disclosure is needed to process the request. If a disclosure of medical information is needed, recipients of information must maintain the requirements of confidentiality.
Closing Announcements • PD Plans are in! • Outside employment forms • Reasonable Accommodations • We are still recruiting for PFs!
Closing Announcements • Site visits will start in October • Next VISTA Cohort meeting is Thursday, October 11th • First Monthly Reflection is due September 28th • First Periodic Report is due October 12th
Closing Thoughts • What thoughts are still sitting with you from today? • Are there anymore questions that you want to ask?