State Service Commissions & National Service

​We may agree that service is a good thing, but that doesn't mean that it's simple. It engages a variety of perspectives, identities, and competing needs. How do service participants talk across difference? How do we make authentic connections both with the people we serve and the people we serve with? Civic reflection helps state service commissions and national service groups to explore these questions and support service participants across the country.

Benefits:

  • Higher rates of retention and a noticeable increase in renewal
  • Improved relationships between and among program staff and service members
  • Member development and satisfaction – with 70% of participants saying that civic reflection increased their commitment to serve.

View impact case studies that detail CCR's work with state service commissions and national service groups.

What People Are Saying

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To get staff and volunteers engaged in the cause of the Y, we must give them time, space and permission to reflect on their beliefs about people and communities, the meaning of their individual efforts, and ultimately our organization.

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--Brian Kridler

Project Director of Strategic Innovation, YMCA of the USA

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While I remain a staunch supporter of national service, I also know it raises as many questions as it answers—ones we are duty bound to explore.

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--Kelli Covey

Associate Director, Center for Civic Reflection

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As a trained civic reflection facilitator who routinely uses it in my own service-learning classes and work with both student and community groups, I can personally attest to its value as a methodology for engaging diverse audiences in deep conversations (and hence deeper meaning-making) about our society, our values, and the wellsprings of our desire for a more just and equitable world.

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--Chris Skrable

Program Manager, Center for Experiential Learning, Loyola University Chicago

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