Civic Reflection and National Service: Case Studies of Public Allies, City Year, and Project YES!

Author(s)

Becca Bernstein, Yangyang Zong

Source

PCR

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"

Civic reflection made me less afraid to have discussions with people about “difficult” topics.

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--Public Allies Member, 2011-2012

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I'm much more likely to reflect on my work now and I'm a stronger advocate of reflection.

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--Public Allies Member, 2011-2012

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The reflection and critical thinking that happens in these discussions creates a richer, deeper, and more meaningful experience of service.

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--AmeriCorps Project YES! member, 2011-2012

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Civic reflection helped me process and think about my experiences on a larger scale, not just as day-to-day service -- helped me see the bigger picture.

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--AmeriCorps Project YES! member, 2011-2012

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Civic reflection has given me the ability... to freely express myself as well as gain valuable insight about my teammates' values and ideologies.

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--Discussion Series Participant

City Year

Outcome

Civic EngagementCommunity DevelopmentDialogue Across DifferencesLeadership DevelopmentRetention and SustainabilitySkill-Building

Description

"Civic Reflection and National Service Programs: Case Studies of Public Allies, City Year, and AmeriCorps Project YES!" is the presentation that CCR staff, Becca Bernstein and Yangyang Zong, gave at the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service. The presentation looks at the use of civic reflection in national service programs across the country and uses statistical data and participant quotes to take an in-depth look at civic reflection's impact on three national service programs: Public Allies, City Year, and AmeriCorps Project YES!