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.


  • 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


Now I feel much more confident about my ability to discuss, and not debate, issues that I feel passionate about. I loved meeting knowledgeable people and realizing that our shared values were more than enough to overcome any age/experience differences.


--Land Ethic Leader Workshop Participant

Aldo Leopold Foundation


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


--Discussion Series Participant

City Year


I think that Justice Talking enabled me to be able to better speak up for myself as well as see what others are going through. With my family background, I was scared to stand up for myself prior to AmeriCorps and this experience, including Justice Talking, has helped with that.


--AmeriCorps Member, Ohio