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


Word got around that civic reflection not only helps the organization but helps participants personally with what they are doing. The longer the [discussion] series went on, the deeper and broader the sharing of experiences.


--Jerry Clarito

Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment


I think [civic reflection] allowed me to solidify my values and beliefs. It helped me see other points of view rather than being stuck in my own thoughts. It helped me to be more open-minded. I also think it was one of the catalysts of continuing service another year and remaining committed to service in the future.


--AmeriCorps Member, Texas


The Justice Talking curriculum is an excellent resource. The materials provide for excellent reflection and bonding among our members.


--AmeriCorps Program Director, Ohio