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Sept 16 -- The Corporation for National and Community Service (operating as AmeriCorps) is proposing to renew National Civilian Conservation Corps (NCCC) impact studies. Written comments must be submitted by November 15, 2022. The studies assess the performance and impact of NCCC programs on members and communities served by the program. In particular, the studies investigate three main components of NCCC:

1. The impact of NCCC on developing leaders.
2. The impact of NCCC on strengthening communities.
3. Retention at the different phases of the program, from application to completion.

NCCC is a full-time, residential, team-based program whose mission is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through team-based national and community service. NCCC combines practices of civilian service with aspects of military service, including short-term on-site deployments, leadership development and team building. All members receive training in leadership, team building, disaster services and civic engagement.

Sponsors are responsible for matching NCCC support with in-kind resources, assisting teams in obtaining housing and meeting basic needs during their service, and supervising them during their project work. Sponsors are typically nonprofits who apply for support in a specifically designed project that can benefit from the addition of NCCC Corps members. Community beneficiaries are wide-ranging and include disaster survivors, seniors and people with disabilities, and people in low-income communities facing housing or food insecurity.

From 2019: This national impact evaluation of NCCC is closely linked to the CNCS’s strategic plan which aims to increase the impact of national service in CNCS-served communities (Goal 2) and strengthen national service so CNCS program participants consistently find satisfaction, meaning, and opportunity (Goal 1). Both Traditional NCCC (founded in the early 1990’s) and FEMA Corps (created in 2012) promote Goal 1 by enrolling members in a full-time, residential, team-based service program in which young adults complete projects addressing essential community needs. NCCC promotes Goal 2 by involving members in structured training and other activities designed to enhance personal development, promote professional development, and foster leadership skills that shape program alumni for a lifetime.

NCCC https://americorps.gov/partner/how-it-works/americorps-nccc
2021 NCCC impact evaluation: https://americorps.gov/webinar/impact-evaluation-americorps-national-civilian-community-program-nccc
Draft survey instruments: https://www.regulations.gov/docket/CNCS-2022-0019/document
2019 impact evaluation technical documentation: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewDocument?ref_nbr=202201-3045-003
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-20116

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