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AmeriCorps Texas Events & Trainings


New AmeriCorps Staff Orientation LogoNew AmeriCorps Staff Orientation

New AmerCorps Staff Orientation (NASO) is a two-day training for staff at OneStar grantee organizations who are new to their position or new to working with your AmeriCorps program. The purpose of this training is to equip participants with basic knowledge about AmeriCorps, member management, grant management, and fiscal compliance. Sessions may include:

  • Overview of National Service and AmeriCorps
  • AmeriCorps*Texas Grants Management
  • Compliance and Processes
  • National Service Criminal History Check Bootcamp
  • Program and Fiscal Breakouts
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Developing National Service Ambassadors

* Note: Attendance at NASO is mandatory for any Primary Fiscal and Program Staff listed on OneStar's AmeriCorps Authorized Representative Form within the first year of being assigned as a Primary contact.

NASO is typically offered three times a year in the spring, summer, and fall. Registration is now open for NASO taking place in Austin, TX, on November 19-20, 2019.

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AmeriCorps 25th Anniversary CelebrationAmeriCorps 25th Anniversary Celebration

For 25 years, AmeriCorps has engaged individuals in intensive service at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across Texas. OneStar commemorated the AmeriCorps 25th Anniversary with lively events that reflected the exciting and celebratory spirit of this momentous occasion.

  • At the flagship event in Austin, about 400 AmeriCorps members and friends of national service gathered at LBJ Auditorium & Plaza for a celebration powered by AmeriCorps alums. The event featured with a ceremony showcasing stories from current and past members, a panel of AmeriCorps alums spanning 25 years, remarks from Director of AmeriCorps VISTA Desiree Tucker-Sorini, and the AmeriCorps pledge led by Austin Mayor Steve Adler. In addition, guests enjoyed networking at the AmeriCorps Festival, where AmeriCorps alums hosted interactive activities and resources as a living showcase of career paths stemming from national service. Watch the full ceremony online here:

     

     

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  • In Dallas, about 250 AmeriCorps members and friends of national service celebrated at Klyde Warren Park with interactive icebreaker activities and an afternoon of fun yard games. The event also featured speakers from North Texas programs sharing about their inspirational service experiences and a swearing-in of new members with the AmeriCorps pledge.
     
  • In the Rio Grande Valley, members were sworn in at special ceremonies hosted at the UTRGV Brownsville and Edinburg campuses. Speakers included local AmeriCorps alums, university leaders, and representatives of U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.

These events provided us with a valuable opportunity to look back at the extraordinary accomplishments of AmeriCorps members over the past 25 years, and to look forward by welcoming a new class that will be carrying on the enduring legacy of national service in the coming year. We are so grateful to everyone who joined us in recognizing this special milestone!


2019 AmeriCorps*Texas SymposiumAmeriCorps*Texas Symposium

AmeriCorps Texas Symposium is an annual meeting of all AmeriCorps State grantees in the OneStar portfolio and offers time for program staff to re-energize, re-focus, and re-connect on why National Service Matters. The last AmeriCorps Texas Symposium was held in Austin, Texas on February 26-28, 2019. The overall goals of AmeriCorps Texas Symposium are to ensure that participants:

  • Clearly understand CNCS requirements from a programmatic, fiscal, member management, and grant administration perspective.
  • Have an opportunity to connect with OneStar staff to address questions and share challenges & successes. 
  • Have an opportunity to meet, connect, and collaborate with their peers in national service. 
  • Increase understanding that when a program is set up and managed well, they are able to focus more intentionally on ensuring a meaningful and positive service experience for their members. A positive member experience will help lead to higher enrollment and retention, allowing the program to increase their impact in communities served. 
  • Are energized by the impact of national service throughout Texas and return to their programs with increased motivation and inspiration. 

The next AmeriCorps Texas Symposium is tentatively scheduled for February 2020.

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2018 AmeriCorps*Texas Opening Day

AmeriCorps Texas Opening Day

The purpose of AmeriCorps Texas Opening Day is to recognize and celebrate the new class of AmeriCorps members as they embark on their year of national service. Programs from around the state host ceremonies and events that commemorate the start of service with inspirational speakers and a recitation of the AmeriCorps pledge. The last AmeriCorps*Texas Opening Day to launch the 2018-2019 program year was held on October 5, 2018.

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Made in AmeriCorps - Share your Story!AmeriCorps Week

AmeriCorps Week celebrates the organizations and individuals that make this national service initiative possible in thousands of locations across Texas. The event is a wonderful opportunity to share stories of impact and success with new audiences. In 2019, AmeriCorps Week was observed the week of March 10-16. The theme for this year was #MadeInAmeriCorps, which showcased how AmeriCorps has transformed peoples’ lives.

OneStar also hosted its inaugural Day of the A photo contest in 2019 to find amazing images of the AmeriCorps logo in action across Texas. Check out our contest winner below!


2019 National Service Recognition Day

National Service Recognition Day

National Service Recognition Day is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service, to thank those who serve, and to encourage more citizens to give back to their communities. Hundreds of local leaders in Texas use this opportunity to honor AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers by participating in recognition events, issuing official proclamations, and taking to social media in a nationwide show of appreciation. AmeriCorps Texas programs spearhead local efforts and coordinate creative engagement opportunities tailored to your community. National Service Recognition Day was last celebrated on April 2, 2019.

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2019 MLK Day of ServiceMLK Day of Service

Martin Luther King Jr. Day has federally designated as a national day of service, encouraging all of us to honor Dr. King’s memory through service. AmeriCorps members across Texas celebrate Dr. King's legacy by participating in a variety of service projects within our communities. MLK Day of Service was observed by AmeriCorps programs on and around January 21, 2019.