AmeriCorps*Texas Symposium

2019 AmeriCorps*Texas Symposium logo

National service is an important way for individuals of all genders, ethnicities, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, faith backgrounds, and physical and mental abilities to give back in a meaningful way to their communities. Texas and Texans are better because of the choice that thousands of people make every day to give back through national service. National service is important. National service matters. National service includes. 

The 2019 AmeriCorps*Texas Symposium will be held Tuesday, February 26 – Wednesday, February 27 in Austin, Texas, with two post-Symposium workshops available on February 28.

There are no registration fees to attend Symposium or the post-Symposium events; however, participants are required to cover necessary travel and lodging costs. The registration deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019 (deadline for booking discount hotel reservation is Tuesday, February 5, 2019).

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Event Overview  |  Agenda  |  Venue  |  Lodging  |  Session Materials


Event Overview

AmeriCorps*Texas Symposium will be a time for program staff to re-energize, re-focus, and re-connect on why National Service Matters. 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. 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • All AmeriCorps*Texas 2018-2019 grantees are required to send at least one staff member to the Symposium. Programs are welcome to review the symposium agenda and sessions to determine which staff member(s) are the most appropriate to attend. Please contact your OneStar Program Officer with any questions about your program's attendance expectations.
  • The Primary Fiscal contact is required to attend the Financial Management Intensive held on Thursday, February 28. Exemptions to this will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may include approving a substitution or a full exemption if staff are able to document that the primary fiscal contact has recently attended training with similar content. Fiscal staff should contact their OneStar Grants Officer with any questions or to request an exemption to this attendance requirement.
  • OneStar welcomes AmeriCorps National programs with placement sites in Texas to attend.
  • OneStar welcomes AmeriCorps VISTA programs with placement sites in Texas to attend.
  • OneStar welcomes SeniorCorps programs with placement sites in Texas to attend.

Agenda

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OneStar is pleased to offer the following two post-Symposium workshop opportunities on Thursday, February 28, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Space will be limited for each of these sessions, so please plan to register early!

Financial Management Intensive | Presented by Jerry Bertrand

During this workshop, participants will explore some key concepts and compliance directives related to financial and grants management, along with opportunities to interact with your peers around the content to reinforce understanding.  Segments will include: Operationalizing Internal Controls, Cost, Principles, Procurement, Match/Program Income. Required for all Primary Fiscal contacts. Registration is limited to 40 participants.

Meeting Your AmeriCorps Member Enrollment Goals through Full-Cycle RecruitmentPresented by Brent Kossick

The workshop with be a comprehensive examination of all the components that make-up the full-cycle AmeriCorps member recruitment process.  Attendees will be provided with strategies, resources, and tools that will enable them to better achieve their AmeriCorps Member enrollment goals and ultimately achieve the greatest impact for the communities that they serve. Registration is limited to 70 participants.


Venue Information

AmeriCorps*Texas Symposium and post-Symposium events will be held at:

Commons Conference Center
J.J. Pickle Research Campus at The University of Texas at Austin
10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137
Austin, TX 78758

PARKING: A parking pass will be provided to all registrants via e-mail prior to the event. The pass must be printed and visible in your car while parked in the lot. Upon arrival, follow the Visitor Parking directional signs, or download a map of available parking areas. ADA / disabled parking spaces with access ramps are available on the west and north sides of the Commons building.


Lodging

A block of hotel rooms is available to AmeriCorps*Texas Symposium attendees at:

Hyatt Place Austin Arboretum
3612 Tudor Blvd
Austin, TX 78759

$105.00 per night (plus any applicable taxes)

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Reservations must be made before Tuesday, February 5, 2019 to receive the negotiated discount rate.

Complimentary breakfast and courtesy wi-fi will be provided. A shuttle from the hotel to the UT Commons is available. Transportation options to and from the Austin airport include taxis, Super Shuttle, Uber, Lift, RideAustin, Fare, and Wingz.


Session Materials

All session materials are available for download below. OneStar will NOT be providing hard copies of session presentations, but please feel free to download and print them in advance of the event.

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Materials for All-Grantee Meeting from previous years can be downloaded here: 2017 | 2018