About the National Service Accelerator
Inspired by the national call to make a year of full-time national service a cultural expectation, common opportunity, and civic rite of passage for every young American, Flint has committed to being a demonstration site for what that looks like at the local level. Local leaders outlined a commitment to have 200 national service members in Flint, a ten-fold increase, by 2019. These members serve as the boots-on-the-ground to meet the community-identified vision outlined in the Flint Master Plan.
The community's strategy to increase the number and effectiveness of national service members is led by the Flint National Service Accelerator, housed at the United Way of Genesee County. This model supports organizations and members, provides coordination for recruitment, and helps organizations offset the costs of hosting members. This unique model has led to tremendous results and is being looked upon as a model for other communities. Flint was named in the first cohort of Service Year Impact Communities through Service Year Alliance.
Some of Flint's national service programs include: Flint Community School Corps, Flint Urban Safety Corps, Flint Recovery Corps, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint VISTA Program, FoodCorps, AdviseMI, Senior Corps RSVP, AmeriCorps LISC, the Genesee County Opioid Abuse Prevention VISTA Program and more. Learn more about the many different programs in Flint here!
The Accelerator teamed with the Social Policy Research Associates to complete an evaluation of the Accelerator and its place-based national service model. Through interviews, surveys, and focus groups, SPR produced the following review of the Accelerator in 2017. You can look over the results here or click on one of the individual reports below. For community leaders, change-makers, and innovators interested in the Flint model, check out our toolkit on how to bring a similar model to your area.
- The Service Imperative: Revitalizing Commuity Through the Flint National Service Accelerator
- Profiles in Community Building: Service Members of Greater Flint
- Closing the Gap: Service Members in Flint Community Schools
- Community Wellness: Service Members in a Healthy Flint
- Safe and Thriving: Service Members in the Neighborhoods of Flint
- Raising Commuity Resilience: Service Members and Flint's Water Crisis
- TOOLKIT: In Service of Stronger Communities: Revitalizing Commuity Through the Flint National Service Accelerator
The Accelerator and the Water Crisis
Want to learn more about the Flint National Service Accelerator and how the model helped the community respond to the Flint Water Crisis? Check out this video:
Our national service expansion is guided by a Framework which can be accessed here.
Support Provided by the
Flint National Service Accelerator:
Enhancing national service and volunteerism in Flint
Technical Assistance to Organizations
- National service project development
- Applying for a member
- Recruiting and reporting
- Project implementation and training
Support for Members & Alumni
- Monthly gatherings for members
- Professional development and trainings
- Alumni network support
- National Days of Service
National Service Fund
National service host-site organizations have the opportunity to leverage resources through the Community Foundation of Greater Flint to offset national service member-related expenses. Find out more about the National Service Fund or apply for a grant by contacting Katie de Araujo.
Contact the National Service Accelerator
Katie De Araujo
United Way of Genesee County
111 E. Court St., Suite 3A
Flint, MI 48501