Flint Convening

Flint Convening: A Blueprint for Accelerating Outcomes through National Service

August 3-5, 2021 

1:00 - 4:30 p.m (ET) each day

Join Service Year Alliance and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation on August 3rd - 5th for a virtual convening to learn about the stories, strategies, and tactics leveraged by community partners to utilize national service as a way to address local and community needs. The event will feature the experiences, lessons learned, and resounding successes demonstrated by the Flint National Service Accelerator and other communities around the potential of national service for local impact. Whether you are just starting this work or have been doing it for years, this event will inspire you and offer actionable ideas and solutions to take back to your community.

Registration is now closed for the convening.

We will post recordings here after the event.

About the Flint National Service Accelerator

In Flint, MI community partners came together to bring a vision to life of leveraging national service to address local needs. In 2011, leaders from the Mott Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint established the Flint National Service Accelerator, an initiative to expand national service and meet community needs. In 2014, Flint became a demonstration site with the goal of expanding the number of national service corps members in Flint to 250 annually by 2019 — a tenfold increase from the baseline — and engaging corps members in implementing strategies from the “Imagine Flint” Master Plan. Since then, the community has surpassed its goals: in the 2019-2020 service term, over 350 AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Senior members supported a community-wide collaborative to address needs such as education, the ongoing water crisis, and now the pandemic.

Who should attend:

  • Service year and national service practitioners.
  • Community-based nonprofit and anchor institution partners, volunteer centers, or convenors.
  • Philanthropic community (national place-based portfolios and regional/local foundations).
  • Local and state elected or agency officials.
  • State service commission executive directors, staff, and commissioners. 
  • AmeriCorps and other relevant federal agencies doing place-based work.
  • National convening organizations, especially those focused on place-based strategies.

Convening Goals:

  • Learn from and replicate components of the Flint National Service Accelerator and other community-based national service models to accelerate service expansion and success in communities.
  • Grow the base of champions for national service that spurs investment and stronger collaboratives committed to working towards universal national service.


National Service Community Challenge Grants

With the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Service Year Alliance will be awarding four $25,000 grants to organizations that are able to secure a new financial match and begin to implement or expand upon a shared, community-defined goal that will strengthen or expand national service in their community. For more information on these grants, visit the National Service Community Challenge Grants page.



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