Flint National Service Accelerator

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In 2011, leaders from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint established the Flint National Service Accelerator, an initiative exploring national service as a civic strategy. In 2014, Flint became a demonstration site with the goal of expanding the number of national service members in Flint to 250 annually by 2019—a ten-fold increase from the baseline—and engaging them in realizing the vision laid out in the new 20-year “Imagine Flint” Master Plan. The Accelerator, which became a program of the United Way of Genesee County in 2015, is at the center of these efforts. In September 2016, the United Way of Genesee County hired Social Policy Research Associates (SPR) to conduct a year-long process and outcomes evaluation of the Accelerator initiative. Through a series of interviews, focus groups, site visits, and surveys, the evaluation focused on understanding the outcomes and added value of service and participation in the Accelerator for service members, for organizations, and for Flint community residents. SPR created a series of reports and case studies to highlight different aspects of the Accelerator model, as well as a toolkit highlighting strategies that local leaders can use to launch or improve similar initiatives.


The Service Imperative: Revitalizing Community Through the Flint National Service Accelerator

Cover of The Service Imperative: Revitalizing Community Through the Flint National Service Accelerator This report summarizes findings from SPR’s evaluation of the National Service Accelerator, beginning with an overview of the initiative and highlighting outcomes at the individual service member level, organization level, and community level.
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Profiles in Community Building: Service Members of Greater Flint

Cover of Profiles in Community Building: Service Members of Greater Flint This report features the experiences of national service members in greater Flint and examines the ways in which the National Service Accelerator is helping to develop the capacity of service members and enrich their service experiences.
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Closing the Gaps: Service Members in Flint Community Schools

Cover of Closing the Gaps: Service Members in Flint Community Schools This case study explores how, through the National Service Accelerator, the infusion of service members into Flint Community Schools is helping to serve the children of the greater Flint community.
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Community Wellness: Service Members in a Healthy Flint

Community Wellness This case study focuses on the role of national service in promoting physical health and nutrition within the greater Flint area, facilitated by the National Service Accelerator.
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Safe and Thriving: Service Members in the Neighborhoods of Flint

Cover of Safe and Thriving: Service Members in the Neighborhoods of Flint This case study highlights how service members, through the National Service Accelerator, have helped to improve the livability and safety of the greater Flint community.
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Raising Community Resilience: Service Members and Flint’s Water Crisis

Cover of https://www.spra.com/wordpress2/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Raising-Community-Resilience-Thumb.png This case study describes the role that national service members and volunteers through the National Service Accelerator played in addressing the needs of the community during the 2015 Flint drinking water crisis.
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Toolkit

In Service of Stronger Communities: Revitalizing Community Through the Flint National Service Accelerator

Cover of Boosting the Skills of Older Workers for New Manufacturing Careers: Michigan’s M-CAM Experience Brief This toolkit outlines the key elements of the Flint National Service Accelerator and provides service champions in other communities with questions to guide project planning, examples of each of the key Accelerator elements, and supplemental resources for further review.
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