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Leadership Conference Unites AmeriCorps Members

By: Annie Grossinger
Published: April 21, 2016

Approximately 95 LISC AmeriCorps members from around the country recently gathered at the 20th annual LISC AmeriCorps National Leadership Conference in Rhode Island.

The conference focused on professional development within the community development sector. Leadership workshops included team building, conflict resolution, cultural competency and volunteer work modules.

“The leadership conference gave our AmeriCorps members an opportunity to meet their peers in community development across the country,” said Caroline Rendon, Assistant Program Officer, LISC Chicago. “It gives them a chance to get away from the day-to-day and focus on big picture ideas, such as their own leadership style and their careers. The conference really provides tools the members can use to give back to the neighborhoods they work and live in.”

Ten LISC Chicago AmeriCorps members attended the conference, seeking new information and insight to apply to digital literacy programs and job readiness training.

“It was pretty enlightening,” said Alex Atkins, LISC Chicago AmeriCorps member serving at the North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN). “The conference gave me tools I can utilize not just with my clients, but in everyday life.”

Atkins found the conflict-resolution module to be one of the highlights of the conference. “When you’re dealing with a population of people that need work but are used to communicating in one fashion, or have a different set of norms than everyone else, communication can become difficult. Understanding the structure of communication, and getting others to understand, is super helpful,” said Atkins.

Like Atkins, Jackie Guzman, a LISC Chicago AmeriCorps member serving at the Jane Addams Resource Center (JARC), found the experience to be valuable. “It was a really great experience and was helpful in building leadership skills for both professional and personal worlds.”

LISC has placed 2,500 volunteers nationwide and was one of the first organizations to take on an AmeriCorps program after it was started by the federal government in 1994.

Watch a video featuring LISC AmeriCorps members at the conference

For more information regarding LISC Chicago’s AmeriCorps program, contact Caroline Rendon, Assistant Program Officer for Financial Opportunities, ctrendon@lisc.org.

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