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ServeNebraska is excited to offer a monthly training resource called TrainingFocus, for all national service program leaders, site supervisors, and participants.

Each month, the TrainingFocus will feature a Training Spotlight which will highlight a particular training topic and provide an exercise, webinar, link, or article that you can use in providing ongoing training to your national service participants. The TrainingFocus is meant to be a “shared” resource to support the professional and programmatic development of Nebraska’s national and community service personnel and their initiatives.

The training offerings referenced in the TrainingFocus can be delivered individually or in a group. However, when possible deliver training in a group setting so there is an opportunity for discussion around the topic.

TrainingFocus Resource: Download Monthly Issue & Supporting Documents

TrainingFocus Monthly Issue Monthly Training Spotlight
The April/May 2014 TrainingFocus spotlights Closing Service and Opening New Doors. The Close of Service learning activity offered, is designed to help all National Service members reflect on their service year accomplishments, share challenges they overcame during their year of service, and share their future plans after service.  The learning activity and supporting resources should be beneficial to organizations and AmeriCorps programs in planning an end of year celebration. 
The March 2014 TrainingFocus spotlights Visioning. The visioning learning activity offered, is designed to help all National Service members understand the visioning process that underlies planning and change.  Visioning is an indispensable skill for leaders to have, as individuals and as members of a team.  It's an early step toward getting things done. 
The February 2014 TrainingFocus spotlights Giving Effective Presentations. The self-directed learning activity offered, Steps for Planning and Preparing an Effective Presentation” is designed to help all National Service members with tips and techniques in giving oral presentations.  The learning activity and supporting resources should be beneficial to your organizations and AmeriCorps programs.  To access the course an outline and supporting handouts and resources are available to download with the TrainingFocus February issue.
The January 2014 TrainingFocus spotlights Active Citizenship-What is a Citizenand is designed to help all National Service members gain a broad understanding about how they can be active and effective citizens serving within their communities.  To help facilitate the course an outline and supporting handouts and resources are available to download with the TrainingFocus January issue.
The November/December 2013 TrainingFocus is focused on Working Groups-Planning and Running Effective Meetingsand is designed to help AmeriCorps members work effectively in groups – with other members, consumers, community members served, staff and community organizationsTo help facilitate the course an outline and supporting worksheets and resources are available to download with the TrainingFocus November/December issue.

The September/October TrainingFocus is about Building Team Spirit within the Corps. The training exercises offered, “What Does It All Mean” and “A Complete Picture” are suggested to use at the beginning of the service year when members are oriented to their program sites. The Team Building Activities were led by Sunni Richardson at the October 9, 2013 Nebraska AmeriCorps Conference.  These activities can be utilized by AmeriCorps members in their host sites and at staff and member meetings.

The April/May TrainingFocus is about Getting the Most from the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. The online tutorial helps AmeriCorps and VISTA participants demystify the education award and explains how it can be used in traditional and nontraditional ways.
The March TrainingFocus training spotlight is on Life After National Service. The online tutorial helps AmeriCorps and VISTA participants learn how to plan for transitions after their service term. How do they plan for what comes next in their post-service lives, going to school, establishing a career or continuing in service? This tutorial also includes exercises that assist members in forming a strategy to use their education award wisely.
The Training Spotlight for February 2013 is focused on Performance Measurement. Good performance measurement helps you clearly identify goals and strengthen your National Service program.  This is especially timely in identifying goals for upcoming funding proposals.

The Training Spotlight for January 2013 is focused on Project Planning in preparation for the upcoming National Days of Service projects. To help facilitate the course an outline and supporting worksheets are available to download with the TrainingFocus January issue.

The Training Spotlight for December 2012 is focused on Volunteer Management: How to Recruit and Keep Volunteers accessing a You Tube video.  To help facilitate the training an outline and participant evaluation are available to download with the TrainingFocus December issue.

The Training Spotlight for November 2012 is focused on increasing an understanding of poverty and homelessness issues using an online simulation experience, titled SPENT. To help facilitate the SPENT exercise a training outline and participant evaluation are available to download with the TrainingFocus November issue.