Core Competencies

A diverse curriculum builds Corps members’ skills in the following areas:

Asset-Based Community Development: A form of sustainable community development based on the strengths of individuals, associations, and institutions within a particular community.

Cultural Competence/Cultural Bias: The understanding of our own attitudes and biases and how they can affect our acceptance and respect of diverse populations.

Advocacy: The ability to recognize the unique power of veteran voices, and how to leverage that voice in support of under-resourced communities.

Self Care: A set of activities that include mindfulness and wellness practices focused on mental, emotional and physical health to operate as a successful community-based leader.

Effective Communication: Identify and leverage your communication style to guide outcomes through storytelling, public speaking, and group work.

Learning Approach

Various learning modalities are utilized to deliver the curriculum to teams and individuals, including:

LearnUpon: An online learning management system where participants engage in self-paced learning, connect with other corps members and their advisor.

Virtual Teamwork: In between the in-person sessions, Corps members collaborate with their team to execute their community project.

In-person Teamwork: At each of our four in-person sessions, Corps members will work together in their project teams, to learn and apply the skills and knowledge of the curriculum.

Fieldwork: Corps members apply the curriculum through community project partnerships.

In-Person Sessions

There are four in-person sessions throughout the six-month program designed to connect teams and reinforce the SLC curriculum through speakers, group work and community immersion.

A service project or other applicable community engagement experience is a central role in each of these sessions.

Team-based Learning

Corps members work in teams throughout the six months to apply their learning and address needs within their community.

Team assignments are mostly place-based, allowing for Corps members to align on shared local needs and easily continue their group work in between sessions.

Teams apply the SLC curriculum by partnering with a community organization to develop a project with actionable solutions.

Professional Development Grant

Corps members are eligible for an individual Professional Development Grant up to $1,500 upon successful completion of the program. Grant disbursement is contingent upon completion of coursework and adherence to grant requirements.

The grant is intended for use in continuing one’s personal and professional growth as a community-based leader.

Examples include, but are not limited to: attending a conference, participation in a city-based leadership program, or completing a professional course.


Samples of Service Leadership Corps member Professional Development Grant use:

Raul Juarez

Raul Juarez

Raul is originally from Newark, New Jersey but now calls Texas home. He lives by the motto “Never let your past dictate your future.” Raul is a social-emotional intelligence teacher for pregnant teens and detained youth. He will be using his grant to pursue building skills and strategies specifically relevant to addressing the trauma that his students have encountered, as well as a workshop that will give him additional strategies for literacy interventions that focus on leveraging technology to address the disparities in literacy among his students.


Myisha Brooks

Myisha Brooks

Myisha is currently pursuing an MBA at Texas Woman’s University. She started her own business with the goal of teaching entrepreneurial, budgeting, time management, mental health, and career planning workshops. Myisha will be using her grant to attend a 3-day training academy in Washington, DC to learn more problem-solving techniques so she can bring them back to her community work in Houston.