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.

Project Management: The understanding of the specific skills and knowledge to plan and lead small and large scale projects.

Technical Expertise: Expanding knowledge of the technology-based platforms and tools that can improve efficiency and efficacy as a leader.

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 collaboratively to learn and apply skills and knowledge of the curriculum.

In Person Sessions: Corps members apply their curriculum though their work in partnership with regional operations in their cities.

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

Fieldwork: Corps members apply their curriculum though their work in partnership with regional operations in their cities.

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, community immersion, and technical skill building.

Team-based Learning

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

Focus will be learning and applying the learning in their local community in between sessions.

Teams will be applying the SLC curriculum through the development and planning of a project plan that will include actionable solutions to make an impact in their community and connect with others.