Core Competencies

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

Asset-Based Community Development(ABCD): 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.
TMC Operations: Building the understanding of what operations are, how they function to serve the communities we work in, and how they are connected to our ABCD approach.
Community Partnerships: Building the knowledge and skill for cultivating and sustaining mutually beneficial relationships with community leaders.
Advocacy: The ability to recognize the unique power of veteran voices, and how to leverage that voice in support of under-resourced communities.
Storytelling: The skill of utilizing storytelling as a way to mobilize veteran and non-veteran volunteers to be a part of the community development work we are taking part in.
Public Speaking: The knowledge and skill for utilizing opportunities to address small and large groups in an effective manner that allows one to convey their passion, purpose, and ask of the audience.
Relationship Management: The understanding of how to continually engage with various audiences (volunteers, leadership team members, community leaders, vendors, etc.) in a way that is rooted in respect and alignment on mutual goals.
Project Management: The understanding of the specific skills and knowledge to plan and lead small and large scale projects.
Volunteer Recruitment and Mangagement: Building the skill of identifying where to access new volunteers and how to create a positive experience for volunteers once they do join you. This also looks at the processes and procedures to utilize data management of volunteer time as well as how to address various needs of volunteers.

Learning Approach

Your choice between an in-person cohort and a virtual cohort will define your learning experience throughout the program. Various learning modalities are utilized to deliver the curriculum to teams and individuals. Both tracks will include the following:

LearnUpon: An online learning management system where participants engage in self-paced learning, connect with other corps members and their advisor.
Teamwork: Corps members work collaboratively to learn and apply skills and knowledge of the curriculum.
Fieldwork: Corps members apply their curriculum though their work in partnership with regional operations in their cities.

In addition– the Corps members in the in-person cohorts will experience:
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.