INDIANAPOLISH(BALBIR SINGH)Regional National Service Training across the United States will take place in 2016 to provide high quality training sessions on a diversity of topics that build the capacity of those individuals who support, monitor, and run national service (AmeriCorps and Senior Corps) programs, according to information received from Serve Indiana.

Serve Indiana will host the North Central National Service Training from June 8-10. d we are looking for people would like to present. The deadline is December 18. If interested in presenting a workshop and/or keynote, please review the Call for Proposal Guidelines and submit proposal(s) via the online submission form no later than Friday, December 18 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CFP2016.

A pdf of the submission form is available for preview here. However the pdf form is for previewing online not for submission.

The 2016 National Service Training Conferences are a training opportunity for national service program staff. You are encouraged to attend the event in your designated region, but welcome to attend any of the four events.
Pacific (Alaska, Arizona, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Northern Mariana Islands, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming) at Reno, Nevada from April 19 to 21, 2016.

Southern (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas) at Montgomery AL from April 26 to 28, 2016.
Atlantic (Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, US Virgin Islands, Vermont) at Springfield, MA fro May 2 to 4, 2016.

North Central (Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, western Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin) in Indianapolis from June 8 to 10, 2016.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Mini-Grant Awardees

The goal of this Mini-Grant program is to demonstrate the power of service as a solution to community needs. Serve Indiana encourages Day of Service projects that (1) demonstrate community connections and use of local resources, (2) build capacity of local volunteer centers and national service programs through regional networking and co-planning of activities, and (3) increase national service participant and volunteer understanding and commitment to national service and volunteerism.

Peace Learning Center

Peace Learning Center’s 18th Annual MLK Community Festival is designed to bring diverse groups of people together to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s life while helping to create his vision of “beloved community”. In addition, the Peace Learning Center (PLC) will share activities and resources such as a Choices for Peace Poster and STEP Conflict Resolution card to educate the attendees and the volunteers about how to resolve conflicts in healthy ways and manage their emotions.

This family-friendly event is scheduled on January 16, 2016, the Saturday before MLK Day, from 11 am to 3 pm at the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. It is a multigenerational festival to celebrate our “Beloved Community” – This year’s festival will highlight environmental justice issues through workshops and speakers while also including annual favorites such as music, art, dancing, a Hip Hop appreciation area, poetry, a non-profit resource fair, and many other family-friendly activities.

City of Bloomington

For 40 days, beginning with the Martin Luther King Holiday Jr. in 2016, national and local partners, individuals, families, communities, schools, communities of faith, community organizations, and many others will focus on helping to start building a peaceful community. Projects include assisting the homeless; preparing, serving and delivering meals; organizing blood and clothing drives; painting and making building improvements; removing graffiti and restoring public spaces; creating oral history projects; visiting retirees in nursing homes; tutoring in computer literacy; translating books for schools; coordinating read-a-thons; and many others.

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