Service Leadership Corps

Service Leadership Corps members gather together at a service project

Join the Service Leadership Corps and become part of a growing movement of veterans who are leading in communities.

The Service Leadership Corps is an opportunity for veterans to expand their network and maximize their skills to drive change efforts specific to their local communities. 

Corps members work individually and in small groups, learning about the very real and current challenges our country is facing in communities nationwide, and how to activate local veterans and community members to serve together.

When the classwork and projects are done, Corps members will be equipped to lead a team of motivated volunteers as a Platoon Leader in an under-resourced community.

 

Given the uncertainty with regards to COVID-19, as well as the varying COVID policies in different cities and venues, we are requiring that all cohort members provide proof of full vaccination to participate in the program and to attend in-person sessions. We will continue to re-evaluate this requirement for each cohort.

 

ADMISSIONS PROCESS

Cohort 6 | Spring 2022

Applications Are Now Closed

Check back in September 2022 to apply for our next cohort!

  • Orientation

    VIRTUAL

    Required to attend either
    May 3 (8-10PM ET)
    May 5 (6-8PM ET)

  • May 20-22

    IN-PERSON

    Session 1 (required)
    (Atlanta, GA/Time TBD)
    *Arrival May 19

  • June 22-24

    VIRTUAL

    Session 2 (required)
    11AM-4:30PM ET

  • July 27-29

    VIRTUAL

    Session 3 (required)
    11AM-4:30PM ET

  • Sept 16-18

    IN-PERSON

    Session 4 (required)
    (Houston, TX/Time TBD)
    *Arrival Sept 15

OFFERING A ROBUST VIRTUAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

We have re-designed the Service Leadership Corps during the pandemic to build something for those who need the flexibility and convenience of an online format, but still want the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively lead service platoons, to connect with other veterans to build their network, and have an impact in under-resourced communities.

What the program entails

  • Five month program with two in-person sessions and two virtual sessions, as well as supplemental live training opportunities.
  • Able to commit approximately 3-5 hours per week for virtual work, class sessions, and team-based work. 
  • Comfortable engaging in in-person and online learning environments.  
  • Minimum one-year as member of platoon leadership team.

What is the Service Leadership Corps?

Want to be a part of the SLC? Here are some of the benefits that the program offers:

PROGRAM BENEFITS

  • Develop the skills and knowledge to serve on the front lines in local communities through community based leadership training, goal setting and project management.
  • Engage in group and individual classes with hands-on support from program advisors who are by your side every step of the way as well as alumni mentors who can help and guide you on your leadership journey.
  • Connect with our network of veterans and gain professional experience collaborating with civic-minded organizations and government agencies.
  • Upon completion, become a member of our 2500+ veteran alumni network, which provides additional opportunities to serve and connect with other veterans.
  • Build confidence and tools in community development, resiliency, effective communication and advocacy.
  • All travel expenses are paid to travel to cities for in-person sessions, no application or program tuition fees.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

  • Eager to learn and grow, and has a desire to apply skills and learning in under-resourced communities through Service Platoons.
  • Interested in collaborative team-based work with veterans and community partners.
  • Able to commit to approximately 3-5 hours per week over 5 months including two 3 day in-person sessions over the weekend, two 3-day virtual sessions during the week, and additional meeting times throughout the program.
  • Comfortable engaging in both online and in-person learning environments.
  • US Military veteran (or current member of the National Guard or Reserves).
  • Must reside in the Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico.

COSTS

  • Free of cost. This is an investment in you and your leadership, courtesy of The Mission Continues’s community of donors.

QUESTIONS?

For additional questions regarding the program beyond our FAQ, contact  the Service Leadership Corps program, at slc@missioncontinues.org.

To sponsor the Service Leadership Corps, contact Corporate Partnerships Manager, Melissa Gruber at mgruber@missioncontinues.org.

ADMISSIONS PROCESS

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. military veteran or currently serving in the National Guard or Reserves.
  • U.S. resident who currently resides in the Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico.
  • Completed at least 6 months of active military service with a Character of Service above a “Dishonorable Discharge”. Dishonorable Discharge status holders are encouraged to apply but may be asked about the reason for receiving this type of discharge.
  • Veterans from all eras and branches of service are welcome.
  • Must verify veteran status with ID.me.
  • Fellowship Program alumni are also eligible to apply.
  • NOT an active Service Platoon Leader.
  • Given the uncertainty with regards to COVID-19, as well as the varying COVID policies in different cities and venues, we are requiring that all cohort members provide proof of full vaccination to participate in the program and to attend in-person sessions. We will continue to re-evaluate this requirement for each cohort.

THE COMMITMENT

  • Five-month program with required attendance to all four sessions. This is a hybrid program with the first and fourth sessions in-person and the second and third sessions virtual.
  • In order to travel to the final session, cohort members must have successfully completed the curriculum and attended all the previous sessions.   
  • Able to commit to approximately 3-5 hours per week for virtual work, class sessions, and team-based work
  • Comfortable engaging in online learning environments.
  • Minimum one-year as member of platoon leadership team.

THE APPLICATION

  • Complete the first part of the application, which serves as an initial screening to verify your veteran status and other eligibility requirements. Those who have been verified will be prompted to complete the full application, comprised of four short answer questions. Those applicants chosen for the program will be notified March 28, 2022, at which time they will be given until April 1, 2022 to confirm their enrollment into the program.
  • Admissions to the Service Leadership Corps is competitive, but don’t let that dissuade you from applying. Each cohort is comprised of a diverse cross-section of veterans with varied military, professional, academic and volunteer experiences. If you have a passion for leadership and working with under-resourced communities, then you’re in the right place.

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • 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.
  • Corps Members will work together collaboratively to learn and apply skills and knowledge of the curriculum.
  • A service project or other applicable community engagement experience is a central role in each of these sessions.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE SERVICE LEADERSHIP CORPS?

The Service Leadership Corps is open to U.S. veterans, Guardsmen, and Reservists from all branches and generations of service. Applicants must reside in the Continental U.S., Hawaii or Puerto Rico, have completed one year of military service and have a Character of Service above a “Dishonorable Discharge.”

 

WHAT IS THE WEEKLY TIME COMMITMENT FOR THE PROGRAM?

Corps members have an estimated 3-5 hours of individual and group work per week. This includes virtual meetings, online training, reading, and self-paced study.

 

HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?

The Service Leadership Corps is a five-month hybrid program.

 

IS THIS PROGRAM COMPLETELY VIRTUAL OR WILL I BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND IN-PERSON SESSIONS?

This is a hybrid program with the first and fourth sessions being in-person and the second and third sessions being virtual.  

In order to travel to the final session, cohort members must have successfully completed the curriculum and attended all the previous sessions.  

The Service Leadership Corps program currently operates as a hybrid model that allows for 2 of the cohort sessions to take place virtually to limit the need to travel and 2 of the cohort sessions take place in-person to allow veterans to build their network, connect with other veterans, and have an impact in under-resourced communities. Additionally, the program is supplemented with self-paced online courses that provide the flexibility to complete at a time that works best for you.

 

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

The application is divided into two steps.  Step 1: Preliminary applicant screening through ID.me to verify eligibility.  Step 2: Complete the application, consisting of 4 short answer questions and a video recording. 

 

I WAS DISCHARGED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. AM I ELIGIBLE?

Yes, veterans of all eras are eligible to apply.

 

I RECEIVED A GENERAL DISCHARGE “UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS,” AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM?

Yes. However, we will request additional information as to the circumstances surrounding your discharge for further consideration.

 

I AM GETTING OUT OF THE MILITARY SOON. CAN I APPLY NOW AND START SERVING AFTER MY DISCHARGE?

Yes. If you are on active duty and intend to start the program after you’re discharged from active duty then you can start your application now. All SLC participants must be retired or separated, on IRR, or in the Guard or Reserves only.

 

CAN ACTIVE SERVICE PLATOON LEADERS APPLY FOR THE SERVICE LEADERSHIP CORPS?

Platoon Leaders who have completed less than six months of their volunteer term are eligible to apply for the Service Leadership Corps.

 

CAN FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM ALUMNI APPLY FOR THE SERVICE LEADERSHIP CORPS?

Yes.

 

I APPLIED FOR A FELLOWSHIP BUT DID NOT START THE PROGRAM, CAN I APPLY FOR THE SERVICE LEADERSHIP CORPS?

Yes. Previous fellowship applicants who did not start their fellowship with The Mission Continues are welcome to apply.

 

I APPLIED FOR A FELLOWSHIP BUT WAS NOT ACCEPTED, CAN I APPLY FOR THE SERVICE LEADERSHIP CORPS?

Yes. Previous fellowship applicants who were not accepted into the Fellowship Program are welcome to apply.

 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE SERVICE LEADERSHIP CORPS?

Interested applicants can apply on our website during the application period. Between enrollment periods, you can sign up to receive updates about the next admissions cycle.

 

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

“What It Means To Be A Community Leader” 

  • This course connects you to the mission of the Service Leadership Corps Program. The leadership focus areas are introduced in detail and help cohort members reflect on how they can develop their skills in community service leadership. 

“Asset-Based Community Development” 

  • This course teaches you how to identify and leverage the existing assets in a community, which are essential when establishing community partnerships. 

“Project Management” 

  • This course provides an overview of how to better manage a project, no matter how simple or complex. It also covers resource allocation, budgeting, staffing, and even what tools you will need for each type of project.
     

“Storytelling As A Tool” 

  • This course teaches you the public narrative framework and public speaking basics through storytelling. This is a critical skill as a community leader responsible for communicating clearly with stakeholders and volunteers.
     

“Building Your Leadership Team” 

  • This course teaches cohort members how to identify and leverage the strengths of others in order to make leadership more manageable.

Any veteran who wants to fill the emptiness created by their separation from service and missing that camaraderie needs to join The Mission Continues and SLC to heal and get back that feeling that can only be brought by serving the community with your fellow veterans.

– Ivan Rodriguez 

 

Its (the program) given me the opportunity to interact with and get to know people across the country who are working to better their own communities. It will be very useful to have a group of leaders across the country who I can draw from and emulate in my own community.

– Charles Bare 

 

The SLC program has heightened my confidence and deepened my understanding of becoming an asset to the community.

– Gregory Walker 

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