Service Leadership Corps

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.

 

Upcoming Application

Spring 2021

The application period for the next cohort of the Service Leadership Corps will open in October 2020 for a cohort that will begin in March 2021.

OFFERING IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

No matter your learning style or needs, we have a track that works for your life. Our in-person program is for veterans looking to connect with a larger network through four in-person meetings and six months of challenging coursework, or who are interested in launching service platoons in cities that do not currently have city-based Operations.

The virtual track is ideal 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 and have an impact in under-resourced communities.

Both tracks will culminate in a one-year term as member of a platoon leadership team.

IN-PERSON

 

  • Six-month program with four in-person sessions (sessions are 3 days in different cities)
  • Able to commit to approximately 3-5 hours per week for virtual content and project-based work
  • Comfortable engaging in both online and in-person learning environments

VIRTUAL

  • Three-month program with live and recorded virtual sessions
  • Able to commit to approximately 5-7 hours per week for virtual work, class sessions and team-based work
  • Comfortable engaging in online learning environments

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 six months, including four in-person Friday-Sunday sessions.
  • 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

  • Program: Free of cost. This is an investment in you and your leadership, courtesy of The Mission Continues’s community of donors.
  • In-Person Sessions: We cover expenses associated with each in-person session including air travel, ground transportation, lodging, and most meals.

QUESTIONS?

For additional questions regarding the program beyond our FAQ, contact Jimi Shaughnessy, Manager of the Service Leadership Corps, at jshaughnessy@missioncontinues.org

To sponsor the Service Leadership Corps, contact Corporate Partnerships Manager, Kat Cheshire at kcheshire@missioncontinues.org.

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 one year of military service with a Character of Service above a “Dishonorable Discharge”
  • Veterans from all eras and branches of service are welcome
  • Must provide a copy of your DD-214 or NGB-22 with your application
  • Fellowship Program alumni are also eligible to apply
  • NOT an active Service Platoon Leader

THE APPLICATION

  • The application is organized in two phases. Phase 1, available on the website, provides a basic snapshot of your interest and eligibility for the program.
  • Once you complete Phase 1, and your eligibility for the program is confirmed, you will receive access to Phase 2. This portion of the application asks you to further describe your experiences, readiness for the program and desire to continue your service after the military.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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.”

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.

HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?

The Service Leadership Corps offers an in-person six-month program, or an accelerated 3-month virtual program.

WHICH PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR ME?

We offer the SLC program in virtual or in-person tracks in order to accommodate varying needs and learning styles. No matter which track you apply for, you will receive the same high-quality training and skill sets needed to lead a Service Platoon in your community. Please review the program overview to determine which offering is the best fit for you.

WHAT COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROGRAM AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR?

The Mission Continues covers all costs associated with travel, lodging, and meals for each session unless otherwise noted.

In-Person Track

Please note: In light of current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic, travel to in-person sessions is contingent upon federal, local, and CDC Guidelines. We will notify you in a timely manner should travel plans, event dates, or locations change.

IS ATTENDANCE AT THE IN-PERSON SESSIONS MANDATORY?

Yes, you must be able to attend each of the four in-person sessions associated with the program in their entirety. Each session will be in a different US city. Travel, hotel, and meals are provided by The Mission Continues.

I HAVE A PREVIOUS COMMITMENT ON ONE OF THE IN-PERSON SESSION WEEKENDS, BUT CAN ATTEND THE OTHER THREE, CAN I COMPLETE THE PROGRAM?

Unfortunately, no. Our content builds on each successive lesson, so participants are expected to attend ALL four of the in-person three-day sessions to complete the program. Please review the in-person session dates before committing to the program.

If travel is not an option for you, check out our virtual SLC experience. Same great content, in a more convenient format.

WHAT IS THE WEEKLY TIME COMMITMENT FOR THE IN-PERSON PROGRAM?

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

Virtual Track

WHAT IS THE WEEKLY TIME COMMITMENT FOR THE VIRTUAL PROGRAM?

Due to the accelerated nature of the program, Corps members have an estimated 5-7 hours of individual and group work per week. This includes virtual meetings, online training, reading, and self-paced study.

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