AmeriCorps programs want to build strong relationships with their members. They also want to create the best conditions possible for members to build strong relationships with each other. Members who feel connected to other members and who feel a sense of belonging with the program are more likely to stay and to be fully engaged in service. These relationships help them when they face challenges during their service year to live out the AmeriCorps pledge and persevere.
Do Good, Be Good will lead a half-day or modified full-day interactive virtual workshop. The workshop would include:
1) Learning through doing – participants will experience three different styles of team building and discuss how each is used to build trust and increase a sense of connection.
A short fun warm-up team building activity
A longer “get to know you” style team-building activity – the proposed activity is a game, Cozy, Juicy, Real, which is designed by an AmeriCorps Alum and which is used by groups all around the world to build meaningful connections.
A collaborative challenge game – this is a great next step for AmeriCorps members once they are past the basics of meeting one another.
2) Review Case Studies of how AmeriCorps programs across the United States are empowering and encouraging their members to build relationships with one another without the direct supervision or facilitation of the Program Director and staff. Case Study review followed by discussion and brainstorming of how the Program Directors can adapt these ideas into their own programs.
3) A behind-the-scenes deconstruction of how the facilitator prepared and led these exercises and a chance for the Program Directors to ask questions about digital facilitation and virtual team building techniques.