How We Do It
NCV’s success is predicated on harnessing the talents, attributes, and skills that students both bring to and develop at college. Our model, called the NCV Year, provides a template for envisioning and executing projects that aid organizations in disadvantaged communities. In addition, our students take part in the NCV leadership training program, which consists of a series of skill-based seminars and various leadership opportunities that are grounded in the philosophies of community organizing and leadership development.
Student volunteer organizations often under-utilize students’ strongest skills, particularly those they are honing in college. National Collegiate Volunteers is fostering a new model for volunteer service, training students to use their skills to be effective organizers and leaders. The result? Innovative and sustainable high-impact projects that empower communities.
Our leadership training program is largely based on the philosophies of traditional community organizing. The skills taught in our seminars include: storytelling for organizers, building relationships, fundraising, power and situational analysis, meeting facilitation, and collaborative communication. Students at each NCV chapter have opportunities to develop their practical leadership skills by applying for a variety of positions including: Chapter President, Chapter Treasurer, Work Group Leaders, Recruitment Chair, Fundraising Chair, and PR Chair. In addition to bi-weekly seminars, these student leaders meet twice a month as the Executive Council, and ensure that NCV’s projects are proceeding efficiently and effectively.
By developing and implementing our projects, NCV has a tangible impact on the communities we serve. At the same time, we provide our students with valuable training and experience that they will carry with them as they become leaders in fields ranging from business and government to health care and the nonprofit sector.