Our Vision

We envision resilient, equitable, and vibrant communities where our local governments and leaders are empowered and equipped to proactively serve the needs of all community members.

Our Mission

Through National Service, CivicSpark contributes to this vision by:

  • Building local public sector capacity to address entrenched and emerging issues;
  • Serving as a social purpose career accelerator for future leaders; and
  • Fostering lasting, authentic community engagement

What is CivicSpark?

CivicSpark is an AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local public agencies to address community resilience issues such as climate change, water resource management, housing, and mobility. CivicSpark is a program of CivicWell (formerly the Local Government Commission). 

Each year, CivicSpark recruits Fellows to build local public agency capacity for 11 months. During their service year, CivicSpark Fellows implement a needed sustainability and resilience project, while also building long-term capacity to ensure the work is sustained after their service year is completed.

Local public agencies receive dedicated project support from emerging professionals who receive professional development and sector training. Local benefits include:

  • Direct support for specific resiliency project needs with defined outcomes.
  • Increased capacity for sustainable communities and response community resilience needs.
  • A pipeline for future resiliency efforts.
  • Stronger State-local partnerships for information and expertise exchange.
  • A workforce with local expertise in climate change, energy, water, or social issues.
  • Access to affordable resources, resulting in increased capacity and hands-on training.
  • Increased volunteerism at the local level.

How does it work?

The CivicSpark program offers a unique opportunity for emerging professionals to gain experience in the sustainability and resilience sectors, gain professional and technical skills, and have a strong statewide network of professionals, all while having a lasting impact on communities. Fellows assist with various levels of project planning and implementation of critical projects on a wide range of topics, including water resources and management, climate adaptation and mitigation, affordable housing, and mobility.

Fellows  serve at least 1,700 hours over 11 months with their host agency. CivicSpark Fellows provide capacity-building support to local governments while simultaneously supporting volunteer engagement. This approach offers a unique opportunity to accelerate local community resilience efforts.

CivicSpark project partners provide project oversight and professional development support, which includes identifying a site supervisor who will help the Fellow(s) set project-specific and professional goals. CivicSpark Regional Coordinators conduct monthly Fellow trainings and act as the liaison between the partner and the program.

Our Theory of Change

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