Climate Action Corps – Host Partners

The Local Government Commission is proud to join with California Volunteers as an Implementing Partner of the

Starting January 11, 2021, 50+ AmeriCorps Fellows will begin a term of service mobilizing climate action for California.

Join us in this first-of-its kind effort for California by hosting Fellows who will spend 7.5 months implementing climate action projects in your community!

The deadline for Host Partner Applications for the Climate Action Corps Pilot has passed.

Interested in learning more about what’s involved in being a Host Partner?
download slides or watch a recording from our recent informational webinar.

Interested in what’s involved with the application?
download a Sample Host Partner Application.

How the California Climate Action Corps Works

Climate Action Corps is dedicated to mobilizing climate actions designed to engage your community members, empower change, and leave a lasting impact. In our pilot year, Climate Action Corps will provide host partners with 7.5 months of community climate action support via Fellows – highly motivated emerging leaders – recruited, placed, and supported by the Local Government Commission’s CivicSpark program.

All Climate Action Corps Fellows are CivicSpark AmeriCorps Members. Fellows will have at a minimum an associates or a college degree in a relevant field, and relevant workplace and/or community service experience. Fellows are placed with partner organizations across the state (in teams of two or more) where they will spend about 900-1000 hours on project implementation. Program staff supports both Fellows and host partner Site Supervisors. Program staff also coordinate Fellow professional development activities (roughly 200 hours). 

Public agencies, State agencies, Native American Tribes, and Non-Profit Organizations can host Fellows as long as they define projects for the Fellows to support that include or combine at least the following elements:

  • Defined and measurable climate pollution reduction, resiliency benefits, or disaster recovery activities (e.g. projected GHG reductions, wildfire risk reduction, flood protection, increased green space, etc.)
  • Community engagement and volunteerism components that provide community members a way to directly take action on climate change issues and can capture their actions.
  • An element that addresses local environmental, climate, public health vulnerabilities. Ideally, projects should focus on communities with overlapping demographic, geographic, and environmental vulnerabilities.
  • A community climate capacity component that builds resources, tools, knowledge, or relationships between local stakeholders, including local government, community-based organizations, and individuals, while providing tangible “products” for ongoing use.

While each project will be different based on the Host Partners needs and planned activities, for compliance with AmeriCorps reporting, all projects will include 5 elements: a pre-service “capacity” survey, a Fellow led “gap assessment, the project itself, transitional activities to share outcomes, and a post-service follow-up post-service capacity survey.

Learn more about CivicSpark’s project and impact history

Partnership Details

Tangible and impactful community climate action projects

  • Clear, suitable scope of work
  • Commitment to implementation
  • Strong connection to community need
  • Appropriate and safe for implementation with COVID-19 limitations

Commitment to Fellows growth and development

  • Direct project oversight
  • Dedicated Fellow supervisor
  • Determine Fellow’s strengths
  • Set professional goals
  • Conduct performance assessments
  • Provide development opportunities

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