Twelve by September! Recruitment for the Colorado AmeriCorps Community Opioid Response Program (CORP) began in April with the goal of enrolling twelve full-time (1,700 hours), reduced full-time (1,200 hours), or part-time (900 hours) Members pledging to “strengthen our communities” while making “our people safer, smarter and healthier.”
With a year of recruitment experience in the rearview mirror, Program Staff are busy laying down robust strategies to further recruitment efforts for year 2. Armed with feedback and tools from Serve Colorado, partner and host sites, and our current Members, CORP anticipates increased interest and enrollment as a result. One such tool, serviceyear.org, was made available to Colorado AmeriCorps programs this year free of charge, in order to reach applicants that are taking a gap or service year between college graduation and entering the workforce. Platform capabilities will allow CORP Program Staff to post positions, search for applicants, manage the recruitment process, and access to resources and toolkits.
Without question, the best recruitment resource to be tapped did not exist last year, the Members themselves! CORP enters year 2 by collecting stories, pictures, and hopefully video of Members in service, to be used strategically throughout print and web-based marketing materials. Best practice indicates utilizing Members centrally within recruitment efforts fundamentally enhances Member experience and retention.
Once in place by September, the year 2 cohort will:
- support planning and execution of provider education events about safe prescribing practices; hoping to reach 300 clients with more than 150 reporting an increase in knowledge about safe opioid prescribing practices.
- plan and execute community educational events on administration of naloxone, with more than 600 community members participating and 300 reporting increased knowledge around overdose and naloxone.
- coordinate and deliver youth-focused opioid-related educational programming and resources, reaching 1,800 youth, 900 of whom the program hopes will report increased knowledge about opioid
To also assist instrumentally with these efforts and many others, CORP has hired an AmeriCorps Program Manager. This new position at CCAHEC was created with funds generously provided by the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention.
Help spread the word and encourage those you may know to apply for CORP’s next cohort of change makers at https://tinyurl.com/AmeriCorps2018!