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National Service Regional Training Conferences Postponed until 2021
Although we had planned to celebrate the many accomplishments of AmeriCorps programs and state service commissions over the past 25+ years during the National Service Regional Training Conferences, the logistical limitations of doing so in a way that would protect our attendees' health and well-being have proven to be challenging.
Due to a variety of factors related to COVID-19, and our commitment to your health and safety, we have made the difficult decision to postpone all three 2020 regional training events taking place in Albuquerque, Milwaukee, and Burlington to next year (spring of 2021).
We did not come to this decision easily and know this impacts each of you in different ways. Some of you may be relieved; others disappointed. Whatever you are feeling, we are right there with you! Nonetheless, we remain hopeful that we can come together as fellow "service nerds" in 2021 to learn and recognize the amazing work national service is accomplishing to serve our nation right now.
Here are three important logistical items you need to know:
We know some of you may be wondering why we are not moving these events to a virtual format. While we think that option makes sense for many conferences, ASC already facilitates frequent web-based trainings for both commissions and AmeriCorps State programs, and we do not feel adding a virtual conference at this time would be a value-add. We also know many state service commissions are already busy working to move their summer training activities to a virtual or hybrid format. You may see some additional web-based content available from ASC in the coming months to supplement content that otherwise would have been available during the regional trainings, but we will not be transitioning the entire conference to a virtual setting.
If you have suggestions regarding new web-based content you would like to see from us throughout the rest of 2020, please don’t hesitate to send us a note with your suggestions.
Meanwhile, we are working with our event partners in Albuquerque, Milwaukee, and Burlington to reschedule these events to 2021. We will make a future announcement as soon the 2021 event dates are confirmed so you can mark them on your calendars and plan accordingly.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this change in our plans. We send a special thank you to the state service commissions and national service members who are on the front lines serving communities during this global pandemic. We are incredibly inspired by the surge of national service response efforts taking place across the country to combat the COVID-19 crisis locally -- leveraging AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and community volunteers to meet critical needs through food distribution, call centers, distance learning support, childcare for families of first responders, and even contact tracing. Thank you for all you are doing.
Be safe, and we look forward to seeing you at the National Service Training Conferences in 2021!
-2020 National Service Training Conference Planning Committee
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