22-23 State Priority Certification Applications

Date: 
09/20/2021
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STATE PRIORITY CERTIFICATION
IOWA COMMISSION ON VOLUNTEER SERVICE Last reviewed September 2021
STATE PRIORITY CERTIFICATION APPLICATIONS
The Request for Applications (RFA) identifies multiple Volunteer Iowa Program Development priority areas that will be considered by the commission at the time that final funding decisions are made. Among those priorities are several areas of service activity that the state legislature has defined as state priorities that have been incorporated into Iowa law. In some years, state funding is available for applicants whose AmeriCorps program meets the requirements of established state service corps; the state funds can be used as match to the AMERICORPS federal funds.
Applicants wishing to certify or register under a state priority area should complete the relevant sections of this appendix. Please submit all state priority certification applications in the manner and by the deadline published in the Pre-Application Instructions, Final Application Instructions, and/or the full Request for Grant Applications (RFA). Copies of approved certifications should be maintained by the applicant.
STATE PRIORITY 1. GREEN CORPS
Green Corps. A program that involves youth, or AmeriCorps members of any age, in major transformative projects emphasizing energy efficiency, historic preservation, neighborhood development, and storm water reduction and management. Program details are outlined in the Iowa Administrative Code 817, Chapter 10. Use the following link to view the related Code: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/law/administrativeRules/chapters?agency=817.
To request recognition as a Green Corps program, please address the following:
1. The proposed project provides youth with meaningful community service opportunities in one or more of the following areas (indicate all that apply):
 energy efficiency
 historic preservation
 neighborhood development
 storm water reduction and management
2. The proposed program also provides capacity-building activities, training, and implementation of a major transformative “green” project:
 Yes
 No
3. For the proposed project, the applicant will develop a community partnership group whose membership will include a cross section of the community served:
 Yes
 No
4. Name & title of person completing this form: _________________________________________
STATE PRIORITY CERTIFICATION
IOWA COMMISSION ON VOLUNTEER SERVICE Last reviewed September 2021
STATE PRIORITY 2. IOWA SUMMER YOUTH CORPS
Summer Youth Corps. A program that involves disadvantaged youth (ages 16-25) in meaningful service opportunities that enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and fulfill unmet community needs. Program details are outlined in the Iowa Administrative Code 817, Chapter 9. Use the following link to view the related Code: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/law/administrativeRules/chapters?agency=817.
To request recognition as an Iowa Summer Youth Corps program, please address the following:
1. The proposed project provides youth with meaningful community service opportunities:
 Yes
 No
2. The applicant will provide youth participants with instruction and reflection activities to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities:
 Yes
 No
3. Name & title of person completing this form: _________________________________________
STATE PRIORITY CERTIFICATION
IOWA COMMISSION ON VOLUNTEER SERVICE Last reviewed September 2021
STATE PRIORITY 3. READING CORPS
Reading Corps: A program that engages members in data-based, problem-solving models of literacy instruction to use in tutoring students from prekindergarten to third grade who are not proficient in reading or who are at risk of becoming not proficient in reading. Program details are outlined in the Iowa Administrative Code 817, Chapter 11. Use the following link to view the related Code: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/law/administrativeRules/chapters?agency=817.
These guidelines are for use by Volunteer Iowa and the Iowa Department of Education (IDOE) in certifying AmeriCorps programs for inclusion as part of the Iowa Reading Corps program. In order to become an Iowa Reading Corps program, applicants will need to provide evidence that each of the eight (8) program requirements below are adequately satisfied. Please submit the supporting documentation along with this form. Additional follow-up may be requested in IowaGrants, via email, and/or via in-person visits led by Volunteer Iowa and IDOE.
Category
Program Requirement
Potential Data Sources
Description of Evidence Uploaded
1
Core Instruction
Programs shall provide 90 minutes reading instruction daily in the universal system
Building literacy schedule or daily calendar, including each K-3 grade level
2
Time of day
A program shall provide instructional services during regular schools in addition to regular universal instruction
Building literacy schedule or daily calendar, including each K-3 grade level
3
Skill Development
Provides skill development in one or more of the following:
• phonemic awareness,
• phonics,
• fluency,
• vocabulary, and/or
• comprehension
Documents of instructional methodology, instructional materials and accompanying scripts
4
Evidence-Based
Reading program is supported by evidence-based research.
Summarized evidence (e.g., pre- and post-) of success of programming being successful with previous student cohorts; or evidence of the program’s instructional approach and
STATE PRIORITY CERTIFICATION
IOWA COMMISSION ON VOLUNTEER SERVICE Last reviewed September 2021
routines being successful with students.
Category
Program Requirement
Potential Data Sources
Description of Evidence Uploaded
5
Staff
Implemented by certified instructional staff with appropriate training and staff development.
Schedule of training that has (or will) occur for those providing direct instruction.
6
Progress Monitoring
Program includes a psychometrically sound (i.e., reliable and valid) progress monitoring tool(s).
Comparison of progress monitoring tool and monitoring frequency against that of department approved monitoring measures and frequency requirements.
7
Implementation Fidelity
Instruction delivered with intended frequency, duration and instructional focus. Includes appropriate supervision by certified staff
Implementation fidelity checks or checklists - may include evidence of instructional routine consistency and accurate progress monitoring checks
8
Data-Based Decision Making
There are appropriate entrance and exit criteria that exist and instructional staff are supervised by certified staff who make instruction decisions regarding instructional changes and exiting.
Statement of entrance and exit criteria. Listing of staff responsible for supervision of instruction monitoring of overall delivery, including qualifications. Evidence these staff are responsible with educational decision-making and are certified staff members.
STATE PRIORITY CERTIFICATION
IOWA COMMISSION ON VOLUNTEER SERVICE Last reviewed September 2021
STATE PRIORITY 4. REFUGEE REBUILD, INTEGRATE, SERVE, EMPOWER (RISE) AMERICORPS
Refugee Rebuild, Integrate, Serve, Empower (Refugee RISE) AmeriCorps program: A program to increase community integration and engagement for diverse refugee communities in urban and rural areas across the state. Program details are outlined in the Iowa Administrative Code 817, Chapter 12. Use the following link to view the related Code: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/law/administrativeRules/chapters?agency=817.
The certification process for Refugee RISE AmeriCorps programs is conducted jointly by Volunteer Iowa and the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS). In addition to reviewing the responses provided to the questions below, Volunteer Iowa and/or DHS may request further follow-up through IowaGrants, email, and/or in-person visits.
1. The proposed project will increase community integration and engagement for diverse refugee communities in rural and urban areas across the state:
 Yes
 No
2. The proposed program will recruit and train AmeriCorps members to improve the economic well-being and health of economically disadvantaged refugees in local communities across Iowa:
 Yes
 No
3. For applicants with previous experience in providing related services, provide (via a narrative description and/or an upload of supporting documentation) a description of the programming and evidence of program performance that was not otherwise provided as part of the AmeriCorps pre-application. Specifically, evidence of program performance should include:
 Any program evaluation results and outcomes
 # of refugees served and proportion compared to all individuals to be served over the most recent program year
 # of FTE dedicated to refugee services and proportion compared to overall FTE for the organization/program
4. For applicants proposing a new program model, provide any additional description or documentation for the evidence base of the proposed model, not already included in the AmeriCorps application.
5. Amount of state funding requested, including how the requested funds fit into the overall AmeriCorps budget and performance measure targets. For the most recent program years, a total of $200,000 was available. Funding availability for the current competition will not be known until the conclusion of the state legislative session in the spring. State funding can be used as match towards the federal funding request.
 Specify amount of state funding requested
 Specify # of refugees to be served in relation to all individuals to be served
 Specify # of MSY to be dedicated to refugee services
STATE PRIORITY CERTIFICATION
IOWA COMMISSION ON VOLUNTEER SERVICE Last reviewed September 2021
6. Letters of support verifying community coordination and cooperation.
7. Name & title of person completing this form: _________________________________________
STATE PRIORITY CERTIFICATION
IOWA COMMISSION ON VOLUNTEER SERVICE Last reviewed September 2021
STATE PRIORITY 5. IOWA NATIONAL SERVICE CORPS
Per Iowa Code 15H.9, any AmeriCorps program funded under this competition is considered part of the Iowa National Service Corps and the AmeriCorps positions in that program are considered Iowa National Service Corps positions. Therefore, no separate Iowa National Service Corps certification application is required of Iowa AmeriCorps State applicants.
For organizations wishing to certify Iowa National Service Corps positions without requesting Iowa AmeriCorps State funding, please contact Volunteer Iowa at icvs@iowaeda.com for more details and application materials.

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