Leadership Ripples: Federal Volunteers

Created in 1993 to serve as the main federal vehicle for coordinating the many federal volunteer programs in existence and to create new ones, CNS’ purpose was to renew the ethic of civic responsibility and spirit of community throughout the U.S. through participation in national service programs. Through the National Service Leadership Institute, CNS set out to develop the leadership capacities of program managers, volunteers, and other community change agents engaged in the burgeoning fields of service learning and national service. To achieve this national impact, CNS entered into a partnership with IISC whereby IISC trained and certified CNS staff and affiliated consultants in Facilitative Leadership. Ultimately, thousands of national service leaders were trained directly and, in turn, tens of thousands more, in the skills and tools of collaboration, thereby bolstering the efficacy and potency of the national service movement.