Realize and New York City’s Civic Corps

The City of New York created the first of its kind organization devoted exclusively to service. The mission of the inaugural NYC Civic Corps is to “affect lasting change in New York City through service”. In response to President Obama's call to service, NYC Civic Corps is spearheading a nationwide movement among municipalities eager to inaugurate a new era of civic engagement. While New York was the first and currently only city in the country to partner with AmeriCorps in sponsoring a citywide service corps dedicated to addressing its greatest civic needs, it hopes to be a model for other cities across the country. The NYC Civic Corps is the largest of its type, and the first program in the nation to specifically address a municipality's need for sustainable-impact volunteer programs.

After naming the Nation’s first Chief Service Officer Diahann Billings to its helm, Civic Corps saw the need to develop the leadership capacity of the senior team and its volunteers of nearly 200 serving not-for profit organizations throughout New York City.

New York Civic Corps began training leaders and volunteers in the RealizeLeadership™ program in November 2009. The engagement focused on expanding leadership capacity in the areas of Communication, Collaboration and Influence.

Here’s what Civic Corp’s CSO said about the engagement:

“We were at a critical development point as a new organization. We needed to expand our leadership’s capacity quickly and meaningfully. The Realize team helped us with usable insights that were immediately relevant to where we were as a team.”

- Diahann Billings-Burford
  Chief Service Officer, New York City Mayor’s office