Announcing Strategic Partnership with Stewards Americorps VISTA program

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Thurs, 9/13/2018

Colleen Bowman
Director of Network Engagement
Harwood Institute

Bethesda, MD - September 13, 2018 - The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation and the Stewards Individual Placement Program announced a strategic partnership to train AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA placements on how to better engage the communities in which they serve.

The Stewards Individual Placement Program places nearly 600 members each year, serving local communities across the country. These members will become trained in the Harwood practice of Turning Outward, a road-tested practice developed over 30 years that outlines tangible steps for creating positive, lasting change in a community. The individual placements will participate in an 8-week Virtual Public Innovators Lab where they will learn how to better understand their community, improve programs and strategies, and engage the right partners to tackle shared challenges.

“This is an incredible opportunity to invest in the next generation of America’s leaders. We need them,” said Rich Harwood, President and Founder of the Harwood Institute. “We’re honored to have this partnership with the Stewards Individual Placement Program.”

“The partnership with Harwood Institute is very exciting for us,” said Rob Spath, Executive Director of the Stewards Individual Placement Program. “Having a proven, high quality provider available to teach our members will no doubt raise the bar for what they will be able to accomplish in their local communities.”  

In addition to the Virtual Public Innovators Lab, placements will also participate in a two-day in-person training in October. A certified Harwood Coach will be participating in this training to prepare placements for the 8-week course.

About The Harwood Institute

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is a national nonprofit organization based in Bethesda, Maryland, that guides leaders to create more impact and relevance in their communities by helping them bridge divides and tackle shared challenges. The Harwood Institute is guided by Richard C. Harwood, whose transformational work over the past 30 years has spread to all 50 states in the U.S. and is being used in more than 40 countries.

About the Stewards Individual Placement Program

The Stewards Individual Placement Program places individual placements across the nation in projects that build capacity, improve access to natural resources, develop and support innovative solutions, develop opportunities for service and economic development, and empower leaders. The Stewards program is supported by two main National Service programs: AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps State and National. Stewards Members work with multiple partners in order to create highly impactful national service projects that fulfill our mission.