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    Add to your knowledge of poverty in the U.S. by following the links on this list to academic centers focused on the study of poverty and its effects.

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    Learn about the history of how we determine who lives in poverty in the United States, and the significant impact this has on policy, programs, and people.
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    Review this study on the sustainability of VISTA's anti-poverty efforts, the characteristics of successful VISTA members, the reasons why some project efforts are not sustainable, and factors that predict VISTA project success.
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    Consider making the jump from VISTA to Peace Corps with the information presented in these slides.
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    Explore this research study that looks at the outcomes and impacts of national service on individuals who served in AmeriCorps State and National and NCCC.
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    Recognize the importance on non-verbal communication and monitoring the "temperature" of the room in effective meetings and successful ongoing collaborations with these tips and techniques.
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    Learn about five strategic factors that have tremendous impact on the well-being of individuals, families and communities. In this paper, read about how the the 5C's (community, connections, control, cash, and collective action) work together to create successful community development campaigns.
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    United We Serve aims to expand the impact of existing organizations by engaging new volunteers in their work and encourage volunteers to develop their own "do-it-yourself" projects.
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    Check out the workbook that accompanies the Pre-Service Orientation.
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    Access a wide collection of informational and learning resources related to national and community service.
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