For over a decade, Justice Talking has offered AmeriCorps members throughout the state a chance to stop and think about the critical work they do and what it means to serve. The program–a longstanding collaboration between Ohio Humanities and ServeOhio, The Ohio Commission on Service and Volunteerism–uses carefully chosen content and a tailor-made facilitation protocol, to invite participants to reflect on what service means to them. Between 50 and 70 facilitators are trained each year on how to guide meaningful conversations that support members’ professional development. Thousands have been touched by the program. Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, ServeOhio’s Education and Outreach Officer, notes:

“The Justice Talking program has greatly enhanced the AmeriCorps member experience in Ohio. Members engage in the important work of civic reflection and understand different points of view. In addition, members learn and hone valuable facilitation skills that they’ll use during their service year and beyond. ServeOhio is proud to partner with Ohio Humanities on this fantastic program for Ohio AmeriCorps State members.”

Justice Talking represents an example of the humanities in action, allowing participants to connect what they learn with the work they do and the way they live. In today’s fast-paced and media saturated environment, it is especially important to find time to stop, think, and reflect on what is important, and take a fresh look at critical issues. Ohio Humanities is committed to helping all Ohioans define their individual beliefs, values, and aspirations. Through Justice Talking a rising generation of leaders has the chance to reflect on their own values and the put them into action in their AmeriCorps service around the state.