Normally, around mid-July, AmeriCorps Program Staff would be making their way down to Columbus for a multi-day training to start the upcoming program year strong! We discuss updates to AmeriCorps, share best practices for a successful program year, and give Program Staff time to network with one another and share tips! However, this year we faced some unprecedented challenges due to the health pandemic we are facing. We quickly shifted gears and started planning a virtual Starting Strong training event to still meet the needs of content sharing and networking, but that also allowed staff across Ohio to stay home and stay safe. With three days of content, and three sessions each day – the training series was well attended and very engaging. Each day consisted of three 90-minute sessions discussing a variety of topics including recruitment strategies, orientation schedules, virtual meeting platforms and more! New and returning AmeriCorps Program Staff were still able to “meet” virtually and spend time sharing ideas, resources and best practices through their time together. With 26 programs launching between July 2020 and January 2021 and almost 900 AmeriCorps members serving in Ohio, the safety of our AmeriCorps Members and Program Staff is at the forefront. We continue to meet virtually on a biweekly and monthly basis to relay safety updates, provide training and technical assistance, and provide a space for collaboration and brainstorming. While AmeriCorps programming will look a little different this year in Ohio, and across the country, we are so inspired by the dedicated individuals who manage the AmeriCorps programs and those who are choosing a year of AmeriCorps Service in communities across Ohio! 2020-21 Starting Strong content can be found on the ServeOhio Website .