Mission: Same as part i item 1
Programs: Team rwb chapter and community program (ccp): the ccp is designed to welcome veterans to team rwb and immediately get them connected to events happening in their local area. The ccp delivers local, consistent opportunities for veterans and the community to connect through physical, social and volunteer service activity. These activities, hosted or facilitated by our chapters, are at the core of team rwb's mission, as member engagement is directly correlated to member enrichment. Team rwb finished 2017 with 130,000 members, over 46,000 events hosted and 212 chapters.
eage leadership development program (eldp): the eldp builds better leaders, a more effective organization and stronger communities. This program enables team rwb to invest in our volunteer leaders, known as eagle leaders, by refining their leadership skills through experience, education and mentorship. The eldp is a multi-faceted program that provides experience, education and mentorship. Eagle leadership experiences bring together eagle leaders from across regions to bond, engage in physical activities and learn "the eagle way", team rwb's proprietary leadership development curriculum. Leaders are inspired to return to their local chapter to build genuine relationships and advance our mission of enriching veterans' lives.
research language w/ enrichment equation: team rwb's mission is to enrich veterans' lives by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. We define enrichment as health + people + purpose. Headed by caroline angel, ph. D, our eagle research and innovation center (eric) is providing measurement and assessment of our programs and meaningful contributions to america. The eric uses a psychometric validated enriched life scale (els) that measures physical, mental, emotional health; genuine relationships; sense of individual and shared purpose, and sense of identity. This is the purpose of our enrichment equation. Our focus on our enrichment equation of health + people + purpose allows for a whole mind and body approach to connecting with each other in our communities. "people" relies on creating authentic connections (defined as genuine, quality, supportive relationships that generate mutual trust and accountability), reflected in an increased number of close relationships and improvements in teammates' sense of belonging, purpose, and community engagement. Team rwb's "health" focus creates frequent opportunities for team members to connect through fitness, sports, and recreation to improve physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Team rwb also enhances members' "purpose" by engaging them in meaningful team and community-based experiences such as leadership and service, that they create, lead and get others involved in. We monitor and evaluate the success of our programs along the way in two primary ways: key leader oversight closely guiding our outputs at the chapter level (number of events and type, members, volunteer service hours invested, unique veteran interactions and unique civilian interactions) and through eric to synthesize our outcomes. The els validation study received institutional review board approval from the syracuse university institutional review board on march 7, 2017. The els is the first ever innovation by a vso to measure directly on their mission statement using an internally created psychometric tool by key veteran organizational thought leaders. As we prepare to publish our els report to present the applications of the team rwb enrichment equation in not only our work, but other vso's and first responder organizations, our measurement efforts remain focused on how well our chapters implement the equation to drive positive outcomes for veterans. Staff and eagle leaders at the local and national levels use output (event numbers, participant numbers) information alongside outcome data to inform planning and operational decisions, make improvements to programs and services and demonstrate their impact to our stakeholders. With the els nearing completion, we will continue to enhance our data collection and reporting tools and processes. "when i joined team rwb in 2012 back in fort bragg, nc, i had no idea how profound an impact it would have upon my life. The last few years as chapter captain of anchorage have been amazing. Thank you for the honor and privilege to lead within this organization that stands out as a beacon to so many. Thank you for empowering me to find my purpose, my why, and for giving me my tribe. I am always here for each and every one of you. "- rachel scanlon pasag, team rwb member and eagle leader