Justice Talks is a series of facilitated civic reflection discussions for AmeriCorps members to think carefully about their service and future civic commitments. The program practices a specific approach to civic reflection that asks members to consider their life and service experience in response to a prompt, such as a reading, image, song, or short video. Justice Talks empowers AmeriCorps members to think and talk with each other about the meaning, value and impact of their service resulting in members reporting a stronger sense of connection to the service community; increased clarity about their own beliefs, values, and assumptions; and renewed commitment to service.
Created by the Illinois Humanities Council in 2001, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and Rhode Island Service Alliance brought the program to Rhode Island in 2007 after receiving training from the Center for Civic Reflection. Now in its 12th year, ServeRI continues the program in partnership with AmeriCorps State programs, the Corporation for National and Community Service RI State Office, the Feinstein Institute for Public Service, and the Rhode Island Department of Education.