Community Action Agencies all across the country are on the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing critical services for your communities in the midst of a life-threatening situation. Being a highly-responsive social service professional in these times can cause a considerable amount of personal stress, and both acute and secondary trauma, while working with our communities experiencing their own long-term and COVID-related traumas. In this webinar, Denese Shervington, MD, MPH leads us in “Start With Yourself,” providing strategies for stress management and self-care tools, and informing the planning for working with traumatized customers and communities.
Over the last 2 years, several Community Action Agencies have participated in the Whole Family Approach Community of Practice as a part of the Community Action Economic Mobility Initiative, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Hear from executive leadership from CAAs around the country who will share their Learning Community Transformation Stories and offer insights on how they use innovation to transform their organization and maximize impact for their customers and communities.
Identifying support is not a new idea in the field of coaching. In fact, support is core to working from a strengths-based approach. Mapping who is in a participant’s family honors that family change and be created or chosen. Knowing who is in the participant’s network can also be a critical resource to both participant and coach.
In this same way, coaches and other practitioners need support and an easy reference of who they can and should rely on for professional support. The Who Is In My Circle? tool helps coaches map out the people who can help them face different challenges. Completing it proactively makes it an easily accessible and visual resource.
Liz Kuoppala, Executive Director of Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership, shares her agency’s transformation story as part of the Whole Family Approach Community of Practice.
The Plaza Roberto Maestas Affordable Housing development project highlights an integrated approach to housing, land use, environmental planning, public transportation, community infrastructure, and aligned workforce opportunities. The project consists of 112 apartments in two buildings for low-income residents, a 7-classroom expansion of El Centro’s award-winning José Martí Child Development Center, a new community cultural center, office space and neighborhood retail/restaurant space. Anchoring the project is a 10,000 square foot central plaza for residents and the greater Beacon Hill community to enjoy that celebrates Latino history.
Two of the three federal regulators (OCC and FDIC) have issued proposed changes to the Community Reinvestment Act, and many are of great concern to advocates for low and moderate income people. Learn the details of these proposed changes, what they could mean to your communities and how your organization can submit a public comment opposing these changes.
Food as Medicine – Partnering to Improve Food Security and Health Outcomes among Vulnerable Populations
A county without poverty – thriving, resilient, and prosperous communities for ALL. This is what ALL IN envisions in its efforts to eradicate poverty in Alameda County, California. Through collaboration across a variety of partnerships and innovation, ALL IN seeks to ensure that all families are able to:
– Meet their basic needs for food, shelter, healthcare, and safety
– Earn an income that allows for self-sufficiency and asset building
– Obtain a quality education that positions the next generation for academic and economic success
Since 2014, ALL IN has launched strategies addressing school readiness and food security (food recovery and food as medicine), zeroing in on implementing these strategies at the neighborhood level to ensure that they are reflective and responsive of the community’s needs.
Join us as we give tribute to the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the history of Community Action with the National Community Action Partnership CEO, Denise Harlow and Vice President of Practice Transformation, Tiffney Marley.
The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. (CAB) shares their Community Action Plan process fueled by their agency values, highlighting both needs and assets of the community while creating their local poverty snapshot. This board-led process, based on a commitment to engage with those who normally “don’t come to the microphone” as part of town hall meetings, allowed for the agency to learn and listen deeper through Listening Circles and Pop Up Poverty Conversations. CAB shares how they engaged with community, how they prepared for the process, what was highlighted in their Community Action Plan and what they did with what they learned, thus far.
The Metropolitan Action Commission is partnering with families to achieve their goals of getting out of poverty through a Two-Generation/Whole Family approach. MAC’s initiative provides short-term and high-yield job trainings aimed to help Head Start/ Early Head Start parents move toward attaining living-wage jobs. This type of opportunity creates a pathway out of poverty for many families. The results are also correlated to child outcomes for those children whose parents participate in our 2 GEN initiatives.
Dr. Cynthia Croom, Executive Director of Metro Action, presents the results of MAC’s three-year 2Gen/Whole Family pilot, which includes participant and stakeholder experiences and outcomes as well as lessons learned by the agency. In addition to the presentation, three Head Start/Early Head Start parents from the last cohort, who are currently working in full-time internship positions, and leaders from two of the partnering agencies discuss their experiences.
CAP agencies are seeking information and ideas to secure funding for their whole family programs. This webinar is designed to provide information on how to identify and successfully secure those resources.
Reporting rental payments is a proven strategy that offers low-income renters an opportunity to build credit as a financial asset without taking on additional debt. This webinar features Talia Kahn-Kravis from the Credit Builders Association, who discusses the CBA-Esusu Rent Reporter platform, a tool CAAs that own and manage rental housing property can use […]
Learn how the Community Action Partnership of Lancaster, Pennsylvania is meeting the housing needs of their community by training a construction crew of formerly incarcerated individuals.
Prosperity Now’s Jennifer Medina and Brick by Brick Consulting’s Shenell Thompson discuss the fundamentals of financial capability, human-centered design and racial economic inequality. As a participant you can:
– Review the core components of financial capability and reflect on how your organization is supporting families in becoming more financially secure. – Become familiar with the human-centered design process and reflect on how it compares to your organization’s current approach to serving clients. – Learn about racial economic inequality in the United States and reflect on how current and historical policies and practices create disparities for households of color
To build a larger constituency for innovative and robust approaches to social policy and social services, 2Gen advocates need to communicate clearly and carefully. This framing “playbook,” from the FrameWorks Institute and Ascend at Aspen Institute is intended for “the choir:” agency leaders, social service professionals, advocates, and families leading their communities and constituencies toward two-generation approaches for supporting families. This resource provides guidance on making intentional choices about where to start, what to emphasize, and what to leave unsaid.
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