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Summer 2016 Newsletter – Tennessee Association of Community Action

Tennessee Association of Community Action

TACA Newsletter – Summer 2016

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Experience Key to Cool Summer for New Executive Director

Nancy Sutherland – Executive Director of South Central Human Resource Agency

MAC Celebrates National Summer Learning Day

On July 14th area youth of the Metropolitan Action Commission technology camp participated in Nashville's celebration of the National Summer Learning Day with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry.  The youth demonstrated how they created video games through coding and animation using the Scratch software, which is a program for creating interactive stories, games and animations.  The students also unveiled five logo renderings that reflected what they believed would be important elements for Mayor Barry's 2017 Summer Internship Program.  The students also explained their computer hardware skills by showing her a computer they were rebuilding…

Partners in Fighting Poverty: CYFD Announces New Partnership

Chattanooga Youth & Family Development is excited to announce a new partnership with Northside Neighborhood House, a local nonprofit serving North Hamilton County.  The partnership between CYFD and NNH will include a satellite office of Chattanooga Youth & Family Development's Social Services Division at the new Soddy-Daisy location of Northside Neighborhood House, where CYFD staff will provide assistance to residents of North Hamilton County one day per week…

CareerFirst Gives Young People Tools to Transition to Career

A new program wants to make the transition to work easier for young adults. CareerFirst provides individuals ages 16-24 with the tools needed to start out in the work world.  The new program, which serves individuals who are not enrolled in school, aims to give young people more than just a minimum wage job.  "We want to help students in choosing a career path that offers a chance for growth and then help them get started on that path," said Dr. B.J. Lowe, Assistant Director, CareerFirst.

Someone who wants to be a nurse may job shadow a nurse and then qualify for CNA or LPN training.  Someone who wants to own a garage may get work experience with a mechanic and then complete related training.  The program also provides occupational training, assistance in earning a high school equivalency diploma or postsecondary certificate, leadership training, support services, mentoring, comprehensive guidance and counseling and financial literacy training…Many who enroll in CareerFirst will also have the chance to add work experience to their resumes.  The program provides paid and unpaid work experience…

Gardeners Show Fruits (and Vegetables) of Their Labor

Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee's Green Thumb Community Gardeners recently showed off the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor to CAC Board Members who were visiting Love Towers.  CAC encourages public housing residents to garden together and provides garden assistance and nutrition education. Seniors grow fresh vegetables and herbs to supplement their diet with more nutritious foods.  CAC also works with low-income individuals, families and seniors to grow healthy food in 23 community gardens across Knox County with 254 community gardeners.

ROMA Next Generation

The Office of Community Services released the current draft of ROMA Next Generation (for the first of two public comment periods) on June 16, 2016, through the Federal Register.  This comment period runs for 60 days...

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