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February 2017 Newsletter – New York State Community Action Association

New York State Community Action Association

NYSCAA Newsletter - February 2017
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From the CEO

You will see in this Newsletter just some of the activities and events that NYSCAA and the state’s Community Action network have been engaged in this last month...But as I was sitting here deciding what I might want to say to you in this letter, an e-mail popped up with quotes for writers. Not only did this coincidence of timing strike me, but the first quote in the e-mail really spoke to me. “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world,” said Robin Williams...


11th Annual Poverty Symposium
March 28-29 in Troy, NY – more info

CA Awards
NYSCAA's Community Action Awards are now open for nominations...more info.

2017 Poverty Report
NYSCAA's 2017 Poverty Report is complete and online for viewing!  The report is designed to be a resource for New York's Community Action Agencies, community-based organizations, policy makers, advocates, community coalitions, and the general public.

Advocacy Day
Last month NYSCAA hosted our first ever Advocacy Seminar at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY...The highlight of the event was having Community Action recognized on the floor of the assembly!  This was a great way to recognize our Community Action network and all they accomplish.

ELI [Emerging Leaders Institute]
February 9 & 10 we hosted our first in-person seminar for the 2017 ELI group...more info.

Congratulations, Phoebe!
We are excited to announce our Director of I.T., Phoebe Schimpf, has been promoted to Deputy Director for NYSCAA...

Updates at our Agencies!

Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency announced the opening of Head Start classrooms in Oneida and Morrisville this month...

RECAP's Strike-Out Hunger Bowl-a-thon was featured in Orange Magazine NY's December/January issue.  The event raised funds for their food pantry...

Opportunities for Broome hosted a Food Distribution through the Food Bank of the Southern Tier this month...

DYCD in partnership with the First Lego League, hosted a Leggo my Lego competition introducing robotics to roughly 150-200 fourth to eighth-grade students at 20 COMPASS program sites.  Through this hands-on project-based competition, students learned about STEM concepts such as computational thinking, programming, mechanical engineering, and the engineering design life cycle.  Skills critical to future success such as public speaking and teamwork were also worked on.

In the News & Helpful Tips

Webinars & Conferences

See newsletter for listing of upcoming events including NYSCAA conferences, NYSCAA webinars, and national conferences


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