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December 2018 Newsletter – CAAP

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

CAAP News Update – December 2018
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2018 Farm Bill Crosses Finish Line … but administration’s proposed rule may undermine SNAP benefits

On December 12th, Congress voted for a $867 billion farm bill with strong bipartisan support...Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a proposed rule that would undermine states' ability to provide SNAP benefits for unemployed and underemployed people in areas without enough jobs.

If the administration’s proposed rule causes you concern, REGISTER NOW for a webinar on Tuesday, January 8 at 3:00 p.m. to learn more about a campaign to stop this SNAP rule change from happening.  The Food Research and Action Center is co-hosting the webinar with Feeding America, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and the Center for American Progress.

National Conference Dates

Community Action Partnership
2019 Management and Leadership Training Conference
January 16-18 in New Orleans, LA

National Community Action Foundation
2019 Annual Conference
March 19- 22 in Washington, DC

2019 National Training Conference
June 19-21 in Charlotte, NC

Work Ready Helps Mother of Three Discover Hope

As Ruth was making plans to enroll in nursing school to earn her degree, the unexpected happened – Ruth suffered from a stroke...Because of her diagnosed neurological disorder, Ruth’s employment options were limited.  “I felt like there was no hope,” Ruth commented. “I could no longer do any of the types of work that I had experience with. I was lost. But then I became involved with Union-Snyder CAA.”

Union-Snyder Community Action’s Work Ready program helped Ruth meet her educational goals and find a career that's right for her – read full story.

2019 Learning Community Applications are Now Live

Applications are due by January 25th – more info and scroll down to apply.

The Learning Communities Resource Center is offering four new Intensive Learning Community Groups in 2019.  Intensive LCGs (9-12 month engagement) include:

  • Community Economic Development: Social Enterprise
  • Results at the Community Level: Collective Impact
  • Health Intersections
  • Implementing Innovative Practices (participation in a 2018 Intensive LCG is a prerequisite)

Through Community Action Academy (Moodle) and the Partnership's various online platforms, Learning Community members will have access to a wealth of evidence-based resources, on-demand video, publications, self-paced activities/assignments, online peer engagement and MORE!

Childhood Trauma’s Lasting Legacy

While poverty affects a significant portion of Americans, children are more likely than adults to live in poverty. In 2017, it is estimated that 1 in 4 American children were living in poverty.  Pennsylvania is home to nearly 1.3 million children under the age of 9, 42% of whom are low-income.  Children born into poverty often face poor living conditions, low quality education, lower high school and college graduation rates, frequent moves, fewer resources, higher rates of chronic illnesses, and a life with the constant stresses that poverty brings – see newsletter for full article.

Study Reveals Children Today Are Less Likely to Earn More Than Their Parents

Success defines the American Dream. The idea that any person can become successful in this country has been an integral piece of American history.  However, this underlying principle of the American Dream has diminished over years.  Children are the backbone of our country’s future and it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to succeed.  A recent study revealed that absolute income mobility rates have dropped to 50% amongst children born in the 1980’s compared to the 92% rate of their parents who were born in the 1940’s – see newsletter for full article.

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