A National Resource to Support Excellence in Community Action

2019 Annual Conference – ACAAA

Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association

May 15-17 in North Little Rock, AR

Conference web page

Conference agenda

Pre-Conference Sessions

Board of Directors

  • Board Member Roles & Responsibilities
  • Setting the Course for the Organization through the Agency-Wide Strategic Plan
  • Explore Your Superhero Strengths
  • Make Arkansas Count: How You Can Make the 2020 Census a Success

Family Workers

  • It’s Never Too Early! Setting the Stage for Financial Literacy
  • Helping Low-to-Moderate Income Clients Achieve Financial Stability Through Financial Counseling and Education
  • Family Development & Head Start Networking & Focus Group
  • When Mommy and Daddy Can Read: The Impact of Adult Literacy on Children
  • Data Collection Practices for Front-Line Staff

Additional Pre-Conference Sessions

  • Luncheon and Awards Ceremony: FDC Recognition – Brenda Fiser Empowerment Award
  • OCS Training: CSBG Community Action Plan Training
  • ACAAA Board Meeting & Dinner
Conference Events

ACAAA Affiliate Meetings

Guest Speakers

  • Community Action Partnership Update – Courtney Kohler, Senior Associate, Community Action Partnership
  • “What is a Hero?” • Walt Coleman, Hiland Dairy; NFL Referee
  • Charles F. Cunningham Award

Luncheon and Closing Day Speakers

  • Preparing for Census 2020 – Jim Masters, CCAP, NCRT, Center for Community Futures
  • Economic Security in Arkansas – Dr. Karama Neal, President Southern Bancorp Community Partners
  • National Perspective – Clarence Carter, Director of the Office of Family Assistance and the Acting Director of the Office of Community Services at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families
  • You Are a Superhero! Go! Do Superhero Things!” and ACAAA Diamond Awards – Felicia Johnson, Sevenfold Coaching

Workshops are being offered in four groupings

Agency Leadership

  • How to Develop and Implement a SUCCESSful Family Development Program
  • ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) in Arkansas
  • The Joy of Fundraising (2-part session)

Family Services

  • Family Services: Customer Service Superheroes
  • A Family Development Program with an IMPACT
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • #Reverse the Opioid Epidemic – How You Can Help to Address the Opioid Crisis in Arkansas

Financial Management & Human Resources

  • Maximizing Cost-Effective Employee Benefits
  • Financial Planning for Agency Staff
  • The Joy of Fundraising (2-part session)

Organizational Culture

  • How to Build a Super Organizational Culture
  • Focus on Competitive Integrated Employment for Arkansans with Disabilities
  • Creating a Culture of Access in Your Organization
  • The State of Re-Entry in Arkansas
ACAAA Diamond Awards

Diamond Award Nomination Process

  • Diamond Mission Award – Innovative programs and initiatives or best practices with wide impact, broad-based support, and high levels of customer achievement and satisfaction or community improvement
  • Diamond Leader Award – Program managers/coordinators; center directors; supervisors; senior administrative staff
  • Diamond Champion Award – Program & frontline staff
  • Diamond Empowerment Award – This award recognizes those we serve. Nominations may be for individuals or for families who exemplify the journey towards self-sufficiency that is at the heart of the Community Action mission.

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