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2021 Annual Conference (virtual) – NYSCAA & NYSWDA

New York State Community Action Association

New York State Weatherization Directors Association

2021 Annual Conference

October 6, 12 & 14

Conference web page

Conference agenda

Wednesday, October 6th

Heeding the Call: Anti-Poverty Work- From the War on Poverty to the Fight for Economic Justice - Dr. Camille Gear Rich, Dorothy Nelson Chair of Law and Professor of Law and Sociology at USC Gould School of Law

Addressing New York's Carbon Reduction Goals and the New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, Samantha Pearce, Vice President of Sustainability, NYS Homes and Community Renewal

Concurrent Workshops

  • Empowering Your Organization and Employees to Reach Better Retirement Outcomes
  • Resources and Updates from the NYS Department of State (DOS)
  • Strengthening Small Nonprofits Post COVID-19
  • Understanding Radon for WAP Management Professionals
  • Positive Approaches to ASHRAE Ventilation
  • Hosting Conversations on Identity, Race, and Racism at CAAs
  • Your Dream, Your Team: Collaborating to Create Career Pathways for New Yorkers with Disabilities
  • 2020 Census Data
  • The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Overview
  • Radon Testing and Mitigation Techniques

Tuesday, October 12

General Session Keynote
Jenae Bjelland, Executive Director, National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP)
Denise Harlow, CEO, National Community Action Partnership

Concurrent Workshops

  • Accessible and Equitable for All: Strategies for Increasing Impact through one’s Community Needs Assessment
  • Current Labor Market Trends and How the Pandemic Has Affected HR Policy
  • Mindfulness and Breath Work: Practical Tools for Real Life Emotional Wellness
  • Contract and Reporting Guidance for Weatherization Managers
  • Residential Electrification: An Introduction
  • Statewide Fatherhood Initiative Panel
  • HR Session - All Things COVID
  • We are ALL in it together: A Community Schools Framework in Action
  • Applying Heat Pumps Effectively

NYSWDA Concurrent Workshops

  • Adventures in Weatherization
  • NYSERDA Funding Opportunities: PON 4000 Clean Energy Internshipand PON 3982 On-the-Job Training Programs

Affinity Groups/Roundtables

  • CAPTAIN Affinity Group Meeting
  • HR Affinity Group Meeting
  • New York ROMA Alliance Meeting
Thursday, October 18

Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life, Arel Moodie, Founder, True Speaking Success

Platinum Sponsor Spotlight: Community Software Group

Concurrent Workshops

  • "The Democracy Project: Census, Voting Issues, and Districting
  • Updates from the National Head Start Association
  • New Models for Non-Profits
  • Protocols for the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA)"
  • Are You Ready for Trouble?
  • New York City Fatherhood Programs Roundtable
  • Navigating and Managing These Times
  • Where to Begin: Small Victories in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusions

Affinity Groups/Roundtables

  • ELI Group Meeting
  • NYSCAA Finance Affinity Group Meeting


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