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Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

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2014 ELITE Cohort Program Information


To encourage and support professional development of emerging staff leaders within the Region IX CSBG network, RPIC LINKS is pleased to announce the Region IX 2014 Emerging Leaders Institute for Training & Excellence (ELITE) Cohort. The program is a facilitated self-learning course of eight training modules adapted from the national Community Action Partnership’s ELITE Implementation Resources Guide (EIRG) supplemented with a facilitated group conference-call meeting for each training module.  The training modules and materials are adapted from the national CAP’s EIRG for the Region IX RPIC program are:

• Leadership 
• Strategic Planning
• Public Administration
• Advocacy
• Fiscal Integrity
• Cultural Competency
• Human Resources
• Performance Evaluation

Training Information

RPIC LINKS would like to motivate emerging Community Action leaders to invest self-development time and attention in a structured self-learning course based on the Community Action Body of Knowledge and consistent with the Community Action Partnership’s Paths to Excellence program. The Region IX 2014 Cohort is designed around timely self-study and weekly group discussion of the modules beginning in September 2014.

Each participant can anticipate investing 1 ½ hour on each of the 10 group conference calls (15 hours) and, based on the participant’s time and interest, at least 3 hours or more studying the modules material (approximately 24+ hours) of self-study.  Each training module has an online pre-test to be taken before engaging the material and post-test (about ¼ hour each) for after study and before the scheduled module conference meeting.  Participants should expect to invest at least 40 hours total in the ELITE program, studying the material and discussing it with other program participants. The 1 ½ month program is scheduled to take place September through November 2014. Participants completing the course of self-study and group discussions will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement from Region IX RPIC LINKS, on behalf of the national Community Action Partnership.

ELITE Program Modules

Module 1:  Leadership

Pre-Test Link:
Module 1 resource download
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Module 2:  Public Administration

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Module 2 resource download
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Module 3:  Fiscal Integrity

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Module 3 resource download
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Module 4:  Human Resources

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Module 4 resource download
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Module 5:  Strategic Planning

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Module 6:  Advocacy

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Module 6 resource download
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Module 7:  Cultural Competency

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Module 8:  Measuring Performance

Pre-Test Link: 
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nCAP link to videos and slide shows for the ELITE Cohort training modules: CLICK HERE

Contact Information

RPIC LINKS has hired Breeze-Martin Consulting to facilitate the Region IX 2014 ELITE Cohort. For more information about the program or applying, please contact the program’s facilitator Rick Breeze-Martin at For general questions regarding the Region IX RPIC, contact RPIC T/TA Coordinator Adrienne Rolka at

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Community Action Day

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FREE T/TA Webinars in April!

T/TA Webinars

COLLECTIVE IMPACT: A Community Change Strategy
Original Air Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Presented by: Ken Ackerman, VirtualCAP

Collective impact, as described in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (Winter 2011), is an approach that can lead to powerful results in solving societal problems beyond what any "single organization, however innovative or powerful, could accomplish...alone." This webinar will begin with an overview of the five conditions of collective success. Then we'll explore some initiatives that promote coordinated approaches toward eliminating poverty. These will include some examples where CAAs are serving in leadership roles. 

Collective Impact: A Community Change Strategy PDF (PowerPoint slides with links)
Collective Impact: A Community Change Strategy Webinar Handout

Original Air Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014

Presented by: Ken Ackerman, VirtualCAP

How do you measure self-sufficiency in your community? Pinning down the answer to this question is critically important to design effective anti-poverty strategies for your agency. This webinar will highlight various resources that will help you break down factors involved with building family economic security. This information can also help you to promote a greater understanding of poverty in your community, as well as to foster key partnerships and advocacy efforts.

Self-Sufficiency and Economic Security PDF (PowerPoint slides with links)
Self-Sufficiency and Economic Security Webinar Handout

BOARD RECRUITMENT & RETENTION: How to Move from Bored to Board
Original Air Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Presented by: Joan Minasian, Davies & Associates

Summary: This webinar will walk you through the ten basic responsibilities of the board, explore strategies and best practices on board recruitment, and provide you with the tools and support to assess your board's current functionality. After assessing your board, you will be able to identify and implement intentional steps towards creating a great board - one with productive relationships wherein board members understand and embrace their roles and responsibilities and create a vision for the future.

How to Move from Bored to Board Toolbox

How to Move from Bored to Board PowerPoint
Ten Basic Responsibilities of the Board
Board Skills Analysis
Board Officer Job Descriptions
Board Member Contract
Suggested Contrent for Board Handbook
Board Attendance Matrix
Annual Board Evaluation
Board Terms Matrix
CAPLAW: Board Composition/Selection Best Practices Checklist

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: How to Succeed in Your Role as a New Director
Original Air Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014 

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Presented by: Carol Davies, Davies & Associates

Summary: This webinar will teach you how to create a career engagement strategy that will enable you to fully maximize opportunities and effectively build networks within your first year as a new director. You will develop an understanding of your new position as an organizational leader, learn the keys to success in transitioning to an executive position and discover the key functional areas that will help you be perceived as a high impact performer and valuable asset to the agency.

How to Succeed in Your Role as a New Director Toolbox

How to Succeed in Your Role as a New Director PowerPoint
Becoming a Great Executive Director
Three Lessons from a New Executive Director
Survival Tips for a New ED
Checklist for New Directors
Leading an NPO: Tips and Tools
Tips for Transitioning to a Senior Nonprofit Role
Managing a Leadership Transition

DATA COLLECTION & MANAGEMENT: Leveraging Data for Action
Original Air Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Presented by: Allison Hensleit, Davies & Associates

Data - we try to collect it, we try to analyze it, and we try to respond to it.  More often than not, lot of time and effort is spent with little to show for how our data can be utilized to assess and improve our programs. This webinar will cover a variety of tools and techniques to help your organization build an intentional data management strategy using new approaches for effective and sustainable data collection. In addition, you will learn how to select and evaluate targets, identify NPIs requiring performance improvement plans, and, most importantly, tell compelling stories with your data.

Leveraging Data for Action Toolbox

Leveraging Data for Action PowerPoint (including Appendices)
Getting Started with Data-Driven Decision Making: A Workbook

DIVERSIFYING REVENUES: How to Sustain our Work
Original Air Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014 

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Presented by: Carol Davies & Joan Minasian, Davies & Associates

This webinar will provide you with the tools and support to create a funding strategy that builds a sustainable organization.  You will learn how to evaluate your current approaches and sources of funding and identify what funding models align with your organization's mission/vision. With this foundation, the webinar will explore potential revenue sources and your "fit" with each source, teach you the necessary infrastructure required for a successful funding strategy, and  how and when to make that big decision to implement.

How to Sustain our Work Toolbox

How to Sustain our Work PowerPoint
Recommendations for Sustainability
Finding Your Funding Model: A Practical Approach to Nonprofit Sustainability
Ten Nonprofit Funding Models


Governor’s Budget Released January 9

Cal/Neva Seeks Executive Director

SAVE THE DATE - 2014 Annual Conference April 29- May 1

Cal/Neva Seeks Executive Director

NEW RFP Opportunity - Regonal Symposium Meeting Planner

Impact of Sequester Cuts to Community Action Programs

CONGRATULATIONS to our newest California CCAPs ~ Lucy Hernandez (Glenn) & Tim Hockett (Ventura)

NEW RFP Opportunity - Regonal Symposium Meeting Planner

Volunteer at Your Local Community Action Agency


Benicia Community Action Council

Developing New Skills for a Complex World

2013 CSBG Learning Institutes

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Cal/Neva Board of Directors



Brian Angus
Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission
1st Vice President
Gene Walker
Community Action Partnership of Riverside County
2nd Vice President
Brenda Callahan-Johnson, CCAP
Merced Community Action Agency
Ernie Flores
Central Valley Opportunity Center
Patricia L. Nickols
Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County
Advocacy & Education Committee
Jeremy Tobias
Community Action Partnership of Kern
Legislative & Public Policy Committee
Val Martinez
Redwood Community Action Agency
Membership & Meetings Committee
Fran Forman
Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County
Representative, Board
Connie Jones
Community Action Partnership of Orange County
Representative, NCAF
Clarence W. "Buddy" Ray, CCAP
Community Action Partnership of Orange County
Representative, Region IX
Past Board President
Darick Simpson
Long Beach Community Action Partnership
California/Nevada Community Action Partnership
John A. Heath

National Initiatives

Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP)

The national Partnership offers a professional credential program for Community Action leaders and staff. Learn more.

California CCAPs

Congratulations to our newest California CCAPs!!
Lucy Hernandez (Colusa- Glenn-Trinity)
Tim Hockett (Ventura)

  • Godwin Aimua (Riverside)
  • Su Briggs (Merced)
  • Brenda Callahan-Johnson (Merced)
  • Dana Campbell (Butte)
  • Lois Carson (Riverside)
  • Janet Hough (Riverside)
  • Lynn Grogan (Cal/Neva)
  • Debra Jackson (Riverside)
  • Maria Juarez (Riverside)
  • Katherine Latta (Riverside)
  • Richard Lemire (Riverside)
  • Jim Masters (Center for Community Futures)
  • Grace McIntosh (San Luis Obispo)
  • Clarence "Buddy" Ray (Orange)
  • Tim F. Reese (Cal/Neva)
  • Gloria Rogers (Butte)
  • Kathryn Snyder (Riverside)
  • Lanita Tademy (Riverside)
  • Thomas Tenorio (Butte)

Pathways to Excellence

Pathways to Excellence is the national Partnership's capacity building initiative. This initiative focuses on getting organizations started on their own unique journey toward excellence using the Self-Study and Comprehensive Feedback Process as diagnostic tools for setting agency improvement priorities. Keep in mind that you can't improve what you don't measure, and you can't set in motion an improvement strategy if you don't first establish "what's most important" to improve, and where you need to begin. Learn More


The Emerging Leader’s Institute for Training and Excellence examines leadership skills, builds or enhances content knowledge, and develops focused Individual Development plans that can be used to plan and guide development – and career! - as a leader.

The format is simple:

  • A topical webinar is hosted every other week for 6 months.
  • Reading from the nCAP Body of Knowledge
  • Post replies to two short essay questions (~250 words) on the CSBG T/TA Resource Center Forum
  • Respond to others’ posts
  • Network with co-workers from all over the US
  • Contact Cal/Neva to learn more!

Cal/Neva Capacity Building and T&TA Resources

Cal/Neva offers a variety of capacity building and training & technical assistance resources to CSBG eligible entities each year. These activities are funded through our contracts with the California Department of Community Services & Development and the federal Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services. Cal/Neva encourages your agency to review the resources listed below and request a resource/training by calling Cal/Neva at (916) 443-1721. All resources and trainings listed below are offered free of charge to your agency – please take advantage of these opportunities!

Peer to Peer Trainings

Peer to Peer training is utilized when a peer requesting assistance is matched with an expert peer to deliver training on a specific topic area. Examples of peer to peer trainings include financial management, human resources, community development and board administration. These trainings are designed to utilize the CSBG peer network to improve innovation and creativity. Request a peer to peer training today.

Tripartite Board Trainings

Cal/Neva is pleased to offer with tripartite Board trainings to CSBG eligible entities. These trainings are provided by Cal/Neva’s Executive Director, Tim Reese, who covers the following topics: history, philosophy and current challenges of Community Action and the roles, rights and responsibilities of the tripartite Board.

Outside Consultants

Do you have a specific need or challenge that would benefit from training provided by an expert consultant? Cal/Neva can arrange for a consultant to come to your agency and provide training (or a series of trainings/meetings) – examples of topics that can be provided include sustainability planning, executive director recruitment & retention and fiscal systems consulting. 

Peer Roundtables

Throughout the year, Cal/Neva coordinates peer “Roundtable” small group meetings. The roundtable concept is to have Community Action professionals convene on a particular subject or topic to strengthen skills, form relationships and share field-tested practices. This year, Cal/Neva will be coordinating the following roundtables:

  • Administration Roundtable – held in-person prior to every CAC meeting in Sacramento
  • Finance Roundtable – held via conference call
  • Marketing Roundtable – held via conference call & webinar

Education & Events



  • Arizona Community Action Association (ACAA)
  • California/Nevada Community Action Partnership (Cal-Neva)
  • Nevada Community Action Association (NCAA)
  • Hawaii State Association of Executive Directors of CAAs (HSAEDCAA)
  • Guam Bureau of Social Services Administration (GBSSA)
  • American Samoa
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Funded through the Office of Community Services (OCS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a cooperative agreement supports ongoing State, regional, and National T/TA strategies for collaboration, capacity-building, and exemplary practice in the CSBG program and among State Community Action Agency Associations.

Eleven Regional Performance and Innovation Consortia (RPIs) are funded for 2-years to serve as regional focal points and lead the development of a comprehensive and integrated system of T/TA capacity-building activities.  Each Regional Performance and Innovation Consortia (RPIC) coordinates regional T/TA activities among State Associations with the central mission of ensuring that all CSBG-eligible entities are able to meet high-quality performance standards and utilize evidence-informed service approaches to address the identified needs of low-income people in communities.  

RPIs institute a regional approach for T/TA coordination and information dissemination; foster efforts that promote the primary mission of the RPIs; and work in partnership with OCS and established national CSBG technical assistance centers focused on performance management, risk mitigation and quality improvement, legal compliance, as well as two new Centers of Excellence focused on Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) Next Generation practices and Organizational Performance Standards. 



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Community Action Partnership of Natrona County

Community Action of Laramie County, Inc.

Carbon County Community Action Committee

Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council

West Central Wisconsin CAA, Inc. (West CAP)

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Community Action Inc. of Rock & Walworth Counties

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Eastern West Virginia Community Action Agency

Council of the Southern Mountains

Community Resources, Inc.

Community Action of Southeastern West Virginia

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Washington Gorge Action Program Council

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Seattle Conservation Corps

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Community Impact

Check out the Daily Show with John Stewart's segment on Community Action's solution to homelessness in Salt Lake City!

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Bradley’s War on Poverty Workshop

Coming January 26-29, 2015!

​Perfect for staff new to community action and those who want to be refreshed and re-energized!

Congress 101

Jan. 26, 2015 - $100

War on Poverty Workshop

Jan. 27-29, 2015 - $295

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2014 Conference Exhibitors