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Renovate, Repair & Paint / Lead Hazard Control Courses

Required to perform renovations/remodeling and maintenance activities of older homes in a Lead-Safe manner under current HUD regulations.

4-Hour Refresher Course:
Cost:  $120/person
Call 315-624-9930 for an application and to register

8-Hour Renovate, Repair & Paint
Cost:  $180/person
Call 315-624-9930 to receive an application and to register

Remote Learning/Training Opportunities for Staff

Check out some of our other free courses available to NY State Community Action Agency staff, Board Members, and volunteers!

Free online courses for Community Action Agency Staff, Board Members and Volunteers available through NYSCAA Learn!

Sign up for your free account here: NYSCAA Learn

Courses include:

Welcome to NYSCAA

Learn about NYSCAA resources available to all New York State Community Action Agency staff. Enroll in the course to get started!

Community Action: An Overview

In this training, Jackie Orr, NCRT CEO of NYSCAA, gives an overview of Community Action. This course is broken into 10 sections, and lasts approximately 50 minutes. You do not need to complete this course in one sitting - your progress will be saved between sessions. Topics include: DOS, CSBG National Partners, Performance Management Framework, ROMA, Federal and State Laws – and more!

Community Action: Our History, Our Narrative

In this course, Dr. Aaron E. Wicks, PhD, NCRT, CCAP, previously with Action for a Better Community in Rochester, and now with the National Community Action Partnership, walks through the challenges and opportunities that Community Action has encountered throughout its history. This engaging course is broken into six sections, and lasts approximately 45 minutes. You do not need to complete this course in one sitting. Your progress will be saved between sessions.

NSYCAA Trainings

Community Action Podcast: Building Opportunities for All

Community Action Podcast: Building Opportunities for All is produced by the National Community Action Partnership, a national hub that links the nation’s 1000+ Community Action Agencies to each other and to leaders looking for solutions that connect Americans to greater opportunity. Every episode of this brand-new, six-part podcast is now available to stream or download on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher. Host and Partnership CEO Denise Harlow welcomes new guests every episode to discuss topics relevant to our network and our communities including program initiatives, training and innovation, community change, and more.

Click here to listen via SoundCloud.

Crafting Your Community Action Elevator Speech

How can you talk about what you do and why it matters in a way that grabs the attention of your audience? An elevator pitch is a brief, persuasive speech that is used to spark interest. This recorded webinar introduces the technique, core messages for the Network, and a framework for tailoring these messages for your work.

Your Money Your Goals Front-Line Staff Training

Capitalize on the opportunity to have front-line staff trained in the Your Money Your Goals curriculum by CFPB. Watch this webinar event to participate in a facilitated two-hour training of the Your Money Your Goals toolkit and related strategies for engaging with clients. Click Here


CAP National Partnership Topic Specific Resources:

1. Racial Equity

  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration - Click Here

Join us as we give tribute to the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the history of Community Action with the National Community Action Partnership CEO, Denise Harlow and Vice President of Practice Transformation, Tiffney Marley

  • Bridging to Equity: Developing a Community Approach to Racial Equity - Click Here

The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. (CAB) shares their Community Action Plan process fueled by their agency values, highlighting both needs and assets of the community while creating their local poverty snapshot. This board-led process, based on a commitment to engage with those who normally “don’t come to the microphone” as part of town hall meetings, allowed for the agency to learn and listen deeper through Listening Circles and Pop Up Poverty Conversations. CAB shares how they engaged with community, how they prepared for the process, what was highlighted in their Community Action Plan and what they did with what they learned, thus far.

  • Fundamentals of Financial Capability, Human-Centered Design & Racial Economic Inequality - Click Here

Prosperity Now’s Jennifer Medina and Brick by Brick Consulting’s Shenell Thompson discuss the fundamentals of financial capability, human-centered design and racial economic inequality. As a participant you can: Review the core components of financial capability and reflect on how your organization is supporting families in becoming more financially secure. – Become familiar with the human-centered design process and reflect on how it compares to your organization’s current approach to serving clients. – Learn about racial economic inequality in the United States and reflect on how current and historical policies and practices create disparities for households of color.

  • Healing is the Revolution: Why Trauma Work is Equity Work - Click Here

This webinar features Dr. Dense Shervington who illustrates the effects of structural oppression, societal disfranchisement on communities of color and discusses the importance of trauma-informed care for this population, providing insight on how community-based organizations can work to help create steps and opportunity for healing on the individual, family, and community level.

  • Addressing the Needs of Immigrant & Migrant Families - Click Here

On April 3-5, 2019, the Partnership facilitated our first Immigration Summit in El Paso, TX. As leaders in our communities, Community Action agencies have the potential to serve a vital role in the provision of services for immigrant and migrant families across the United States. Review this webinar to engage in a conversation on the importance of this work, to hear examples of success stories in Community Action, and to get an overview of resources and other lessons learned from our inaugural Immigration Summit.

  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Commemoration—Partnership National Webinar - Click Here

Hear from Partnership Board Chair, Bryan Duncan and CEO, Denise Harlow as they give tribute to MLK’s legacy and Community Action’s history.

  • Cultural Humility and Health Equity - Click Here

This is the second of two sessions offering an overview of the relationship between cultural humility and health equity.

  • Racial Equity in Financial Empowerment Program Design - Click Here

Calling on the work of their Racial Wealth Divide Initiative, experts from Prosperity NOW will provide participants in this event with a deep dive into the research and practice of incorporating racial equity into financial capability programs and services.

  • National Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Webinar - Click Here

Watch this webinar to hear from Nation Board Member Dr. Dalitso Sulamoyo on how Dr. King’s legacy guides his work, and to learn more about the Partnership’s vision for racial equity in America.

  • The Veiled and Cumulative Pipeline of Persistent and Interconnected Institutional Racism - Click Here

This webinar will examine persistent institutional racism throughout our society, how it has evolved, how our own unconscious behavior helps to perpetuate it, how it weakens our entire society, and how we can confront it.

  • Implicit Racial Bias—Understanding and Overcoming Our Unconscious Behavior - Click Here

This webinar will explore the manifestations of and strategies for counteracting implicit racial bias, both individually and in our institutions.

  • Understanding Racial Bias and Its Impact - Click Here

This webinar examines the concept of white privilege and the role it plays in the racial divisions that continue to plague us.


2. Poverty Trends

  • Re-entry Programs: Three Successful Approaches - Click Here

In this webinar three Community Action leaders share their successful models for helping returning citizens integrate back into communities. The discussion will highlight integrative models, utilizing community partners and successful approaches as best practices.

  • Poverty Trends: Connecting National Trends with Local Data - Click Here

This Poverty Trends webinar will offer in-depth information on the state of poverty in America and will provide participating agencies with resources on how to analyze their community data on the poverty level and provide tools for anti-poverty advocacy on the local and state level.

  • Poverty Trends: The Changing Structure of the US Economy and How It Shapes Your Local One - Click Here

Watch this webinar to explore the causes of the poverty condition: “working poor”

  • Poverty Trends: What Your CAA Can Do Next - Click Here

In this webinar, experts from the Center for Community Futures will review the key policies and strategies and invite your input as to which of these would be most effective in helping people with low incomes.

3. Trauma Informed Approaches

  • Healing is the Revolution: Why Trauma Work is Equity Work - Click Here

This webinar features Dr. Dense Shervington who illustrates the effects of structural oppression, societal disfranchisement on communities of color and discusses the importance of trauma-informed care for this population, providing insight on how community-based organizations can work to help create steps and opportunity for healing on the individual, family, and community level.

  • Shifting the Paradigm Why CAP Agencies Should Be Engaging in Trauma Informed Care - Click Here

Research from various sectors continues to build the case for the pervasive and damaging effects of trauma across the lifespan – but especially on children. With a reach into some of our nation’s most vulnerable populations, it is of critical importance for the Community Action Network to be informed and prepared to address this issue in our efforts to help all Americans achieve wellness and stability. Watch this webinar for an introductory conversation on defining trauma, its impacts, and tools that CAP agencies can use to ensure that a safe and trauma-informed approach in their work.

  • Opportunities for Transformation: CAA Anti-Poverty Practices - Click Here

Participants in the Learning Community – West CAP, Enrichment Services, Inc., and Baltimore City CAP – share how their participation in the Learning Community helped their agencies to achieve results.

  • Anti Poverty Practice Series – Trauma Informed Approaches: Three Cases - Click Here

This Anti-Poverty Case Study highlights the major lessons learned from the work of the 2015-2017 Trauma-Informed Approaches to Alleviate Poverty LCG.

  • Learning with the Learning Community: Trauma Informed Approaches to Alleviating Poverty - Click Here

Trauma-informed care is an organizational and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Watch this webinar to hear from two Community Action Agencies and one State CSBG office on their efforts to become more trauma-informed in their work.

  • Conducting an Assessment to Become a Trauma Informed Organization - Click Here

Becoming a Trauma-Informed Community Action Agency means recognizing both that consumers may have many different types of trauma in their lives and that the stress associated with working in human services may impact the staff well-being as well as outcomes of services. Watch this webinar to learn more about the tools you can use to assess the trauma awareness of your organization.

  • Trauma Informed Approaches to Two Generation Programs - Click Here

This webinar provides an overview of the current research on adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress and why it is critical to incorporate this knowledge in a two-generational approach.

4. Whole Family Approaches (Two-Gen)

Breakthrough Ideas That Move Children & Their Parents Toward Educational Success & Economic Security - Click Here

In this webinar, Marjorie Sims, Managing Director at Aspen Ascend will provide a comprehensive overview of the key success factors for a whole family approach.


Additional Training Opportunities:


  • PBS SERIES: Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America - Click Here

Explores the human stories of poverty and showcases promising solutions. A few decades ago, if you had a job, you probably did not live in poverty. But today, full-time, well-paying manufacturing and blue-collar jobs that were once a ticket to upward mobility have disappeared, and income disparity is growing. Increasingly, people working full-time in low wage jobs are living in poverty, and today, more and more of those making minimum wage are adults trying to support families.

Our goal is to better inform with facts that go beyond personal biases, media narratives, and presumptions about the American Dream. Over 40.6 million Americans are living below the poverty line, including 13.3 million children. Chasing the Dream’s reporting focuses on inequality: both economic and structural inequities informed by issues of race, age and class. We focus in on what has worked – and is working — to bring people out of poverty, and what lessons we can learn for the future. 

The expression, “sent up the river,” was coined by convicts who were sent up the Hudson River to do their time at the infamous Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, NY. FIRST DEGREE finds hope in this seemingly hopeless place by investigating an unusual college behind bars that is successfully preventing Sing Sing inmates from being sent back up the river after their release. Nationwide, over half of released inmates return to prison within 5 years, but for the past 14 years, less than 1% of the inmates that received a college degree at Sing Sing returned to prison. The film not only offers an intimate look at the stories of inmates at Sing Sing, but also highlights the greater challenges facing American society with mass incarceration, recidivism, and re-entering society after imprisonment.

Glenfield Middle School in Montclair, New Jersey, is the anchor school for the south end in Montclair. The school is divided into houses, each of whose students keep the same core teachers from sixth through eighth grade. Tourrie Moses was a highly promising student, inquisitive, engaged, and eager to learn when he entered Glenfield in the sixth grade. Friendly and well-liked by his teachers and classmates, he was elected president of the student council by eighth grade. But what happened to Moses — once considered bound for a top college by his teachers — in the ensuing years causing him to spend more time in the streets than in school? Why is Dan Gill, a teacher at Glenfield for more than 40 years, still haunted by Moses, the student he calls “the one that got away”? The One That Got Away tells the story of Moses, one of thousands of at-risk youths in America today and examines the issues of education and familial and communal responsibility for at-risk children.

Acclaimed journalist Bob Herbert explores the often heroic efforts of black families to pursue the American dream in the face of unrelenting barriers.

With so much focus on the new administration in Washington and the continuing debate over budget priorities and social programs, Work & Happiness: The Human Cost of Welfare is an interesting and provocative documentary that takes what some might feel is a controversial position: that it is the welfare system itself that keeps some people in a cycle of joblessness and poverty.

Founded by the Manhattan Theatre Club, the Stargate Theatre Company immerses court-involved youth in the theater arts as a mechanism for coping with and overcoming negative factors in their lives. Stargate Theatre: A Defining Act offers an intimate look at this program, from acting exercises to rehearsals to the performance of the company’s original Off-Broadway play, “Deeper Than Skin.”






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