Reconnect and Recharge: NYSCAA & NYSWDA's Annual Conference

September 23-25, 2020

The Hyatt Regency - Rochester, NY

call for proposals for workshop presentations

The New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA) strengthens the capacity of the Community Action network to address the causes and conditions of poverty. As the membership association for the forty-eight Community Action Agencies (CAA) in NY, NYSCAA provides professional development opportunities, technical assistance, and resources to enhance the capacity of agencies to serve as effective, responsive community resources. CAAs are federally designated as the frontline resource for people living in poverty, providing direct services and support for education, employment and family support services for families with low-incomes. In addition to the direct services they provide CAAs are leaders in promoting community economic development through community partnerships and inter-agency collaborations.

The Conference
NYSCAA will be hosting a three day conference in partnership with the New York State Weatherization Directors Association (NYSWDA). The conference will include a first day focusing on issues related to poverty and will provide an opportunity to engage in a dialogue about poverty and potential strategies for moving families toward greater economic security. There will also be an additional 1.5 days of concurrent workshops focusing on providing professional development to Community Action Agency staff in all levels and departments.

NYSCAA is seeking proposals for workshop presentations that focus on developing the knowledge, expertise and capacity needed by CAA staff.  Preference will be given to presentations that are interactive, include strategies to engage the audience, and leave participants with new skills and knowledge they can immediately put to use with their customers.

For this conference, NYSCAA is particularly interested in topics in the following areas, but we are open to reviewing workshop proposals in other areas.

  • Collective Impact (Community Level Work)
  • The Factors that Impact People in Poverty
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Collecting/Analyzing Data
  • Messaging/Branding of CAAs
  • Evidence-Based Programming

The audience will include more than 200 CAA Executive Directors, program managers, and direct service staff from around the state.

Presentation Format
The conference will offer concurrent workshops starting on September 23rd through September 25th in 1.5 hour formats.
Audio-Visual Equipment
We encourage presenters to use audio-visual aids to enhance their presentation.  NYSCAA will provide a PC-based laptop, projector, and screen for each workshop room.  A week before the conference, the presentation can be sent to NYSCAA and it will be loaded onto a laptop. It is strongly encouraged that presenters bring their presentation on a flash drive even if the presentation was sent to NYSCAA.
In an effort to “go green” and reduce copying costs, NYSCAA will not provide handouts to participants.  Presenters are welcome to bring their own handouts.  All workshop materials will be available to participants after the conference via NYSCAA’s website, unless the presenter chooses not to have their information available on the website.

Evaluation Criteria and Notification of Acceptance
NYSCAA’s Membership Development Committee will review all Call for Presentation proposals.  Criteria for evaluation are as follows:

  • Practical applications to Community Action
  • Innovation and originality of the concept, topic or strategy
  • Clarity, depth, and specificity of proposal
  • Timeliness of subject matter
  • Engagement of session participants
  • Presenter qualifications

NYSCAA has limited funds for travel and lodging.  Please contact Charles Barbay at [email protected] or (518) 690-0491 x027 for more information/questions.

Guidelines for Submission of Proposals

  1. Complete the proposal application.
  2. Supplemental materials such as handouts or PowerPoints may be uploaded.
  3. Questions about the Annual Conference or your proposal can be directed to Charles Barbay at 518-690-0491 x027 or [email protected].
  4. An individual or organization may submit more than one proposal; each proposal must contain all required information to be eligible for consideration.
  5. Applicants will be notified by email of the committee’s decision no later than July 24, 2020.
Click here to submit your workshop presentation proposal!