NYSCAA & NYSWDA's 2021 Annual Conference

Call for Proposals for Workshop Presentations

Deadline to Submit a Proposal: Friday, July 2, 2021

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-seven 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 front line 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 virtual conference in partnership with the New York State Weatherization Directors Association (NYSWDA) on October 6, 12, & 14, 2021. The conference will include sessions focusing on issues related to poverty, overcoming obstacles related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, moving families toward greater economic security, and more. There will also be additional sessions 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 for the virtual conference to be held on October 6, 12 & 14, 2021.

Preference will be given to interactive presentations, including 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.

  • Best Practices in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Building a More Resilient Organization
  • Digital Transformation
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Evidence-Based Programming
  • Fatherhood Initiatives
  • Messaging/Branding for CAAs
  • The New Workplace - Managing Onsite and Remote Employees
  • Transformational Leadership During Turbulent Times
  • Trauma-Informed Care

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

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

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 x 027 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.
Click here to submit your workshop presentation proposal!