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In 2001, the H.H.S. Office of Community Services funded the California-Nevada CAA Association, now named the Cal-Neva Community Action Partnership, for $25,000 to develop a set of distance-learning materials for Board members. The State Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) added $10,000 to the effort. John Ochoa, Field Operations Manager from CSD served as an official member of the planning team on this project, and generously contributed many materials he has developed on formation of partnerships, strategic planning, and other topics.
There are over 1,000 CAA Board members in California. Most are not able to attend conferences or training. There are three general ways the development of training materials for CAA Board members could have been approached. One approach would have been to develop a comprehensive set of materials on every topic a CAA Board member might be interested in. The second would have been to develop the “Intro Kit,” the board orientation for new members, however this would have been duplicative since the Minnesota CSBG office already has an excellent set of Introductory board materials which can be accessed through www.cencomfut.com/mnboard.pdf
materials will be available on CD-ROM, and/or on the Cal-Neva web site at http://www.cal-neva.org
but currently they are available at www.cencomfut.com/toolkit.htm
Per the provision of the grant from OCS they will also be listed on the
national clearinghouse on ROMA related materials.
There are many documents in this set of materials. Each is anywhere from
3 to 25 pages long. If you have
questions about the content to any document, or how to do the exercises, contact
Jim Masters at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (510) 459-7570.
An advisory committee was formed, and the project and draft materials were discussed with them at the Cal-Neva meetings. People who have offered their input and opinions on this effort include:
Carson, Executive Director, CAP Riverside County
this project were:
will credit many of the good ideas included here to their participation, and any
errors and omissions are solely the fault of the primary author, Jim Masters.
These materials are presented as a way of doing things, but they are not presented as being the way you must do things. As Jim’s Mom always said, “There are a lot of ways to skin a cat.” And, even though he never actually witnessed a cat being skinned, he was willing to accept this aphorism as the truth.
Center for Community Futures. www.cencomfut.com
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