California Volunteers AmeriCorps Training Webinars

This includes all required monthly webinars, which occur on the 3rd Thursday at 10am. The full calendar of trainings including special offerings for Planning Grants and our Grants webinar series can be obtained through your Program Officer.  

Monthly Training Calls Required for all operating programsAudience: All programs
Planning Grants are encouraged to join as well
New Programs are invited to stay up to 30 mins. after the call for an extended Q &A session
Topic Learning Objectives

Participants will gain an understanding of:

Welcome to Program Year!

August 15
10 – 11am
• Key areas of member onboarding
• Enrollment in eGrants best practice and tips
• The importance of emergency preparedness and member safety planning
• Eligibility reminders
• Member safety and Emergency Preparedness Planning (COOP)
Setting Up Partners for Success

September 19
10 – 11am
• The importance of partner placements sites on all aspects of program success
• Monitoring and oversight requirements
• The importance of communication and feedback
• Tools & best practice
Member Engagement and Retention

October 17
10 – 11am
• CNCS Requirements for retention of members
• The importance of member training including creativity and reflection
• Understanding the member engagement cycle and planning for lows to boost morale
• The importance of member feedback
National Service Criminal History training walk- thru

November 21
10 – 11am
• CNCS National Service Criminal History Checks requirements
• Variances with CV NSCHC policy
• True Screen & Fieldprint as the only CV-approved process as of Jan. 1, 2020
We’ll jointly watch the required CNCS NSCHC course and point out variances with CV policy. Participants may take the certification test after.
Data Collection Tips & Tricks

December 19
• Consistent data collection is essential for progress reporting and setting your program up to build evidence
• The importance of ensuring instruments are capturing what’s needed
• Best practice and tips
Member Support & Retention

January 16
10 – 11am
• Critical aspects of member support to ensure retention of members and a positive service experience.
• Anticipating ad addressing the winter slump
• Field examples of creative ways to provide support
What’s working, what’s not, and what can be adjusted?!

February 20
10 – 11am
• This is the time to be reviewing program implementation
• Data review as an indicator
• The importance of gathering stakeholder feedback
• Considering adjustments and discussing those with CV
• Acceptable changes in the grants Continuation Application process.
• Examples of program adjustments
Fiscal Refresher

March 19
10 – 11am
• Key areas of budgeting and compliance
• Federal requirements
• The importance of proper documentation
Handling Staff Changes

April 16
10 – 11am
• Staff turnover is a normal occurrence and a common area of problems
• The importance of ensuring systems and information is transferrable
• Key areas critical to knowledge transfer and tools for planning
Building Evidence for Evaluation

May 21
10 – 11am
• Evaluation is key to demonstrating program effectiveness and to continuous improvement
• Identify important areas of evaluation planning & implementation
• CNCS requirements and the evidence continuum
Exiting Members – Celebration of Impact

June 18
10 – 11am
Recognizing the important impact of your members and your role in their success – let’s celebrate that together! Webinar