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Holiday Schedule: The National CASA Offices will be closed December 25 and 26 and January 1, 2015. Happy New Year!

2015 National CASA Conference - Awards of Excellence and Scholarships: Nominations are open for the 2015 Awards of Excellence. Read more about all the Awards and send in your nominations by Jan 16. Or view the scholarship page to submit an application for a scholarship by Jan 9.

Registration open for National Mentoring 2015 Summit: The 2015 National Mentoring Summit will take place January 28-30, 2015 in Washington, DC.  For more information, see the National Mentoring Partnership site.

Information about National CASA reorganization: Reminder: You can find all available information about the National CASA transition at CASAforChildren.org/Transition2014 (login required).

ShopCASA: Purchase CASA-branded promotional items and marketing materials from vendor 3dASAP.

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Network Spotlight: The Peer Coordinator Model

In September 2010 the first class of peer coordinators was trained at CASA of Maricopa County, AZ. As of December 31, 2013 a total of 428 peer coordinators nationwide were actively supporting volunteer advocates. They are coaching, guiding and mentoring advocates across the county. 2015 is shaping up to be a “break out” year for the use of the peer coordinator model in the network.

Over the last year several programs using the peer coordinator model have initiated internal reviews, evaluations, and surveys of their successes and challenges with the model.

Read their results and reflections on the model in this new article.

This National CASA spotlight is the next in a series of articles generated or suggested by National CASA regional program officers. This month’s author is Michael Heaton, National CASA Program Officer for the Western Region. In future months, we’ll continue to share information about program innovations and best practices from around the network. If you have news to share, please contact your RPO or email the National CASA Communications Department.

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