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January 2017

In this issue of CASA/GAL News:

Six-Month Reports Due January 23

The mandatory National CASA Association six-month report for July 1 to December 31, 2016 is now available online and open to the network for data entry. The six-month report is a requirement by National CASA's largest funder, the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). OJJDP funds are the primary funding source for pass-through grants to CASA/GAL programs, our national training curriculum, marketing and awareness activities, quality assurance and technical assistance to the network.

All member program reports are due no later than Monday, January 23, 2017, in order to allow enough time to meet deadlines established by the federal government. National CASA is required to submit network-wide data to OJJDP by January 30, 2017. For your convenience, a blank copy of the report is available to download.

Reporting program data is required for all state and local CASA/GAL member programs. Accurate and complete data is critically important to securing and retaining funds to expand the impact of the CASA/GAL network.

Additional details on how to access the survey and dates for upcoming informational webinars are now available. Read more.

Update on December 2016 Local Grants Program

The application for the December 2016 Local Program Grants opportunity closed on December 16, 2016. National CASA received more than 100 applications from programs directly serving children in 38 states and anticipates awarding grants totaling $1.2 million of combined funds from Jewelers for Children and OJJDP.

Capacity-Building and Growth Grant applications received by the deadline are currently being reviewed by a combination of National CASA staff persons and external grant reviewers. Both grant categories require that grantees increase the number of volunteers activated and children served as a result of the funding.

Applicants will be notified by the end of the month. We anticipate announcing the awardees for both grant categories to the network in next month's CASA/GAL News. Stay tuned!

Register Now for the 2017 CASA/GAL Conference in Seattle

Join your colleagues at the upcoming National CASA/GAL Conference March 11 - 14, 2017, in Seattle, WA, the city where it all began. Conference attendees will hear from HLN’s Michaela Pereira, founder of the CASA/GAL movement Judge David Soukup and a full lineup of extraordinary keynote speakers, to be announced in the coming weeks. Registrants also have the opportunity to choose from more than 100 workshops on key topics in child welfare, governance, volunteer management, program operations and more. Register for the conference today.

Withers Bergman Selects National CASA as Charity of the Year

We are proud to announce that Withers Bergman, LLP, a top international law firm, has named National CASA as its Charity of the Year. As 2017 begins, Withers Bergman will work with National CASA to identify opportunities for the organizations to work together to move our mission forward. This includes fundraising, pro bono legal services and working with local CASA/GAL programs in the cities where the firm has offices.

With 17 offices, 167 partners, more than 1,000 staff members and more than $200 million in global revenue annually, the firm serves clients in more than eight countries. In the United States, Withers Bergman, LLP has offices in California, New York and Connecticut.

Throughout the past few months, National CASA has been facilitating introductory meetings with CASA/GAL offices in these three states to identify needs and align resources.

Akerman Academic Excellence Scholarship Application Opening Soon

Akerman LLP and National CASA are excited to announce the upcoming 2nd Annual Akerman Academic Excellence Scholarship application process. As part of the Akerman $1 million pledge to National CASA, an endowment fund was created to support the Akerman Academic Excellence Scholarship. This program is designed to help young adults who have spent time in foster care pursue a post-secondary education through an accredited institution of higher learning such as a university, career college, or technical school. In June 2016, the first scholarship, in the amount of $2,500, was awarded to Katherinne Peraza – an outstanding young woman who has demonstrated a commitment to academic achievement.

We encourage state and local member programs to begin thinking about potential candidates so you can quickly share the application when it becomes available on January 24, 2017. Learn more about this year's application process.

January is National Mentoring Month

The White House has once again proclaimed January 2017 as National Mentoring Month. National MENTOR has developed a toolkit to engage organizations and individuals supportive of mentoring children and youth. The toolkit includes social media content and graphics, as well as statistics and information about a mentoring video series that highlights the value of a mentor in a child’s life.

Inspired by a viral video of President Obama teaching NBA player Steph Curry how to shoot a basketball, the new video series features professional athletes being “mentored” by a young person on the thing they are best known for in the world. This approach is designed to make mentoring more accessible and encourage adults to become mentors and elevate young people’s role in the relationship. Given that CASA/GAL volunteer advocacy has a mentoring component, this content may be relevant to your volunteer recruitment efforts. Follow National MENTOR’s YouTube channel to share the videos as they are released throughout the month.
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