Program Development Opportunities
Churches and organizations in the UA network can develop stronger programs with UA support through program development opportunities.
Featured Program Development Opportunities
Community Gardening Training, Toolkit and Consultation: A community garden is a piece of land shared by a group of people where fruits and vegetables are grown. Community gardens provide the ideal context for people to gain the knowledge, skills and experience needed to grow and prepare their own fruits and vegetables, which are foundational to a healthy diet. Community gardens also offer the added health benefits of physical activity and exposure to nature.
UA provides training, toolkits and consultation to programs that are positioned to use community gardening to help people they serve learn how to grow and use fresh produce to support their long-term health and wellness. Program leaders will receive more information about this training if they attend Revitalize learning community meetings or they have contacted UA staff to express interest in integrating health and wellness practices into their programming. Contact Angela Colantonio for more information. New opportunity with limited spots available!
Ages and Stages Developmental Screening Training
The Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) are a comprehensive set of questionnaires that can be used as a developmental screening tool to assess if a child is experiencing a delay. The ASQ-3 detects delays across five areas of development (physical motor, fine motor, communication, intellectual, or social-emotional). Additionally, the ASQ: SE-2 can be used to detect social and emotional delays or concerns. Contact Rosaicela Rodriguez for more information.
> > Upcoming Training: Ages and Stages (ASQ:SE-2) Developmental Screening, Friday, March 15 • 11:30am-1:30pm. Click here to learn more or register.
Ages and Stages Developmental Screening Toolkit
The ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2 toolkits each include questionnaires, a CD-ROM with printable PDF questionnaires, the User’s Guide and a free Quick Start Guide. Additionally, each program will receive a tote bag containing the supplies needed to administer the questionnaires and ASQ Learning Activities CD-ROM. These items provide everything needed to implement the Ages and Stages questionnaires. Contact Rosaicela Rodriguez for more information.
Offering Workshops Grant: UA provides grant funding for programs to offer workshops that help people gain additional knowledge and skills needed to make positive life changes.
During a workshop, information about an identified topic is shared with a group of people, with the goal of increasing the group’s knowledge on the topic. Generally, a workshop is offered in one session, but in some cases two or three sessions may be needed to cover a topic.
It is important for programs interested in this grant to select workshop topics that help the people they serve achieve the outcomes associated with their programing. For example, a food pantry may offer a budgeting workshop because poor money management is a barrier to food security. Or, a care ministry may offer a workshop on stress and the holidays because a number of the people they serve struggle during specific times of year.
Workshop Curriculum (Financial Literacy Workshops): Programs may identify and implement their own workshops or may contact UA staff for curriculum or workshop facilitator recommendations. In 2019, UA will also host a training provided through the Connecticut Association for Human Services to equip programs to offer financial literacy workshops to the people they serve. Program leaders will receive an invitation to this training if they attend Beyond the Basics learning community meetings or their program provides services that align with Beyond the Basics and they have notified UA staff that they are interested in receiving the invitation to attend. Contact Jessica Sanderson for more information.
> > Upcoming Training: Financial Literacy Workshop Facilitator Training, Thursday, March 21 • 9:30am-1:00pm. Click here to learn more or register.
Community Health Outreach Training and Toolkit: UA provides programs with training and toolkits to implement a community health outreach in Hartford to connect people to free and low-cost services that improve physical health and wellness. Programs receive a toolkit of materials to pack outreach bags with information about local health resources and are invited to contribute to a collaborative community outreach effort in June and/or distribute the resources through regular program services. To participate in this opportunity, program leaders and/or other program staff or volunteers must attend the Community Health Outreach Orientation and Packing Party, and must be prepared to distribute their outreach bags before the end of June. Program leaders will receive more information about this training if they attend Revitalize learning community meetings, their program provides services that align with Revitalize or they have notified UA staff that they are interested in receiving the invitation to attend. Contact Angela Colantonio for more information.
> > Upcoming Orientation: Community Health Outreach Orientation, Thursday, March 28 • 5:30-7:00pm. Click here to learn more or register.
Connecting People to Community Resources Training: UA provides training for program leaders and volunteers to equip them to connect the people they serve to resources in the community based on their needs. During this training, programs learn about the most commonly needed resources in the community, important information about accessing these resources, and strategies for making referrals and engaging with people. This training is open to staff and volunteers from programs receiving UA support through any initiative. Program leaders will receive an invitation to this training that may be shared with other program staff or volunteers. Contact Jessica Sanderson for more information.
> > Upcoming Training: Connecting People to Community Resources Training, Thursday, April 4 • 5:30-8:30pm. Contact Jessica Sanderson for more information.
Connecting People to Community Resources Toolkit: Each program that completes the Connecting People to Community Resources Training is provided with a toolkit consisting of a rolling cart packed with copies of printed materials for each of the resources discussed during the training. All toolkits contain printed materials for the most commonly needed community resources. Toolkits can be tailored to the people served by each program with additional printed resources for low-income individuals, children and families and/or people with physical or emotional health needs. Additionally, each program develops a plan for displaying and sharing resources through their program. Based on their plan, programs can receive a table and branded table cloth or a display rack.
Once a program has successfully been offering referrals to community resources for one year, they are eligible to receive support to enhance their toolkit to more effectively connect people to community programs. Examples of toolkit enhancements include the use of tablets to collect feedback from people served or complete online applications, mounted televisions with scrolling information about events and resources, or cell phones to offer follow-up after a referral is made. Program leaders may contact UA staff for more information. Contact Jessica Sanderson for more information.