Best Practices and Exemplary Programs Awards

Typically held on an annual basis, OACAA’s Best Practice Awards have recognized some of the greatest programs in Ohio’s Community Action Network. In partnership with The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs, nominations have historically been reviewed, scored, and awarded to programs that are not only an outstanding example of helping people and changing lives, but could be replicated across the state.

OACAA recognizes one of the factors that makes Community Action unique, is our agencies’ ability to create programs just as unique as the communities they serve. Because of that, the Best Practices Committee chose to reevaluate the awards process to ensure it remained an accurate representation of our network. The result was the development of two separate recognitions: Exemplary Programs and Best Practices.

Exemplary Programs are anti-poverty initiatives including programs or other agency actions that introduce strong programs or community economic development that will benefit the low-income population. Exemplary Programs support or assist in supporting individuals, families, or both, on their path to self-sufficiency or they prevent people or communities from slipping into poverty as an anti-poverty initiative. Programs nominated do not have to be replicable in other communities. The designation can be awarded to agencies that show outstanding results in innovative and creative programs or initiatives.

 

Best Practices are replicable operational and management processes that can be adapted for other agencies in the Community Action Network. Examples include fiscal practices, centralized intake processes and more. Nominations will be reviewed throughout the year, recognized on the OACAA website, and will be available to other agencies to adapt to their own programs. This program is still under development and we thank you for your patience as we work to complete this transition.

Nominations

Nominations for the 2017 Exemplary Program Awards are now being accepted through November 20, 2017 November 27, 2017.

2017 Exemplary Programs Nomination Form

Nomination Procedure

Scoring Rubric

Exemplary Program Nomination Preparation, Presented by John Glenn School of Business, July 2017

A special awards ceremony will be held during the 2018 OACAA Winter Legislative Conference, January 24-26, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.

 

 

Previous Awards

Awardees prior to 2016 were recognized under the previous Best Practices Awards. Beginning in 2016, awardees are recognized with Exemplary Program Awards.

2016
IMPACT Community Action for Employment Plus. ROMA Category One. The Employment Plus program provides training and education to individuals and families to assist them in managing their day-to-day finances. Program participants complete a curriculum that includes a financial needs assessment, computer and Internet skills, work readiness training, financial literacy, and the establishment of personal financial goals. Since 2015 over 340 individuals have completed the financial literacy curriculum. Financial support for program implementation was provided by the Bank of America and The Corporation for Economic Development

West Ohio Community Action Partnership (formerly Lima-Allen Council on Community Affairs) for Steps-to-Success. ROMA Category One. Launched in 2013, the Build –up Academy prepares young adults for careers in the construction industry. Program participants complete a 10-week training program including life skills, hands-on experience in home construction, and two industry certifications allowing graduates access to apprenticeship programs and ultimately high paying construction jobs. Comprehensive case management is also provided, ensuring individualized support for each student. Since 2014, 94% of graduates have found employment with an average starting salary of $12.77/hr.

Supports to Encourage Low-income Families (SELF) for Build Up Academy. ROMA Category One. Launched in 2013, the Build –up Academy prepares young adults for careers in the construction industry. Program participants complete a 10-week training program including life skills, hands-on experience in home construction, and two industry certifications allowing graduates access to apprenticeship programs and ultimately high paying construction jobs. Comprehensive case management is also provided, ensuring individualized support for each student. Since 2014, 94% of graduates have found employment with an average starting salary of $12.77/hr.

2014
Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency for Head Start/Early Head Start Professional Learning Communities, ROMA Category 5

Community Action Organization of Scioto County for Business Resource Network, ROMA Category 4

Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland for Ohio VETS Program, ROMA Goal 4

Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission for Fatherhood Program, ROMA Category 1

Supports to Encourage Low-income Families for Getting Ahead Program, ROMA Category 4

WSOS Community Action Commission Inc. for Juvenile Offender Re-entry Initiative, ROMA Category 1

WSOS Community Action Commission, Ohio VETS Program, ROMA Category 1

2013
Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency for Roosevelt Transitional Housing Program

Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area for Youth Empowerment Center

Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area for Youth Empowerment Center Community Garden

Hocking, Athens, Perry Community Action for Learn & Work Program

Supports to Encourage Low-income Families for Butler County Microenterprise and Microloan Program

WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. for 21st Century Learning Centers New Directions After School Program

2012
Community Action of Wayne/Media for Non-Fed Committee, ROMA Category 5

Community Action Organization of Delaware, Madison & Union Counties for Right on the Money, ROMA Category 1

Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action for Transportation Group, ROMA Category 2

Lifeline for the Empowerment and Development of Consumers, Inc. for Dancing Under the Stars, ROMA Category 5

Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission for Backpack Program, ROMA Category 4

Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families for Middletown Group Workcamps Home Repair Project, ROMA Category 2

Special Recognition

Erie Huron Counties Community Action Commission for service in support of Richland County CAC

Community Action Committee of Pike County for Masco Transition Center

2011
Akron Summit Community Action for Development & Planning Dept – Research & Evaluation, ROMA Category 5

CAA of Columbiana County for Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, ROMA Category 4

Cincinnati-Hamilton County for Pre-employment Training, ROMA Category 1

Community Action Partnership of Greater Dayton Area for Hope Café, ROMA Category 1

Community Action Partnership of Greater Dayton Area for Housing Department Foreclosure Prevention Program, , ROMA Categories 1 and 2

Community Action Wayne/Medina for DARE (Develop an Array of Revenue Enthusiastically), ROMA Category 5

Supports to Encourage Low-income Families for 2010 Group Workcamps/HomeRepair Project, , ROMA Category 2

Supports to Encourage Low-income Families for Getting Ahead, ROMA Category 6

WSOS Community Action Commission Inc. for Water Operator Skills for Life Program, ROMA Categories 1 and 3

WSOS Community Action Commission Inc. for Silgan Plastics Transition Center, ROMA Categories 1 and 4

WSOS Community Action Commission Inc. for Tornado Long-term Recovery Project, ROMA Category 4

2010
Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency for Development of the CAA Complex at Jordan Crossing, ROMA Category 5

GMN Tri-County Action Council, Inc. for The L.I.F.E. Program, Roma Category 6

Lima-Allen Council on Community Affairs for Kindergarten Kamp, ROMA Category 5

Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission for United Community Rx Program, ROMA Category 4

Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families for EITC Super Site, ROMA Category 1

Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families for Individual Development Accounts (IDA) Program, ROMA Category 3

WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. for WSOS/TRIPS New Freedom Passenger Care Attendants, ROMA Categories 4 and 5

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