APRIL 15, 2021
Spring is always such a busy time in this sector and this Spring is busier than most. Given we serve such a broad range of agencies we also aim to provide a broad range of resources and updates. Each news bulletin covers a range of different topics relevant to our diverse membership.
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Have Your Say! ALIGN Membership Survey 2021 open from April 7th until May 7th, 2021.

Don't Delay - Have you renewed your ALIGN Membership 2021-22? We hope you join us!

Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant Funding for small- and medium-sized businesses, co-ops and non-profits impacted by COVID-19 to offset a portion of their costs.
April 2021 update: Applications for additional payment Applications for an additional payment of the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant for organizations impacted by the April 2021 health public health orders will open soon. The payment is calculated as 15% of the eligible organization's pre-curtailed monthly revenue to a maximum of $10,000. Eligible organizations must demonstrate a revenue reduction of 30% as well as meet the program’s other eligibility criteria.


ALIGN Budget/Election Engagement Access the ALIGN Political Tool-Kit, Messages, Campaigns, One-Pager and Fact Sheet.

Three specific strategies to help with your advocacy communications and messaging..

Tamarack's first online course Foundations of Community Engagement You'll dig into the role of community, who should be engaged, community engagement techniques, how to overcome challenges, and how to evaluate your engagement activities.
Some of you are new to ALIGN or new to the sector and may not have had the opportunity to view the popular ALIGN Indigenous Protocol Process Videos Selected Elders, advisers, and service providers shared Indigenous teachings and current practices in work with Indigenous children, families, and individuals.These informative protocol videos showcase specific culturally-based approaches to practice and ceremony with indigenous service users. The individual presentations include teachings from highly respected elders and knowledge keepers in Alberta.
Spend less time on screening candidates and volunteers. This easy to use tool also helps reduce unconscious bias.

Edmonton Virtual Volunteer Fair June 16, 2021 Reserve your virtual table today!

ALIGN maintains an on-going, updated listing of grants, awards and bursaries relevant to our member agencies.

Hear about the new digital tools that are helping people achieve wellness at work. Get ideas like group meditation or no meeting Fridays to incorporate into your agency wellness plan.

Developing your own workplace wellness plan pdf.

OHS Assessment and Control of Psychological Hazards in the Workplace OHS information for employers and workers. Psychological hazards are hazards that pose a threat to workers psychological well-being.

ESPC Research Update 2021 pdf Youth Empowered: Using Up-to-date reviews on recently published social research reports and publications. This addition includes Participatory Action Research to Understand ABC Youth Experiences with Mental Health – Reviewed by Asheika Sood.
Declared a public health emergency in many parts of Canada last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unpredictable and unwieldy health and economic crisis that threatens Canadians’ mental health, and especially the mental health of our most vulnerable people.

In this section, you will learn about some common mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression and self-harm. You will also find helpful suggestions from our Community Resource Team about how to develop strategies so you can best support your child and/or youth during difficult times
The documentary Myth: Canada Doesn’t Have Racism… was created, filmed, and shot in Calgary using stories, places, and people local to the community.

This CCVO Nonprofits at 2:00 session recording focuses on systemic racism and diversity in Alberta’s nonprofit sector, and how organizations and the community can work together to create an inclusive and safe space, supportive of all backgrounds.
The Action Alberta: Communities Responding To Hate Project Invitation To Participate. The Action Alberta: Communities Responding to Hate project invites individuals with a passion to strengthen community relations, create communities of understanding and acceptance, and strengthen our collective response to hate, racism and discrimination to join us to help facilitate dialogues with stakeholders. Action Alberta will facilitate regional dialogues in Alberta starting in the fall. They are looking for a team of facilitators willing to work with them to facilitate these dialogues online via zoom. Six training sessions (3 hours each) will be held May - August 2021 to prepare the facilitators and they will then work in teams to bring together communities.
NCSL Promoting Healthy Infant-Toddler Development by Supporting Teen and Young Adult Parents The fundamental needs of children born to teen and young adult parents are the same as for all children. Because of their unique circumstances, however, teen and young parents are likely to face additional challenges to meeting their children’s needs. This is particularly concerning because the first three years of life are so pivotal for brain development…

Happy 50th Anniversary Terra!
Laughs Over Lunch June 10 2021 will kick-off Terra’s 50th anniversary! For five decades, Terra has been empowering teen parents to succeed by offering free, non-judgmental support to young moms and dads who want more for their children!

This webcast explores strategies to help Head Start staff engage teen parents. Through parent interviews, viewers hear first-hand accounts of what engagement strategies have worked best.

The Young Parents Logic Model is a tool designed to help professionals think about how to design and improve their programs and services for young people who are pregnant or parenting
RAND - Proven Benefits of Early Childhood Interventions by Lynn A. Karoly, M. Rebecca Kilburn, Jill S. Cannon There is increasing recognition that the first few years of a child’s life are a particularly sensitive period in the process of development, laying a foundation in childhood and beyond for cognitive functioning; behavioral, social, and self-regulatory capacities; and physical health. Yet many children face various stressors during these years that can impair their healthy development…
Strengthening Families is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. The program helps service providers work with families to build protective factors.

Two-generation models target low-income children and their parents in hopes of interrupting the cycle of poverty. The framework emphasizes the importance of using family goals to target individual family members, setting individual goals, and aligning tailored and appropriate solutions. This lens also emphasizes prioritizing relationship-building over programs and designing flexible evaluation approaches, while working for systems change to support families in their efforts.

CYCAA Certification Process Update - Expedited Route Closing May 31
Certified Child and Youth Care Counsellors with recognized certifications, can apply to ACTA prior to the expedited route closing, will become the first regulated members of CCTA...

"In order to support understanding of Children's Services' dispute resolution mechanism, we offer ongoing presentations in regards to them. These presentations have had a significant positive impact on our relationships with alternate Caregivers, clients and staff”

To stay up to date, visit our INITIATIVES/RESOURCES page where along with all of ALIGN's initiatives and resources you can also access convenient links to various SECTOR NEWS by topic - updated regularly. Get right to the info you need!