Community Training Opportunities

Volunteer advocates are encouraged to broaden their knowledge base and stay up-to-date with the latest issues facing today's youth. In addition to CASA trainings, workshops and webinars, advocates may choose to attend relevant community programs that also can be applied to the annual continuing education requirement. Advocates, check here regularly to see if there's an upcoming program that interests you and your advocacy work. Be sure to let your supervisor know of any programs you've registered to attend!

September 2017-May 2018
Career Closet is an organization that aims to provide women who are looking to enter the workforce with professional attire. Their goal is to ensure each client feels confident and comfortable in the clothing that they choose in order to have the greatest success possible when re-entering the work force. They are located in Cranford and women looking to benefit from their services must be referred by a non-profit organization. If you know any women who would benefit from this program you can find more information and a referral form here

August 29th, 2017 and September 5, 2017
Opioid Crisis – A Public Health Enemy Webinar Series on Opioid Substances
This webinar series addresses the opioid epidemic and its threat to the people and animals who know someone that suffers with addiction. The opioid crisis has gotten worse over recent years and this series aims to bring awareness to the social and health issue in order to help the fight against addiction. The series offers 
Register here.

July 17, 2017
FBI Civil Rights/Color of Law Symposium
New Jersey Forensic Science Technology Center, 1200 Negron Drive, Hamilton, NJ 08691
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Registration 8 to 8:30 am
Due to recent events where use of force by law enforcement has increasing scrutiny by the public, press and every law enforcement agencies, the federal Color of Law Investigations course was developed to educate on the FBI's role in investigating violations under federal Color of Law statutes. The FBI and DOJ jointly present the program with the aim of dispelling misconceptions and increasing partnership. 
Register here.

August 23, 2017
Community Access Unlimited Annual Youth Conference hosted by TOP (Transitional Opportunities Program)
80 West Grand St. Elizabeth, NJ 07202
9 am to 3 pm
Registration and breakfast 9 to 10 am
Youth ages 13 and older are invited to help celebrate a day where life and skills brought together can shape tomorrow. Featuring music, festivities, youth panels, food, guest speakers, workshops and more! CASA volunteers, arrange with your age-appropriate youth to meet and attend together, or encourage them to attend.
RSVP here.

September 8, 2017
Implementing Evidence-Supported Services for Children and Families
8 am to 3 pm 
Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, 201 Village Boulevard, Princeton
NJ Department of Children and Families and NJ Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect program focused on expanding knowledge and understanding of strategies for selecting, funding, supporting and creating necessary conditions to implement and sustain evidence-supported services to achieve socially significant outcomes that meet the needs of children and families. Cost is $39.50, which includes coffee and buffet lunch. To register, contact Dalynn Knigge at 848-932-7315 or; or Bianca Kovalenko at 848-932-7316 or

Save the Date: October 25, 2017
Annual Union County Networking Conference
Community Access Unlimited, 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth
Hosted by the Union County Youth Services Steering Committee.
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