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National CASA Podcast

Podcast LogoIn this series of interviews we provide updates from National CASA, alert you to legislative action, and share experiences from program staff, volunteers and the youth we serve. In addition, you will gain important staff and volunteer skills to help you advocate for abused and neglected children.

You can subscribe via RSS or iTunes and receive new programs as they are released. Or, you can download individual programs below by clicking on the "Download Podcast" link after each listing. And be sure to send an email with your suggestions and feedback to staff@nationalcasa.org.

Older youth often age out of the foster care system without the tools and resources needed to successfully transition to adulthood.  CASA and GAL volunteers that have been trained with the National CASA Fostering Futures curriculum are more aware of the needs of older youth and are better able to work alongside them to realize better outcomes.  In this podcast, four staff members from the Essex County CASA program in Newark, NJ discuss their experiences implementing Fostering Futures and how they are tracking and documenting outcomes.

Direct download: Fostering_Futures_mixdown.mp3
Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 5:02pm PDT

Learn how the Flex Learning curriculum can help develop more confident and effective volunteers.  In this podcast, program coordinator, Amia Barrows describes this blended learning approach and talks about her experience implementing this new volunteer training in her community.

Direct download: Flex_Learning__FINALmixdown.mp3
Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 4:12pm PDT

In this second installment of podcasts on The Peer Coordinator Model we talk with program staff to hear their experiences on transitioning to this model.  Megan Shultz from CASA of Lane County in Springfield, OR offers insight into the process including lessons learned and tips that she hopes will be helpful to other CASA programs considering this model.

Direct download: FINAL-Megan_mixdown_2.mp3
Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 4:54pm PDT

In this second installment of podcasts on The Peer Coordinator Model we talk with program staff to hear their experiences on transitioning to this model.  Laurie Laughlin from Maricopa County CASA in Phoenix, AZ discusses the challenges she has experienced and the success that she has seen, especially with volunteer retention.  

Direct download: FINAL_Laurie_mixdown.mp3
Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 4:33pm PDT

National CASA is working to find ways to provide a CASA volunteer for every child who needs one. In this podcast Michael Heaton, western regional program officer, talks about how CASA programs can maximize their resources, serve more kids and build stronger relationships with their volunteers using a peer-coordinator model.

Direct download: FINAL_Peer_Coordinator_Model_-_MH_Final_mixdown.mp3
Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 10:31am PDT

In this podcast, you will hear how CASA of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is keeping volunteers engaged by offering ongoing training opportunities.

Direct download: jjafinal.mp3
Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 2:55pm PDT

Jullian Holloway, state director of Arkansas, describes a male volunteer recruitment model.
Direct download: Julian.mp3
Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 3:21pm PDT

Janet Ward, National CASA program specialist, talks about succession planning and its importance for programs.
Direct download: janet.mp3
Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 3:51pm PDT

Sally Erny, National CASA chief program officer, explains the process of local programs expanding into neighboring districts.
Direct download: sally.mp3
Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 3:39pm PDT

Executive Director Paige Greene of Richland County CASA discusses the “CASA Quarterbacks” male volunteer recruitment model.

Direct download: paige_greene.mp3
Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 3:34pm PDT

Joni Tamalonis, National CASA evaluation specialist, discusses stakeholder surveys.
Direct download: joni.mp3
Category:Program Staff Skills -- posted at: 3:30pm PDT

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