ACT Now IL Blog

  • February 20, 2024

    RPSA February Blog: Black History Month Events and Activities

    In 1926, American historian Carter G. Woodsen, known as the father of Black History Month, had an idea to organize a week that would be dedicated to celebrating the history of Black Americans and educating future generations. This month offers a variety of events and activities to celebrate Black History Month. Here are a few…

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  • January 31, 2024

    RPSA February blog: Black History Month Events and Activities

    In 1926, American historian Carter G. Woodsen, known as the father of Black History Month, had an idea to organize a week that would be dedicated to celebrating the history of Black Americans and educating future generations. This month offers a variety of events and activities to celebrate Black History Month. Here are a few…

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  • January 5, 2024

    RPSA January Blog: Expectations for the Quarterly Meetings

    On December 12th of 2023, ACT Now hosted virtually the second quarterly meeting of FY24 for the RPSA Youth Development Services (YDS-2775) and Youth Development and Intervention Services (RYDIS-3007). In the spirit of growth and collaboration our blog this month will cover some new expectations for Quarterly Meetings moving forward.  New Expectations for Quarterly Meetings…

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  • December 11, 2023

    RPSA December Blog: Gender and Sexuality 101

    A Peek Behind the Curtain: Gender and Sexuality in OST 101 Step behind the curtain into the world of our recent December training, hosted by Andrew Hitzhusen and Emma Vibber. In this post, discover the thought process behind the Gender and Sexuality in OST 101 training’s development, key takeaways, and the elements that made it…

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  • November 27, 2023

    RPSA November Blog: Curriculum Reviews

    A comment we often hear from grantees is that they are in need of quality curriculums, but there are so many out there that they don’t know where to start. The Department of Human Services has created a list of Best & Promising Practices, but even this valuable resource can be challenging for providers to…

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  • October 9, 2023

    RPSA October Blog: The 3R Model of Workforce Planning

    For October’s blog post we are going to provide a brief overview on ACT Now’s newest training series, The 3R Model of Workforce Planning. Many programs have expressed that turnover in the field has been a consistent challenge. ACT Now listened to program providers and developed a training series that provides strategies to combat employee…

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  • September 5, 2023

    September RPSA Blog: Understanding Periodic Performance Reports

    As the first quarter of FY24 comes to a close, agencies are preparing for the submission of Periodic Performance Reports (PPRs). These reports are essential in tracking an agency’s progress towards achieving the performance goals and objectives outlined in their grant awards. This month, we will review key aspects of the RPSA Youth Development Services…

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  • July 31, 2023

    July RPSA Blog: RPSA YDS 2775 and RYDIS 3007 Overview

    For this month’s RPSA blog, ACT Now will share a brief overview of the grants we provide Training, Technical Assistance, and Support to. Going into this new fiscal year, ACT Now will provide Technical assistance (TA) on RPSA YDS (2775) and RYDIS (3007) grants. Agencies from both grants will have the opportunity to network and…

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  • July 17, 2023

    RPSA July Blog!

    Introduction:  Welcome to the new fiscal year! We are very excited to take a moment to review our role as your RPSA Training, Technical Assistance, and Support (TTAS) Provider.  As your TTAS provider, we offer support in various areas including grant compliance, networking opportunities, and training and professional development. We offer training opportunities in a…

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  • June 21, 2023

    Empowering Young Minds: ACT Now STEM Clubs

    By: Kim Turnbull In today’s rapidly evolving world, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have become the driving forces behind innovation and progress. As the demand for STEM professionals continues to rise, it is crucial to lay a strong foundation for the next generation’s success. While formal education plays a vital role, afterschool programs offer…

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