Janell Staats, energy and development director, MATURA Action Corporation, was one of 40 individuals from across America working to alleviate poverty to receive the Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) credential this year. The Community Action Partnership, which administers the program, honored Staats and the other new CCAPs Aug. 29 during its annual convention in Chicago.
In order to earn the CCAP designation, Community Action managers and leaders who work with low-income individuals and communities must demonstrate their Community Action expertise through completion of a detailed assessment of their knowledge of poverty theories, causes and remedies; ability to help low-income people achieve economic stability; and comprehension of the mission, vision and values of Community Action.
To date, there are 482 CCAPs across the country representing rural, urban and suburban Community Action agencies.
“Completing the CCAP process helped me connect the history and vision of Community Action and apply it to the current situations faced by our program participants in this challenging economic landscape,” said Staats. “That will enhance my ability to identify the best course of action to help them achieve and maintain economic stability.”
“Janell deserves special appreciation from all of us in the national Community Action Network – which serves 99 percent of the counties in our nation,” said Don Mathis, president and CEO of the Community Action Partnership. “The CCAP credential is not easy to earn. It requires real-world-of-work competencies, in-depth study of American history and public policy, and a rigorous final exam. More importantly, it shows the high-level of commitment and professionalism that Janell brings to MATURA Action Corporation.”