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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Linda Broyles achieves top certification for community action leaders

  • Linda Broyles, SEK-CAP, Inc. deputy director, is one of 69 anti-poverty advocates who recently received the Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) credential from the national Community Action Partnership.

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  • Linda Broyles, SEK-CAP, Inc. deputy director, is one of 69 anti-poverty advocates who recently received the Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) credential from the national Community Action Partnership.
    This designation is earned after Community Action managers and leaders successfully complete a detailed assessment of their knowledge of poverty theories, causes and remedies, ability to help low-income families achieve economic stability and comprehension of the mission, vision and values of Community Action.
    The CCAP program, established in 1993, provides persons such as Broyles with a coordinated method to validate their grasp of an extensive body of knowledge covering poverty and Community Action history and highlights how they are helping low-income families achieve economic independence.
    In order to become a CCAP, Broyles had to prepare a comprehensive record of her leadership and involvement in anti-poverty initiatives and Community Action on the local, state and national levels, develop a portfolio documenting her education and accomplishments and pass a written exam.
    Broyles has more than 32 years of children and families in southeast Kansas. Director representative of the Region VII Head Start Association to the National Head Start Association Board, she has served on the local, state, regional and national level, and has been elected NHSA vice chairman.
    Through her dedication and leadership, SEK-CAP was recruited to participate in the Program in Excellence with the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning with the University of Florida. She also developed and strengthened working relationships with community partners, and implemented a program-wide positive behavior support (PBS) initiative at SEK-CAP and co-authored a national publication on the positive outcomes of this project. PBS supports young children in social-emotional development and addresses challenging behavior, and Broyles provided PBS training throughout the nation.
    She was the second recipient of the Region VII Head Start Association’s Tom Mayer Award for Excellence in Leadership.
    Broyles was also selected by the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce to appear in the 2009 Women of Distinction community calendar.
    “During these uncertain economic times, I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the causes and conditions of poverty in order to help our organization’s customers successfully navigate any number of challenges,” Broyles said. “The CCAP process helped me achieve this by reinforcing Community Action’s history, vision, values and Code of Ethics. This experience shapes my capacity to help low-income families overcome obstacles and achieve economic stability.”
    Steve Lohr, SEK-CAP executive director, noted that Broyles exemplifies excellence in all of her efforts to make southeast Kansas a better place to live and work.
    “Our employees are juggling more responsibilities than ever before due to the economy,” Lohr said. “There’s been a significant increase in the amount of people needing assistance, but funding and budget issues on the local, state and national level are creating major challenges and concerns. The CCAP process trains our leaders and front line staff in Community Action’s best practices and provides them with a comprehensive knowledge base that can be immediately applied to some of the most difficult situations that they confront.”
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