Upcoming training sessions

The Five Protective Factors in strengthening communities

The Strengthening Families framework centers around five protective factors, identified through research, which can be strengthened by professionals who work with children and families. These are:

  1. Parental resilience – The ability to recover from difficult life experiences, and often to be strengthened by and even transformed by those experiences
  2. Social connections – The ability and opportunity to develop positive relationships that lessen stress and isolation and help to build a supportive network
  3. Knowledge of parenting and child development – The ability to exercise effective parenting strategies to guide and know what to expect as children develop in multiple domains (physical, cognitive, language and social and emotional)
  4. Concrete support in times of need – The ability to access supports and services that reduce stress and help to make families stronger
  5. Social and emotional competence of children – Family and child interactions that support the healthy development of children’s social and emotional skills (the ability to communicate clearly, recognize and regulate emotions, form attachments and maintain relationships)



Community Services Network of Wyoming (CSNOW) is the statewide association for Wyoming's Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) eligible entities (network partners). Our mission is to  champion the Wyoming community action network in support of the CSBG mission.

CSNOW is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a board of directors.

Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) provides funds to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities.

Everyday, Wyoming's CSBG program partners assist families with support services that empower them to overcome the effects of poverty and to support their progress towards greater self-sufficiency.


Region 8 Community Action Training Academy

The Region 8 Community Action Academy has courses that board members and staff members can go through to get training on their own time and at their own pace.  Find out more here!

Region 8 Regional Performance Innovation Consortium (RPIC) The Region 8 Regional Performance Innovation Consortium (RPIC), is a successful collaboration between the Community Action State Associations and State CSBG Offices who serve all 75 Community Action Agencies and CSBG-eligible entities in the states of: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

The Region 8 RPIC works closely with the National CAP, NASCSP, CAPLAW, and OCS to develop a Coordinated Regional Training and Technical Assistance Plans. The plans are designed to respond to the T/TA needs presented to the RPIC by local agencies from across Region 8. The developed plans for Region 8 includes numerous training topics including: CSBG Annual Report, Community Needs Assessments, Strategic Planning, Risk Assessment, Tri-partite Board Governance, and increasing the number of certified ROMA Implementers, Trainers and Master Trainers in our region.

All Community Action Agencies and CSBG-eligible entities (public and private) from Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming are welcome and encouraged to attend the trainings offered by the Region 8 RPIC. 

For more information, please contact Andrea Olson. Andrea is the Executive Director of the Community Action Partnership of North Dakota and the RPIC Lead for Region 8.

Community Services Network of Wyoming (CSNOW)
PO Box 6022 
Sheridan WY 82801

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