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Vote: A Message and an Invitation

*updated 11/8/18

We are a nonpartisan organization, but we recognize the opportunity of engaging in the process of electing leaders that reflect our values. Election Day brought a significant increase in civic engagement in most of the country.

NxtGov is hosting our Election Event this Friday November 9th.

This smaller, but significant election represents our work in serving the public, collaborating across the silos, and inspiring the current and next generation of public servants; those that will stay and continue to serve for a better good no matter the politics.

The NxtGov Executive Team Election is a representation of growth and the acceptance of change. We learn, we grow, we pay it forward, and we adapt.

Over the last year, NxtGov has continued to expand thanks to the support from our members, leaders and partners. It is your support that allows us to flourish in our mission to bring pride back to public service and break the silos that can help us transform government.

The diversity of our effort is uplifting.

Our NxtGov Ambassadors represent 15 departments across state and local government with experience spanning from a few months to 10 or more years in the public/private sector.

Our network has over 400 members from across all backgrounds and we are proud to continue to support local organizations that connect with our values of service, collaboration, and inspiration.

Join us at the NxtGov Election Event Friday, November 9th from 5pm to 7pm at Sacramento City Hall where you will be able to hear from our NxtGov Executive Team Candidates and have the opportunity to meet members, partners, and sponsors; including one of our first and biggest supporters, GovOps Agency Secretary Marybel Batjer.

You can still engage and support our public servant leaders. They are ready to take NxtGov to the next level. Cast your vote now.

Sincerely,

Angie

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PS: As we enter the month of Thanksgiving, I want to recognize and give thanks to our current Executive Team. You have all been there from the start and it’s your dedication to our mission and the passion that you bring to your role that generated the energy and support that has taken us this far and allowed us to grow. I am forever thankful.

NxtGov Ballot, RSVP For Election Event, Updates

 

 

RSVP For Election Event

and/or Vote Now!

We are hosting an in person election event with special guests and light appetizers. All of our partners, sponsors, and members are invited.

Friday November 9th
5:00-7:00pm
Sacramento City Hall

Agenda

5:00 Check-in and Mingle with appetizers
5:30 Welcome- Angelica Quirarte, Founder & Exec. Director of NxtGov
5:45 Keynote by special guest: GovOps Secretary, Marybel Batjer
6:00 Candidate Introductions
6:30 Voting and more Mingling
7:00 Wrap up

RSVP

You can Start Voting now for your NxtGov Candidate!
Do keep in mind the Voting Rules:

  1. You must be a subscribed member of NxtGov to vote
  2. Online votes count for 1 point
  3. In person votes at the election event count for 10 points
  4. You can only vote for one candidate per position
  5. You can only vote once

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Community Engagement Opportunities

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NxtGov is Partnering with APSEA!

Join us Oct 27th

“My Sister’s House Run for a Safe Haven”

My Sister’s House Run for a Safe Haven has been a primary fundraiser for the past 15 years. Beginning in 2003 with only a few hundred runners, the Run for a Safe Haven has become an annual tradition for many living in the Central Valley. In 2017, over 1,000 registered runners raised over $65,000 for My Sister’s House services and programs. This year is the 15th anniversary of the Run for a Safe Haven.

Thank you for joining us in “Working toward homes without violence and lives without fear.”

Join the fun and register under “APSEA”. Team registration is $32 per team member. 

See here for the registration details for instructions!

Special Community Engagement Opportunity


Join NxtGov as we partner with the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Shelter to distribute turkeys this Thanksgiving!

Spaces are limited- save your spot now!

What: The Annual Turkey Distribution at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
When: Monday, November 19, 6:00 – 9:30 AM
Where: 3333 Third Ave. Sacramento CA 95817
RSVP: Contact Sean.Harrison@fire.ca.gov with names and email addresses for each volunteer!

This one-day event allows approximately 4,000 families to be given turkeys and other Thanksgiving foods. Able-bodied volunteers age 16 and up are needed to assist clients who are struggling or disabled with carrying their turkeys. This does not involve bagging or distribution. This event has the possibility of being physically demanding as you will have to walk families to their car (up to a few blocks in distance in some cases) with turkeys and grocery bags that might be heavy. Hurry – spots filling up!

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October Opportunities

 

 

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BoOctober – WHAAt an Exciting Month We Have Ahead!

Opportunities to Get Involved

Meet the Candidates!

 

NxtGov is hosting elections for our Executive Team roles and we encourage you to take a moment to meet our candidates! Subscribed NxtGov members will have the chance to vote via online ballot or in person. The ballot will be sent out mid-October and the election event will be held on November 9th. You will have the chance to meet the Candidates at the NxtGov Happy Hour on October 25th and throughout some our October events! In the meantime, check out their awesome profiles!

Meet the Candidates

Casting Call! Star in a Video Series

 

NxtGov is partnering with Innovative Pathways to Public Service and we are doing a casting call for public servants who want to appear in short videos talking about their experience in public service! T

his includes all our members in local governments and special districts and municipalities such as SMUD. The video series is part of a regional effort that is looking to increase recruitment and retention into public sector jobs.

We are looking for genuine, enthusiastic, and diverse faces. Ideal candidates should have worked in public service between 1 to 5 years and represent various types of jobs in government, from analysts, to scientists and more.

Contact us if you are interested!

Happy Hour

 

When: Thursday, October 25th, 5:00 – 7:30 PM
We had a ton of new faces at the last Happy Hour! Thanks to Cal-IPGCA participants for bringing your friends. Join us at the October Happy Hour! This will be your chance to meet new friends and chat with the NxtGov Election candidates!

Community Engagement

Sac Food Bank & Family Shelter Clothing Donation

 

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018  6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, 3333 3rd Ave, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA
NxtGov will volunteer every 3rd Wednesday of the even months at the Sac Food Bank & Family Shelter Clothing Donation Center! Volunteers are needed to help with sorting clothing, organizing the program area, and helping shoppers with finding items. We are in need volunteers and would love to have you participate in this evening of service.Please join us for an evening of service with the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services! NxtGov will support this organization’s clothing program, which distributes clothing to those in need.

NxtGov Community Engagement Monthly Meet Up

 

*New Location*

Help plan our November Thanksgiving-related event!

When: Thursday, October 11, 2018  6:00 – 7:00 PM
Where: Old Soul Capitol Mall, 555 Capitol Mall, Sacramento 95814

Click here to learn more about NxtGov’s Community Engagement Program!

Professional Development

What are your training needs and interests?

 

NxtGov’s Professional Development Committee is working on developing future events and want to hear what topics you are most interested in. As we are a member-driven organization, we would like to build our content around what you most need and want.

 Please complete this 5 minute survey to help inform our efforts!

Take Survey Here

NxtGov Professional  Development Monthly Meet Up

 

When:  Tuesday, October 23, 2018  5:30 – 6:30 PM
Where: Temple, 2200 K St, Sacramento, CA 95816
Click here to learn more about NxtGov’s Community Engagement Program!

Recruitment

Pathways to Public Service at Sac State

 

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018  1:00 – 3:00 PM
Where: Sacramento State University, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819

Volunteers needed! Coordinate with Director of Recruitment.

This fall Sacramento State is hosting a Pathways to Public Service Conference on October 17th. We are looking for a facilitator for a one-hour session “How to Network Yourself into a Government Job.” This is a great opportunity to connect with up to 180 students interested in careers in government.

This conference offers you with the opportunity to provide 180 students with pertinent information regarding developmental strategies for students seeking federal, state, or local government opportunities. We would like to invite you to help us facilitate our “How to Network Yourself into a Government Job” workshop designed to help students develop the mindset and strategies to network with federal, state and local government recruiters and contacts.

Our goal is to assemble a dynamic group of employers who represent a broad range of occupations and majors within government to share their expertise.

I’m Interested

Connect with Us

NxtGov is on Slack!

 

NxtGov is now on Slack! Follow these simple steps to join our workspace and stay on top of all upcoming events:
  1. Request to join our workspace
  2. Once you’ve filled out your profile information and joined NxtGov’s workspace, introduce yourself in the General channel
  3. Now that you are a part NxtGov’s workspace, you can be requested to specific channels. These channels include: Community Engagement, Professional Development, Recruitment, and Random. Request to be a part of any channel you want (we encourage you to be a part of all of them!) in the General channel.

NEW NxtGov Calendar!

 

You can now find all of our events on the NxtGov Calendar from our homepage!

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September Opportunities and Updates

Opportunities to Get Involved
NxtGov is on Slack!
NxtGov is now on Slack! Follow these simple steps to join our workspace and stay on top of all upcoming events:
  1. Request to join our workspace
  2. Once you’ve filled out your profile information and joined NxtGov’s workspace, introduce yourself in the General channel
  3. Now that you are a part NxtGov’s workspace, you can be requested to specific channels. These channels include: Community EngagementProfessional DevelopmentRecruitment, and Random. Request to be a part of any channel you want (we encourage you to be a part of all of them!) in the Generalchannel.
NxtGov Executive Team Elections!

The NxtGov Executive Team is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for NxtGov Executive Team positions. Everyone is welcome to run for an Executive team position. All the information about the positions (including descriptions and terms) is available in this document. The nomination process is simple. Just complete the nomination form anytime by September 16 and we will follow up with a confirmation and prompts for the Candidate Profile which will be published on our website in October. All NxtGov subscribers will have the opportunity to vote for these positions online and at our election event on November 7. Nominate yourself, nominate others, and be part of the change! More details to come!

Current Executive Team members are hosting information sessions on Tuesday, September 11th at Old Soul (555 Capitol Mall Sacramento) from 12:00 – 1:00 PM and at 5:30 – 6:30 PM. Come with your questions about NxtGov, their roles, and the election process.

Cal-IPGCA Change Management and Leadership Workshop
When: Thursday, September 13th, 8:00 – 10:00 AM
Where: Department of General Services, 707 Third Street, West Sacramento, CA 95605 – Zig Auditorium

Interested in change management and leadership? Interested in innovating in public service? Then come check out this Cal-IPGCA event where you will have the opportunity to hear from innovative public service pioneers, including our very own Angelica Quirarte!

Attendance is FREE but registration is required

Happy Hour
When: Thursday, September 27th, 5:00 – 7:30 PM

We had a blast at our last happy hour! Thanks to everybody who came out and we hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did!

We are excited for what’s to come this month and we hope to see you all for Happy Hour on September 27th!

Community Engagement
The Great Sierra River CleanUp
When: Saturday, September 15th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Folsom Point, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, 900 E Natoma St. Folsom, CAThe Great Sierra River Cleanup is the premier volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of waterways throughout the Sierra Nevada Region. The Great Sierra River Cleanup is about much more than picking up trash. It’s a day for Sierra communities – and those from all over California – to demonstrate their desire for clean water and healthy rivers. It’s an opportunity to learn about California’s water source and it’s a time to come together with your families, your neighbors, your community, and your friends to accomplish something vital and worthy on behalf of our great Sierra rivers. Together, we can help raise awareness about issues of watershed conservation, fighting litter, encouraging reduction of consumption and recycling, and promoting community pride.

Click here to RSVP to the Facebook event to connect with our team (and coordinate carpools)!

Click here to learn more about NxtGov’s Community Engagement Program!

Community Engagement Monthly Meet Up

Join us for our monthly meeting to discuss upcoming events opportunities to engage with our community.

When: Thursday, September 13th, 6:00 PM
Where: Old Soul in the Alley 

Click here to learn more about NxtGov’s Community Engagement Program!

Professional Development
Professional Development Monthly Meet Up

Join us for our monthly meeting to discuss upcoming events, develop professional skills and expand your network.

When: Wednesday, September 12th, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Where: TBD

Click here to learn more about NxtGov’s Professional Development Program!

Recruitment
Recruitment Committee Updates

Interested in joining the committee that hosts UC Sacramento Quarterly workshops, college recruitment fairs, presents to youth development, internship and fellowship programs, and one-on-one coaching? Then join the Recruitment Committee!

Click here to learn more about NxtGov’s Recruitment Program!

Government needs to close racial pay gaps in its workforce

14%. That’s the estimated racial/ethnic pay gap between employees of color and White employees across California’s civil service workforce, a new report finds. While that may seem like a relatively small difference, that 14% pay gap can add up to a salary or wage disparity of approximately $10,000 each year.

The problem becomes only worse when one compares the average pay of historically underrepresented minorities (URM, which includes Black, Hispanic/Latin@, and American Indian communities), and females of color with the average pay of higher paid males, such as White and Asian males. In fact, analysis of publicly available data show that pay gaps between some females of color and White males reach an upwards of 36%.

What is driving these race and gender pay inequities?

This analysis, prepared by Hinnaneh Qazi, as part of her UC Berkeley Masters of Public Policy Graduate capstone project, in partnership with the California’s Health in All Policies Task Force, shows that the these disparities are largely a result of overrepresentation of females of color in part-time and seasonal work, concentration of URM employees in lower paying occupations as opposed to higher paying occupations groups, and White employees being more likely to hold management positions, especially the highest paid management positions. Using supplemental data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey (ACS), the paper also illustrates that pay inequality persists even after controlling for educational attainment.   

Moving forward, the State has the opportunity to investigate what is causing those inequities – and examine underlying issues related to recruitment, outreach, retention, culture, and/or promotion. NxtGov supports work like this through our program areas, but it takes more than that. We believe our workforce should equitably reflect the diversity of our state, especially in Sacramento, one of the most diverse cities in the nation.

California is a leader in shedding greater light on the State’s gender pay gap. They’ve also taken significant measures to mitigate it, from the passage of the California Fair Pay Act (SB 358) in 2015 and a bill in 2017 (AB 168) which bans employers from inquiring about a job candidate’s salary history. This year, members of NxtGov participated in unfocus groups applying UX principles to assess the use of current state tools that could be improved to increase professional development.

It’s now time to take on racial pay inequities in addition to and in intersection with gender equity – and other cities, states, and the federal public sector should follow suit.

To view the full report, click here.

 


¹State demographic data only captures an employee’s sex (whether an employee reports being male or female), and does not collect gender identify information.

August Opportunities

July Successes and August Opportunities from NxtGov!

Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the devastating wildfires in California. Please visit the Statewide Wildfire Recovery Resources website at wildfirerecovery.org for information and assistance.

Opportunities to Get Involved

When: Thursday, August 30, 5:00 – 7:30 PM

WhereBottle and Barlow

Our last happy hour brought new faces and fresh dialogue around public service. Thanks to everybody who came out and we hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did!

We are excited for what’s to come this month and we hope to see you all for Happy Hour on August 30!

 #WaterDataChallenge and National Day of Civic Hacking
Did you know up to 1 million Californians lack access to safe drinking water? Californian state entities and other partners launched a summer data challenge to try to tackle this problem.
Learn more about the challenge hereOn August 11th, 2018, join the Code for America Brigades for a nationwide day of action that brings together civic leaders, local governments, and community organizations to tackle some of our toughest challenges.
RSVP for the OpenOakland event here

Welcome New NxtGov Ambassadors!

NxtGov is thrilled to welcome 4 new members of the NxtGov Ambassador Program. We recently held a fun meet and greet to get acquainted and chat about the work ahead. We look forward to the insight and creativity these new Ambassadors will bring to NxtGov.


Community Engagement

Community Engagement Updates

More volunteer opportunities! The Community Engagement Committee plans to add reoccurring volunteer events in addition to our bimonthly planned events. To determine which organization to partner with on an ongoing basis, we have two August events planned. Join our committee to help us plan!

*New monthly meeting times*
When: Second Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM
Where: Old Soul in the Alley (unless otherwise noted).

Click here to learn more about NxtGov’s Community Engagement Program!

NxtGov Volunteers at the Sac Food Bank and Family Shelter

When: Wednesday, August 22, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: Family Services Campus
3333 Third Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95817Please join us for an evening of service with the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services! NxtGov will support this organization’s clothing program, which distributes clothing to those in need.

Volunteers are needed to help with sorting clothing, organizing the program area, and helping shoppers with finding items.

We are in need volunteers and would love to have you participate in this evening of service. So please contact Sergy El-Morshedy at sergyelmorshedy@gmail.com if you want to lend a hand, or if you would like to be notified about similar volunteer activities in the future!

RSVP for the event here!

Alchemy CDC Stand at Midtown Farmers Market

 

When: Saturday, August 18, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Where: 20th Street between J and L StreetsAlchemist CDC operates CalFresh processing at multiple farmers’ markets. The CalFresh program offers qualifying lower income individuals financial assistance in purchasing food for themselves and their families. Farmers’ Markets are a great asset to communities, and can lead to improved health for area residents. By making it easier for lower-income populations to purchase food at farmers’ markets, these community assets will become more equitable and accessible to all individuals. If you like meeting new people and hanging out at the farmers’ market, this is a great opportunity to do that, while making farmers’ markets a more equitable resource for low-income populations.

RSVP for the event here

Professional Development

 Managing your Boss Workshop Takeaways

NxtGov and Upgrade Training joined forces to provide a series of workshops that make careers in the civil sector easier, more effective, and ultimately more rewarding.

This first workshop was a combination educational and networking event where participants learned about different types of difficult bosses. We are exploring other training themes.

Click here if you want to hear about future events!

8 Step Path to Innovation
When: Thursday, August 16, 8:00 – 10:30 AM

Where: Department of General Services – 707 Third Street West, Sacramento CA 95605
Cost: FREE!

Learn about the 8 steps you can take to make government innovation a reality. This workshop is free and open to all. See you there!

RSVP for the event here!

How Can Government Embrace Innovation Without Fear?

Photo by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash

Government is risk-averse, and for good reason; but when risk-aversion paralyzes and disables progress and evolution, it’s time for government employees to seek out other options to design and deliver public services. Amidst the layers of bureaucracy, government employees often struggle to see how their work makes an impact. How can employees make the change they want to see in the world? The answer may lie in the evolving world of agile-methodologies and user-centered design.

What if public servants worked directly with the user of a government service in order to deliver immediate value? Passionate public servants could find an opportunity to test out ideas and make adjustments more quickly and effectively than through the traditional path of change in government.

The Challenge
NxtGov Ambassadors and the NxtGov Executive Team considered these issues and developed this challenge statement for fellow public servants:

Users First: Embracing Innovation without Fear

User expectations and our employees’ ability to deliver collaborative, innovative, holistically effective processes and services are dependent on having a flexible and trusting environment that allows us to be experimental and build upon innovative ideas without the fear of failure or repercussion.

How might we eliminate restrictive practices that impose an expectation of perfection and finality that exclude the end-user of the process or service? How might we change the current “traditional” practices that impede our workforce from being agile and adopting human-centered design practices in our daily work?

  • Do you want to cultivate your good ideas into solutions that give value?
  • Do you want to team innovative pathways to California’s most challenging enterprise problems?
  • Do you want to create a culture that can sustain, advance and accelerate services to society?

You Can Help Us Find the Answers

NxtGov is partnering with ORA Systems Inc., APSEA, GovOps and others in the California Innovation Playbook for Government Change Agents (Cal-IPGCA) Training program. The program will address this issue (and others) with help of this year’s cohort of Leaders, Innovators and Change Agents in government.

Are you a government employee interested in participating in the Cal-IPGCA Cohort 2018? One lucky NxtGov member will qualify for a scholarship to participate in this year’s program. Applications are due July 31st.

Feel free to reach out to our NxtGov leadership team or see here to learn more about the Cal-IPGCA program. The program takes place from August 9th- December 6th.

Apply Now

Learn More

July: Sun, Professional Development, and More!

Summer is here! And we are excited to share what’s new. ​

Have a fun and safe holiday!

 

Opportunities to Get Involved

 

Innovation Playbook for Government Change Agents
Apply by July 20!
Scholarship Available

Cal-IPGCA Cohort 2018 is seeking state government employees who see themselves as Leaders, Innovators and Change Agents…is this you?

  • Do you want to cultivate your good ideas into solutions that give value?
  • Do you want to team innovative pathways to California’s most challenging enterprise problems?
  • Do you want to create a culture that can sustain, advance and accelerate services to society?

Consider registering for the California Innovation Playbook for Government Change Agents (Cal-IPGCA) 2018 Series. From August 9 – December 6, Cal-IPGCA provides a unique leadership training opportunity that includes an innovation laboratory. NxtGov is pleased to support this one of a kind opportunity. Our NxtGov Ambassadors developed one of the Innovation Priorities for the innovation trainees to work on during this Cal-IPGCA cohort so that the concerns of NxtGov members can be represented at this high profile program.

Want more information? Attend the Informational Workshop on July 12 from 11:30 – 12:30 at DGS. Register here for the informational workshop.

A scholarship will be available for one NxtGov member!
We are grateful to have Cal-IPGCA offer a scholarship to a NxtGov member! Simply indicate you are a member of NxtGov on the registration form and you’ll be considered for the scholarship. Application deadline is July 20. Register today! Cal-IPGCA Program Registration Form

NxtGov Ambassador Program – Now Accepting Applications!

 

As a platform of change in government, NxtGov is re-opening applications to the Ambassador Program to increase our community of rising stars from across California state government. These stars represent the next generation of leaders and are a resource to incoming and current civil servants that are looking to make a difference.

As a NxtGov Ambassador, you will be active in connecting public servants you know with all the opportunities NxtGov has to offer. In this role, you will represent your organization at inter-departmental roundtable discussions on issues, concerns, questions, and ideas to strengthen our workforce and better serve California.

Attend an Information Session to learn more or apply today. Applications will be accepted through July 22.

Can’t make it to an info session? Check out the ambassador program informational presentation here!

Monthly Happy Hour

Our last happy hour brought new faces and fresh dialogue around public service. Thanks to everybody who came out and we hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did!

We are excited for what’s to come this month and we hope to see you all for Happy Hour on July 26!

Project Birthday Party was a Success!

 

Thanks to everyone for making our Project Birthday event on June 30 a big success! Through the support of countless NxtGov members, donors, and volunteers, we were able to host a birthday party at the Salvation Army Transitional Home. We had a blast and look forward to future collaboration with Project Birthday!

To help plan or participate in future community engagement events, please contact meagantokunaga@gmail.com about joining the Community Engagement Committee!

Next Week  – “Personal Budgeting and Finance 101, Made Fun” Lunchtime Workshop

 

When: Wednesday, 7/11, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
Where: California Department of Social Services – Room 205 Auditorium OB9 or online via webinar
Cost: Free
Audience: Current civil service employees
Join Brian Diamond as he helps you reduce some stress in your life by teaching you how to get in control of your finances. 
  • Learn how to create a BUDGET and be in control of your finances
  • Understand where your MONEY goes, and why a budget is necessary
  • Discover things we do in our daily life that sabotages our FINANCES
  • Tips for you to decrease your monthly SPENDING and live beneath your means

Save the Date!  – “Managing Your Boss” Workshop

 

When: Wednesday, 8/1, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: The Urban Hive
Cost: $12 (includes refreshments)
Audience: Current civil service employees
Register Here

NxtGov and Upgrade Training are joining forces to provide a series of workshops that make careers in the civil sector easier, more effective, and ultimately more rewarding.

This first workshop is a combination educational and networking event where participants will form alliances and share experiences on working with demanding and difficult bosses.  Attendees will walk away with a task list of tangible actions they can take to improve their most important working relationship.

This two hour workshop will be presented by Bo Tyler who has trained over 3000 state employees and 700 state managers.

Space is limited so register as soon as possible! Registration is required to attend the event.

 

NxtGov has partnered with various organizations to administer Demystifying State Jobs or How to Get a State Job 101 workshops and speaking engagements to encourage civic-minded people and young adults to consider a career in public service. As these partnerships continue to grow, we hope to promote internship and mentorship opportunities. Contact us about the Recruitment Program for more information.

June Opportunities

​It’s June! And we are excited to share what’s new. ​
Same great content, new look!
Heads up! We have decided to give our newsletter a new look.

We’ve separated content by the program area it relates to (e.g., check out Project Birthday Party under Community Engagement) and in other Opportunities to Get Involved.

Thanks to our team, we will also be giving our website a makeover. Check it out and tell us how we can improve it.

Community Engagement
Project Birthday Party

Volunteer with NxtGov at our June event, Project Birthday Party!

When: Saturday, June 30, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Where: Salvation Army – E. Claire Raley Transitional Living Center, 3845 Annadale Lane, Sacramento, CA 95821

Join us as we host a birthday party for kids in need! The mission of Project Birthday is to brighten and celebrate the lives of those in need by providing birthday parties and gifts to children living in shelters and transitional housing throughout the Sacramento area. We have the opportunity to partner with this great organization by organizing and hosting our own party!

Your help is needed to plan the event, bring supplies, provide birthday gifts, and play games with the kids at the party. We have lots more to bring and plan, so please contact meagantokunaga@gmail.com if you can provide supplies or attend the event!

Professional Development


The NxtGov Professional Development Committee is looking to identify membership needs in the area of professional development. Have ideas for professional development events or tools that could help our members develop as professionals in public service? Give us your ideas for what you’d like to see, and stay tuned for exciting events and opportunities to come.

Recruitment 

NxtGov has partnered with various organizations to administer Demystifying State Jobs or How to Get a State Job 101 workshops and speaking engagements to encourage civic-minded people and young adults to consider a career in public service. As these partnerships continue to grow, we hope to promote internship and mentorship opportunities. Learn more about the Recruitment Program by clicking here!
Opportunities to Get Involved
Innovation Playbook for Government Change Agents
Apply by July 20!

Are you a California state employee with a desire to be a change agent in government? Consider registering for the California Innovation Playbook for Government Change Agents (Cal-IPGCA) 2018 Series.

From August 9 – December 6Cal-IPGCA provides a unique leadership training opportunity that includes an innovation laboratory. It occurs in both a classroom and work-based environment, with both full-time and part-time training opportunities for employees at any organizational level.

Innovation teams develop Moonshot Projects through a sequenced 8-Step Path, from Innovation Priorities (IPs) that reflect State of California enterprise-wide challenges.

A scholarship will be available for one NxtGov member!

NxtGov is pleased to support this one of a kind opportunity. Our NxtGov Ambassadors developed one of the Innovation Priorities for the innovation trainees to work on during this Cal-IPGCA cohort so that the concerns of NxtGov members can be represented at this high profile program.

We are grateful to have Cal-IPGCA offer a scholarship to a NxtGov member! Simply indicate you are a member of NxtGov on the registration form and you’ll be considered for the scholarship.

Application deadline is July 20. Register today!

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Program Instructor Opportunity

The California Center for Civic Participation (CCCP) is looking for an energized individual who can support our Women in Politics youth program. The program is a three-day conference taking place July 25-27 in Sacramento for female high school students interested in learning more about public service.

The applicant should have an interest and passion for young women’s personal, professional, and political development. This is a paid stipend position. If chosen, you will be compensated $500 for the conference. For more information, visit www.californiacenter.org.

If interested, send your resume and application to Carson Watts at cwatts@californiacenter.org or by fax at 916-443-2297 no later than Friday, June 15.

Happy Hour

When: Thursday, 6/28, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
WhereBottle and Barlow

 

The May 31st Happy Hour brought new faces and fresh dialogue around public service. Thanks to everybody who came out and we hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did!

We are excited for what’s to come this month and we hope to see you all for Happy Hour on June 28!

May Opportunities

It’s May! And we are excited to share what’s new. ​
Happy Public Service Recognition Week

 

NxtGov is happy to support Public Service Recognition Week May 7th – 11th!

Being a public servant is no small task. One of the main reasons why NxtGov exists is to bring pride into public service! There is no better way to do this than to celebrate our work and recognize public servants!

There will be appreciation events with speakers, entertainment and more in Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Fresno and Sacramento!

The Sacramento event will be May 10th at 11:30am in the North steps of the Capitol.

We hope you join us in celebrating public service throughout the week by:

 

  • Attending the Sacramento Appreciation event May 10th
  • Sharing your public service story on social media and tag #PSRWCA and #PSRW
  • Support and share our social media posts throughout the week. One of our own NxtGov Ambassadors will be featured in them 😉

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Innovation Playbook for Government Change Agents
Scholarship and New Dates

Program Date Change!

Are you a California state employee with a desire to be a change agent in government? Consider registering for the California Innovation Playbook for Government Change Agents (Cal-IPGCA) 2018 Series.

A scholarship will be available for one NxtGov member!

From August 9 – December 6, 2018, Cal-IPGCA provides a unique leadership training opportunity that includes an innovation laboratory. It occurs in both a classroom and work-based environment, with both full-time and part-time training opportunities for employees at any organizational level.

Innovation teams develop Moonshot Projects through a sequenced 8-Step Path, from Innovation Priorities (IPs) that reflect State of California enterprise-wide challenges.

NxtGov is pleased to support this one of a kind opportunity. Our NxtGov Ambassadors developed one of the Innovation Priorities for the innovation trainees to work on during this Cal-IPGCA cohort so that the concerns of NxtGov members can be represented at this high profile program.

We are grateful to have Cal-IPGCA offer a scholarship to a NxtGov member! Simply indicate you are a member of NxtGov on the registration form and you’ll be considered for the scholarship.

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Franchise Tax Board ARM Leadership Day

Members of the NxtGov E-Board were happy to represent our organization at a leadership panel moderated by GovOps Secretary Batjer on May 2nd at the Franchise Tax Board. We had the opportunity to inspire leaders from multiple levels to join our NxtGov movement!

 

Their leadership values resonate with our own. We were grateful to be part of an event that is developing leaders who embody the MOVERS perspective.

  • Motivate
  • Be Open Minded
  • Have Vision
  • Engage
  • Rise
  • Serve

We look forward to exploring collaborative opportunities with the attendees and commend them on their commitment to be great state leaders!

NxtGov Committees

 

Interested in being actively involved in NxtGov and planning engagements? NxtGov Ambassadors and the NxtGov Board are forming committees that you could be part of!

  • Recruitment Committee- Help demystify state work for potential applicants and recruit them into public service
  • Professional Development Committee- Have ideas for professional development events or tools that could help our members develop as professionals in public service?
  • Community Engagement Committee- Interested in establishing partnerships with local non-profit organizations and providing volunteer opportunities for our members and our partners?

For more information reach out to our nxtgov email and let us know which committee or committee’s you’d be interested in!

New Bicycle Commuter Program Policy

 

Good news! Effective May 1, 2018, the State of California will voluntarily provide a taxable Bicycle Commuter Program (Program) benefit to eligible state employees. The Program encourages employees to consider bicycle commuting as a means of active transportation.

The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) will administer this Program to:

  • Promote health and wellness, and sustainable commuting practices.
  • Defray some of the costs a bicycle commuter may incur.

Active state employees who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in CalHR’s Online Human Resources Manual – Bicycle Commuter Program Policy may submit claims to receive $20 for each calendar month in which they commute a substantial portion (at least 50 percent of the days they are scheduled to work in a calendar month) by bicycle, up to a maximum of $240 per calendar year.

Happy Hour

When: Thursday, 5/31, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: Bottle and Barlow 

We had the pleasure of meeting local government folks and new people at the April Happy Hour! Thank you to NeoGov for sharing the mission of NxtGov with their local Sacramento customers!

We look forward to seeing you all May 31st at the NxtGov Happy Hour!