January Reminders

Happy Hour
When: Thursday, 1/25, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: Bottle & Barlow on 1120 R StWe hope to see you for this month’s happy hour at Bottle & Barlow! Come and say hi to old friends and meet new ones who share the desire to make a difference in the community by improving the public sector environment.
Ambassador Program

NxtGov received many applications from employees all across the public sector to be apart of the Ambassador Program! This program was designed to allow members build partnerships with other sectors, represent their organization, and share perspectives on issues California state government faces. Many thanks to those who applied. We look forward to the great work we’ll be doing together to support the mission of NxtGov.We will be accepting applications again in the near future!

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Redesigning the IDP with NxtGov
Redesigning the Individual Development Plan FormIn your civil service experience, have you ever filled out an Individual Development Plan (IDP)? If so, was it useful?
IDPs are intended for staff professional development. As part of the ongoing Civil Service Improvement Initiative, GovOps Secretary Batjer is inviting NxtGov to assess the form and provide recommendations for redesign and improvement.We will be forming a working group. If you’re interested in learning more about this, pleasecontact Angie at angelica.quirarte@govops.ca.gov.

Executive Sponsorship
Our Executive Sponsors
We are grateful to have gathered executive sponsorship from department leaders and expect the support to continue to grow. Their sponsorship allows us to bring in leaders when discussing issues or themes affecting our workforce. Join the movement!
So far we have sponsors from:
  • GovOps
  • California Department of Technology (CDT)
  • CalHR
  • State Library
  • Public Utilities Commission
  • State Water Resources Control Board
  • Health and Human Services
Join the Movement

Lunchtime Workshop: Invest in Your Future with Savings PlusThis past Tuesday, members had to opportunity to sit in on a free lunchtime workshop to learn more about your financial planning options with Savings Plus.  A ton of relevant information was shared including retirement plans that the state offers to all employees and how to go about contributing to a 401(k) plan!  The presentation material will be posted on our website soon.

Click below to see the recorded video of the presentation!

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Coming Up in February
Community Engagement with CalYMCA
When: Saturday, February 17 from 2:30 – 3:30 PM and Sunday, February 18 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Where: Sacramento Convention Center, 1030 5th StreetJoin NxtGov as we partner with CalYMCA by providing mentorship to high school students interested in public service careers! Through the annual Youth and Government conference, NxtGov will speak to hundreds of high school students visiting Sacramento through two panels. The topic of our panels is your experience working for the state and the work you do to improve civil service. Why does civil service matter? How does state government improve the lives of Californians?If you are interested in being on the panel or would like to help coordinate, contact our community engagement lead, Meagan Tokunaga, by clicking below.

I’m Interested
CalCareer Chatbot Demo
When: February 12 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Where: Online WebinarAs part of NxtGov’s work we’ve been invited to a special preview of a new feature on the CalCareers website.  A chatbot will be released to make the the application process easier to navigate.  Join us in being part of the team that makes this a useful feature!If you are interested in learning more, contact Angelica Quirarte by clicking below.

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NxtGov December News

Governing Leadership Forum
Angie, Shivani, and Danielle of NxtGov’s executive board recently discussed NxtGov’s work during a panel discussion, moderated by Secretary Batjer of GovOps, at the California Leadership Forum. Thanks to this opportunity, NxtGov has received an outpouring of interest and support from executives and leaders across state and local government. The panel highlighted executive sponsorship and the NxtGov Ambassador Program as important ways to support the work of NxtGov.
Ambassador Program
Are you interested in building partnerships with other sectors and collaborating across agencies? Want a place to represent your organization and share perspectives on issues California state government faces? As a NxtGov Ambassador, you will be active in connecting public servants you know with all the opportunities NxtGov has to offer. Some of these opportunities include:
– Policy brown-bags with State Executives to bring awareness of the key issues affecting our current and future workforce.
– Representing your organization at inter-departmental round table discussions on issues, concerns, questions, and ideas to strengthen our workforce and better serve California. 
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Community Engagement with CalYMCA
When: Friday, February 16th or Saturday, February 17th
Where: State Capitol

This February, NxtGov is partnering with CalYMCA by providing mentorship to high school students interested in public service careers! Through the annual Youth and Government conference, NxtGov will speak to hundreds of high school students visiting Sacramento through a series of panels. Topics will range from from department area (Finance to Education to State Treasurer’s Office) to personal identity (women in public service, people of color in public service). We need your help to field enough public servants for these panels! Specific panel topics will be determined through the interest of those who sign up. Please email us if you can volunteer to speak or would like to help coordinate!

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Children’s Receiving Home
NxtGov is sponsoring a donation drive for Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento (CRH) to help children in need. Please join us in this cause and in the opportunity to give back to the community. There are two different ways to contribute. You can receive an angel with items children need (items can vary from toys, clothing, shoes, etc) or you can donate online towards children’s activities such as therapy sessions here: https://www.crhkids.org/donate. If you are interested in the angel, please contact Shivani Bose-Varela (shivanivarela@gmail.com) or Meagan Tokunaga  (meagantokunaga@gmail.com). We will be collecting all item donations by December 15th but if you contact Shivani or Meagan we can work out logistics with you.

About CRH: Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento has been a refuge for children and youth affected by abuse, neglect and trauma. They are the first line of defense for children and youth who have been removed from their homes. www.crhkids.org

Happy Holidays from NxtGov
2017 flew by and we have been busy! In the past year we have:
– spoken to future public servants at the UC Center to recruit them into government,
– held brown bag sessions with fellow employees to discuss everyday challenges in the workplace,
– attended events like the CA Leadership Forum to discuss those very same issues with our government leaders,
– consulted CalHR and CDT on policy matters,
– volunteered with local nonprofits and
– shared our experiences over drinks at happy hour!
Our goal is to improve government and our workplace by building a network of innovators that believe in public service – from employees who are being on-boarded to top-level executives. With you and our partners we strongly believe we can make a difference. 2018 will be bigger and we look forward to having you join us with this journey.
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Happy holidays and we hope to see you soon