In June, we announced two online courses available exclusively for PreventObesity.net Leaders. The courses, “What is Direct Action Organizing?” and “Developing a Strategy,” offer training on organizing, advocacy and developing your strategy. These courses are still available to Leaders, and we encourage you to make use of this great resource!
Each course takes approximately 45-60 minutes each to complete, and is equipped with interactive quizzes and lessons. We recommend that you complete the courses in this order:
Course 1: What is Direct Action Organizing?
This interactive, introductory session addresses direct action organizing. The trainers explain how it differs from other forms of addressing problems, such as providing a social service, self-help, education or advocacy on behalf of others. It is particularly important to make these distinctions because many organizations do a combination of these types of work. However, each type follows its own principles and logic, which must be clear to the organizers.
Course 2: Developing a Strategy
This training is a follow up to “What is Direct Action Organizing?” Using the Midwest Academy strategy chart, participants learn how to identify and analyze the relationships between goals, objectives, constituencies, targets and tactics. The presentation is followed by a short quiz. Participants can later use this method when holding strategy sessions in their own organization. It demystifies what is often seen as a very complex process.
Join your fellow Leaders in learning more about organizing, advocacy and developing your strategy! If you’ve already taken the courses but need a refresher, you’re welcome to take them again.
To access the training, you’ll just need to visit your PreventObesity.net Leader dashboard or login on PreventObesity.net, then click the “My Dashboard” link in the upper-left-hand corner. If you are not a Leader yet but would like to be please see the requirements to be a Leader here and register here.
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Leaders are people who are actively working - either professionally or as volunteers - to change policies and environments to help children eat better and be more active. We use the following criteria to evaluate whether to approve an applicant for Leader status with the Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center.
Do you meet the criteria below? If so, register as a Leader here. There is no cost to be a Leader.
At least one item must be checked within each of the following two categories:
1. Applicant is focused on changing policies and environments
They are working on one of Voices for Healthy Kid's six issue areas:
Ensure foods and beverages in schools meet dietary guidelines
Expand community access to high quality food
Expand physical activity programs in and out of school
Improve built environment in communities to increase physical activity
Use pricing strategies to promote purchase of healthier foods
Use regulation/policy to reduce youth exposure to unhealthy food marketing
They are working on other obesity-related issues, such as:
Their primary focus is working on individual behavior (e.g., teaching kids about food, play, etc.), but they have access to organizations that could provide opportunities to change environments, such as
Public Health Agencies
Their project is commercial, but contributes positively to changing policies and environments, such as:
2. Applicant is organizing others or contributing to organizing efforts
They are organizing others by:
Providing volunteer opportunities
Building contact lists of supporters to engage in advocacy
They provide support to organizations or leaders doing work changing policies and environments, such as:
They are a leader in a governmental body that may be the target of organizing efforts to change policies and environments, such as a:
Federal or state agency
Mayor or other local executive office
Federal, state, county or local public health department
Federal, state, county or transportation department
Federal, state or local education agency or school board
If the applicant claims to work for an organization, at least one item must be checked below:
3. Applicant works for an organization:
Has an email address that matches the domain of the organization they list
Is listed on the organization website as staff
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