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The FAM-Net Academy on Community Action (ACA) is designed, through a series of educational modules, to help anyone interested in advocating more effectively for their children, families and communities. In the United States, we live in a multicultural society, characterized in some communities by deep divisions around race, ethnicity, political leanings, and differing views about how to address major issues facing our society. So the challenge becomes how to work more effectively towards bridging these divisions while developing effective, equitable solutions. Where do we start, what might serve as a common bond? A good starting place is the aspirational goals outlined in the Declaration of Independence:

“…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all (people) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness — that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among (the people), deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

It then becomes the responsibility of the people, and the government institutions which serve the people, to ensure these values are achieved for all people, beginning with creating communities where everyone can thrive. Therefore, the goal of this program is to help you reinforce or expand your knowledge and skills to be a more effective advocate and leader in your family and community as our society continues the journey towards attaining these aspirational principles.

ACA has been designed to fit into your busy schedule. This is a 12 module, self-paced online learning academy that provides tools, strategies, and guidance on how to show up and speak up on behalf of your family and community as a courageous and empathetic leader.

Here is a look at the 12 online learning modules:

Lesson 1: Creating Thriving, Caring Communities – Parenting, Resilience and Advocacy

Lesson 2: What Makes for a Healthy Society and Our Role in It

Lesson 3: The Role of Politics and Government

Lesson 4: How Policies are Formed and Funded

Lesson 5: How We Obtain Information and Assess Its Accuracy

Lesson 6: What Are Ways to Get Plugged-In?

Lesson 7: Forming and Using Your Voice in Effective Ways

Lesson 8: Becoming Facilitative Leaders

Lesson 9: Turning Conflict into Positive Outcomes

Lesson 10: Venues and Forums for Community Deliberations

Lesson 11: Conducting a Community Inventory/Assessment

Lesson 12: From a Growth Mindset to Assessing Impact

What participants are saying…

“I really enjoyed how the course builds upon itself. It discusses personal, communal, and governmental roles and responsibilities very well. I thought the emotional intelligence video was well done. I liked the Ten Habits of Good Citizens, I thought it hit great points that are really relevant for our current society.”

“I liked that this module encourages you to regulate your emotions and approach civic engagement with empathy and self-awareness and confidence. Sometimes people just get mad but don’t know where to turn their frustrations. This encourages calm engagement.”

“I have enjoyed working through the coursework. The progression is good and makes sense. It has made me consider how I can better participate and make changes in my own community.”

“This whole program should be part of a High School senior curriculum..”

“It is very user friendly both on the computer and phone.”

“I’m not great with technology and find it very smooth and easy to navigate.”

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