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Advocacy Training

Advocacy Training

Are you interested in representing Sickle Cell Warriors, Inc. at advocacy events in your area? Sickle Cell Warriors, Inc. is proud to offer an advocacy training class for those interested in taking their sickle cell awareness efforts to the next level. The class will give you the tools you need to be an effective Sickle Cell advocate, find and serve your client population, make an impact in the world, and ignite your passion and inspiration for sickle cell advocacy. The class also provides personalized consultation to develop your advocacy outreach in your area. Graduates of this course are fully equipped to break the silence associated with sickle cell, reduce stigma, share their stories, and start their own  community outreach organization (if they so desire).

All classes are taught by the President of Sickle Cell Warriors, Tosin Ola, BSN, RN, and the Vice-President of Sickle Cell Warriors, Dr. Lakiea Bailey. Both have experience with starting several community based organizations from just an idea, working within the sickle cell community, and developing lasting relationships to build a strong network of dedicated health activists.

Due to the popularity of the Warrior Advocacy Training Course and the large number of interested participants, we are making some adjustments to our course load. We will offer one advocacy training class every 3 months. The sessions are 30-45 minutes and will run continuously for 6 weeks. You will require a phone, a computer, and internet access to participate. Beta class is registering right now, and class will start January 14, 2014. Each class will be offered once a week. If you miss a class you have to wait until the next session to make it up. You must complete all 6 sessions to receive your certification as a Sickle Cell Warriors-trained advocate.

Registration for the Beta class (January cohort) will start January 1 and end January 14, 2014. Spring classes will start in April. Further instructions will be posted when the class is available. Registration is strictly on a first-come, first served basis. However, priority will be given to the Alpha class to make up any sessions they missed.

So far, the classes have been an amazing experience. We have advocates training from all over the world; Maldives, Nigeria, Uganda, United Kingdom and the United States. If you are interested, please check back here, or on the main page for updates of when registration opens again. This is something you don’t want to miss.


The Advocacy Training Course is a 6-week consecutive training series designed to provide Warriors with the tools necessary to become an effective health activist.  Successful completion of this course is mandatory for all State Ambassadors and is required for Warrior advocates who wish to represent Sickle Cell Warriors, Inc. at health events nationwide.  (An additional Advanced Advocacy Training course (“AA” series) is required for international advocates and ambassadors). The Advocacy Training Course is offered once per quarter.  The one hour classes that make up this series are offered once a week (twice depending on demand) and all six classes must be attended for successful Advocate Certification. The classes are as follows:

  • Week 1: Introduction/Advocacy 101
  • Week 2: Sickle Cell Disease 101 – Basic Biology and Genetics
  • Week 3: Sickle Cell Disease 102 – Advanced Genetics and Disease Pathology
  • Week 4: Public Speaking
  • Week 5: Successful Event Planning and Legal Concerns
  • Week 6: Final Presentations

Registration for the Winter Quarter of the Advocacy Training Session is now closed. Registration for the Spring session will be open on March 15. Please check back then for registration info.



About Author

Sickle Cell Warrior

Sickle Cell Warrior

Tosin is dedicated to perpetuating healthy and positive messages about sickle cell. Although sickle cell is a subject often taboo in the communities this condition is most prevalent, Tosin's message is that sickle cell is not something to be ashamed of and you can live a rich and fulfilling life with sickle cell. Sickle cell warriors are the most amazing people in the world, with a great fortitude for compassion, willpower and strength.

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  1. Connella
    Connella November 10, 19:42

    This opportunity is AMMMMMAAAAAZING and has changed my life more than can ever be understood. Tosin and Dr. Bailey are THE most down to Earth trainers that I know. If all of my instructors were this passionate I would have gone further in my education. But on a serious note I highly support this training and will forever be grateful and a proud, card carrying member of the Sickle Cell Warriors. Watch for more from Connella A. Guilford, Sickle Cell Advocate soon to be State Ambassador. NAME IT AND CLAIM IT!!! Forget TURN UP…how bout SIGN UP-SIGN UP!!!

  2. James
    James December 11, 10:05

    This is an amazing opportunity to learn about more about sickle cell and how to become an Advocate for Sickle Cell Warriors. That’s not even the best part you meet great people in the classes going though the same issues your going through. On top of that The instructors Dr. Bailey and Tosin are super cool and actually care if you understand the materials and will work with you if you have questions. I support this training all the way. I am also proud to be a Sickle Cell Warrior and can’t wait to help others on my path of being an a Sickle Cell Advocate and soon also be a State Ambassador. Now go sign up so you can help others in your area!!! Who knows maybe will team up.

  3. The_Sycthe
    The_Sycthe January 10, 02:56

    This is a very good trainning programme and I wish to be a part of it. But I already started my own initiative back here at home. Do you think I could still participate without having to be a member of the Sickle Cell Warrior, Inc.?

  4. Desiree Falcone
    Desiree Falcone March 13, 14:17

    I wanna reg for the next advacacy training classes

  5. Sickle Cell Warrior
    Sickle Cell Warrior Author March 14, 06:12

    Sign up here and you will be notified when that is.

  6. Vanessa
    Vanessa April 23, 14:09

    When is the next training?

  7. Felice
    Felice May 21, 17:46

    I like to discuss taking class. Can someone please contact me from the SCW on my email address.

  8. Judith
    Judith August 20, 09:08

    When is the next advocacy training in Maryland? 8/20/2015

  9. CHICO
    CHICO September 09, 09:56

    Send me information, because i will gladly share myself,and all my testimony! !!!

  10. Sickle Cell Warrior
    Sickle Cell Warrior Author September 21, 16:06

    @Judith, the next one will be online. Please sign up for our newsletter and you will be notified when it is.

  11. Sickle Cell Warrior
    Sickle Cell Warrior Author December 21, 01:01

    @Rithia, I have sent you an email. please read and respond.

  12. Richard
    Richard March 19, 13:09

    I wants to reg for the next classes. how do I do that.

  13. Richard
    Richard March 25, 08:10

    I wanna reg for the next advocacy training classes

  14. Sickle Cell Warrior
    Sickle Cell Warrior Author April 17, 20:49

    @Richard, please sign up for our newsletter, and you will be notified when the next classes online will be. We also have an Advocacy Training Symposium July 18 in Los Angeles coming up during the annual Community, Patients & Family Educational Symposium. That is a whole weekend of great learning and bonding. We will be posting more on it in the upcoming weeks. The date is July 14-18, so save the date!

  15. MotivatedbyME
    MotivatedbyME April 18, 16:52

    Hi I’d like to receive you newsletter and am interested in knowing when the next advocacy class starts.

  16. Janea
    Janea January 02, 23:05

    How much do it cost for the class

  17. Rosst
    Rosst March 17, 17:27

    I am a nurse from Ghana who works at the sickle cell unit of my hospital..but I am currently in canada and want a course on sickle cell to throw more highlights
    On the condition when I go back home when does class start?

  18. Rossy
    Rossy March 17, 17:28

    I am a nurse from Ghana who works at the sickle cell unit of my hospital..but I am currently in canada and want a course on sickle cell to throw more highlights
    On the condition when I go back home when does class start?

  19. Nita
    Nita March 26, 07:23

    Hello,my daughter has sickle cell anemia. I have been advocating for her for years due to the unpleasant treatment, attitude and service my daughter had experienced I decided the best thing for me to do, would be to become an advocate on the personal level and advocate not only for my daughter but others as well. I do share what people with sickle cell go through but I want to get the message out to more people. I write poems for a living, so I believe with that experience,my hunger, thirst to speak out on behalf of those who suffers could be awesome. I wrote a poem years ago for my daughter titled “A Day In My Shoes.” Walking a day in the shoes of a Sickle Cell Patient (Fighter)

  20. Anjelli
    Anjelli May 15, 02:18

    My 5th grade sickle cell student has a teacher who has ignored the required accommodations by the state regarding my student and will not send her homework via email. Her mom is a hardworking single mom. How can I help my student?

  21. Cello
    Cello August 01, 04:37

    My niece just died 2 days ago from complications of sickle cell. I need information to become an advocate.

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