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.
ADVOCACY TRAINING COURSE (The “A” Series)
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.