Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Advocacy Requires Strong Leadership

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Advocacy Requires Strong Leadership

Article excerpt

As the broad-based membership organization that helps connect family and consumer sciences professionals across multiple practice settings and content areas, AAFCS plays a pivotal leadership role in advocacy for our field. Yet advocacy means different things to different people. For our purposes, let's define advocacy as having two components-public awareness and public policy.

Public awareness involves communication methodologies to educate targeted audiences or the general public. Whether through individual relationship building or mass media techniques, we see the need for the public to understand how our programs and research-based information address societal issues. The public policy component of advocacy involves educating public officials on policies that allow people to successfully live and work in our very complex world. Policies can be at the local, state, national, or international level.

This past year when New Hampshire Affiliate President Kay Shoubash found out that family and consumer sciences was going to be left out of the minimum education standards, she led the fight and letter-writing campaign to get it back in at the high-school level. And they were successful! Family and consumer sciences is in the education standards for at least the next seven years! The New Hampshire Affiliate is also working on a uniform curriculum, based on national standards, to be used in FCS classes across the state; members there are recruiting teachers to help with the teacher shortage. …

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