Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

FCS Students Work with Nonprofit Agency

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

FCS Students Work with Nonprofit Agency

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For the past 4 years the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) unit at Southeastern Louisiana University has collaborated with a nonprofit agency, the Tangipahoa Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, to plan and implement a family life conference with the community. This conference provides information on topics relevant to families; the target audience includes parents, professionals, students, and community members.

This collaboration enables students enrolled in a Family Resource Management course to develop responsibility and professionalism while practicing their management and team-building skills. Two benefits to the FCS unit are: (a) student professional development and (b) assistance to students in the identification of potential internship possibilities with the nonprofit agency and other agencies represented at the conference.

The nonprofit agency benefits by utilizing the knowledge, ability, and expertise of the FCS faculty and students as well as assisting it in the achievement of organizational goals and objectives. Parents and the community have access to current research on issues relevant to families. Professionals acquire up-to-date research and continuing education units in their field. Other nonprofit organizations display and present information to approximately 275 individuals who may utilize or make referrals to their services.

The responsibilities of the teams change each semester based on feedback from the previous semester. …

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