Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Shaping Public Policy

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Shaping Public Policy

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How can members become more involved in public policy issues? It is not a comfortable area for many people. In 1996, the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) started an annual Challenge activity to encourage members to get more involved in the public policy arena The Challenge has evolved over time to include three levels, each with increasing involvement Level one has activities that can be done in the local community to get started.

We encourage members to start at the basic Level 1 and each year increase their involvement to other levels or at least try new activities at lower levels. Level 3 includes advanced and national involvement.

The NEAFCS Challenge annually recognizes members who reach various levels of completion. Nearly one third of our members have completed the Challenge in each of the past two years and were recognized at our national meeting. Local affiliates have used the Challenge to mentor new members in public policy, to inform more decision makers of their Extension programming and to recognize member growth and development in public policy.

If your AAFCS affiliate is educating state and local decision makers about the impact of family and consumer sciences programs, the Challenge can be adapted to provide a useful tool for members. …

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