Become a Change Club Leader
In order to be eligible for the StrongPeople Change Club Training Program, you must:
Be an employee/staff with a nonprofit organization; If you are not an employee/staff of a nonprofit but are working in partnership with a nonprofit organization to implement the program, you must submit a letter from the nonprofit organization as your sponsor. In addition, all leaders are required to sign a scope of use agreement regarding nonprofit use of the program only.
Have a firm commitment to starting a program in your community.
Experience and Credentials
Experience in providing community education or outreach and/or community connections would likely be beneficial, but there are no required credentials or experience for taking the Change Club training and leading a group.
If you will be leading a community walkabout or any other physical activities, we strongly suggest CPR training and certification as a best practice.
The Role of a StrongPeople Change Club Program Leader
- To generate interest in the program and recruit participants
- To conduct participant screening and complete enrollment forms
- To conduct an informational session for potential participants
- To thoroughly understand the principles of the program
- To instruct classes based on the sound nutrition principles outlined in the Leader Guide
- To be timely and organized for scheduled classes
- To provide ongoing feedback, assistance, and support to participants
- To provide leadership and inspiration to enhance compliance
Space & Equipment
To implement the StrongPeople Change Club Program safely and effectively, we recommend a minimum of 300 square feet for a class of 12 to 15 participants for delivering the program in-person. Preferably, a room the size of a large classroom will be available. The location should also have a safe place to walk in the surrounding neighborhood.
Sites Appropriate to Run a StrongPeople Change Club Program
The program is appropriate for urban, suburban, and rural community organizations, such as community centers, county NIFA (extension) offices, senior centers, older adult housing complexes, places of worship, or any other community site where people come together.
The Program Leader Training
Potential Program Leaders must complete an official StrongPeopleTM Change Club Program Leader Training and receive a Training Certificate before teaching a program. This training is offered in a self-paced online version or occasionally as a live virtual training. The training covers important background and research, program content and effective leadership. The training also provides guidance on how to schedule programs, space and equipment needs, and overview of all program resources.
Online Program Leader Training Courses
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