National and Local Programs
Many national and local programs, organizations exist which can provide valuable information
and materials for FCA student club groups. Oftentimes available materials are even "free"
which can support the accomplishment of goals.
Check out some of these National Groups (A) and Resource Websites (B) listed below.
A. IMPORTANT NATIONAL GROUPS There are many organizations and groups that can provide materials, expertise and support to one or more of the goals and objectives of the Future Child Advocates club initiative. Check out their websites listed below. Added contacts and support are also available to approved FCA Clubs/Affiliates for some of these groups as well.
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, founded in 1987, is a nonprofit national organization focused on meeting the needs of professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families. Especially important to APSAC is the dissemination of state-of-the-art practice in all professional disciplines related to child abuse and neglect. This Society can help FCA clubs meet their local Professional Development goals by tapping into APSAC's multidisciplinary network of members for support and research development expertise.
Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA). Founded in 1972 by Donna Stone in Chicago, Prevent Child Abuse America has laid the groundwork to promote services that improve child well-being in all 50 states. Their programs focus on community activities and public awareness/policies that prioritize prevention right from the start. Given the long history of this organization and its role in not only supporting child abuse prevention efforts, but also helping to develop national policies in advocating for healthy families, it is an important group for FCA student clubs to tap into to help support in particular their Public Awareness and Community Outreach goals.
Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection (The Fontana Center). The Fontana Center has a long history in the field of child abuse and neglect especially in the urban, greater New York City areas with a focus on the promotion of evidence-based primary prevention and treatment strategies. The Center and its Team can help provide information to FCA clubs especially related to the goals of Advocacy and Professional Development.
Operation Respect (OR). The concept of Operation Respect was first inspired in 1999 by Peter Yarrow of the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, and Dr. Charlotte Frank, then Senior Vice President, Research and Development, McGraw-Hill Education. A song - "Don’t Laugh at Me" - further propelled Yarrow and team to design and develop a social and emotional learning program that uniquely incorporates elements of music and the arts to reach the hearts of practitioners and students alike, creating a strong sense of community, encouraging acceptance of differences, and sparking a vital and affirmative school spirit. Website provides fabulous materials and ideas to move positively forward in critical child advocacy areas especially in the area of Community Outreach goals in the schools and beyond.
National Bullying Prevention Center - MN (Pacer). October is National Bullying Prevention Month - a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. It unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Over the past 10 years, this campaign grew from a small week-long event to a worldwide effort with multiple activities throughout October supported by hundreds of schools, major corporations, and celebrities. Their website provides exciting materials that FCA student clubs can utilize on campus and in their communities to reach many goals in both Public Awareness efforts and Community Outreach... The End of Bullying Begins With Me!
B. ADDITIONAL RESOURCE WEBSITES
- Music and Songs can sometime "spark" action - supporting diversity and building community for all (age, region, culture). Check out some of these samples of words and music for possibilities:
"Give Us Hope"
"Don't Laugh at Me" - "The Children are Listening" ... and many, many more from OR
- Movies can often bring important issues to diverse audiences in ways that can appeal to broad audiences in creative ways. Some of the recent ones FCA student clubs have used are the following and are well worth "checking out":
Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope
Paper Tigers: One High School's Unlikely Success Story
Let's Get Real - Groundspark...Igniting Change through Film