Final project advocacy action plan



For your final project, you will create an Advocacy Action Plan (AAP) that requires you

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to demonstrate the culmination of knowledge you have gained throughout this course

about fundamental concepts and core underlying components for authentic home-

school-community partnerships. Building on your AAP work in Units 3 and 5, you will: 1)

identify an advocacy issue (a pressing issue and/or concern for young children and their

families), 2) act as an advocate for change, and 3) plan action.

Your AAP Final Project has two parts:

• Written Advocacy Action Plan: Your AAP will consist of 4 to 5 pages not

including the Title and References pages. You are required to utilize course

resources (e.g., textbooks, articles, and media).

• AAP Presentation: Prepare and record a 5 to 7 minute narrated presentation of

the key advocacy and action messages.


Complete all of the following steps.

Part 1: Written Advocacy Action Plan (AAP)

1. Identify one issue based on the status of children in your home state or another

chosen state (Children’s Defense Fund Annual “Children in the States Fact


2. Connect the issue to one (1) of the five Strengthening Families Protective


• Write an explicit description of the issue and the connection to a protective

factor. The five protective factors are:

1) Parental resilience,

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Unit 7 Final Project: Advocacy Action Plan & Presentation

2) Social connections,

3) Knowledge of parenting and child development,

4) Concrete support in times of need, and

5) Social and emotional competence of children.

3. Describe your advocacy position.

Explain why you have selected this issue and the need to advocate for change,

and apply the following to your advocacy position:

• One (1) sociological theory

• At least two (2) fundamental course concepts

• At least one (1) ideal or principle from the NAEYC Code of Ethical


• Address Key Elements 2a and 2b in NAEYC Standard 2 Building Family

and Community Relationships

o 2a. Knowing about and understanding diverse family and

community characteristics

o 2b. Supporting and engaging families and communities through

respectful, reciprocal relationships

4. Design an Action Team and your detailed plan for advocacy action.

• Describe your ACTION TEAM: Who will you need to partner with in the

development and implementation of your plan? Families must be on the

team! You are not to do this on your own!

• How will you address this issue to improve conditions for families with

young children?

• Utilize at least two evidence-based programs, approaches, strategies

and/or tools from course resources. Examples: Help Me Grow, a checklist

from Beyond the Bake Sale, an article, and/or a video.

• Explain how this action plan supports families as their children’s first and

most important teachers and advocates!

Part 2: AAP Presentation

• Record a 5-7 minute narrated presentation based on your written AAP (Part


o Option 1: You may record a video of yourself presenting without slides.

For this option, review the CHS236 YouTube Video Submission

Instructions to learn how to submit your video to YouTube.


o Option 2: You may create a narrated slide presentation using

PowerPoint. For this option, review the CHS236 Add Audio to

PowerPoint and Save as Video Instructions to learn how to record

audio to your slides and the CHS236 YouTube Video Submission

Instructions to learn how to submit your video to YouTube.

• Your presentation must include the following items to help others understand

and support your key advocacy issue, position and action messages.

o Communicate a thorough and persuasive advocacy statement.

o Include key messages from all of the written AAP sections (advocacy

issue, Protective Factor, advocacy position, action plan and action


o Be sure to demonstrate application of one sociological theory, and two

fundamental course concepts.

• Upload your completed presentation (Option 1 or Option 2) to YouTube and

obtain a viewing link for submission.


• Written AAP

o Word document in APA 7 format (with Title Page and Reference Page).

o Minimum four to five (4-5) pages in length, excluding Title and Reference


• AAP Presentation

o Narrated video five to seven (5-7) minutes in length uploaded to YouTube.

• Submit both the Written AAP and the AAP Presentation YouTube link to the Unit

7 assignment submission link.

Be sure to read the criteria below by which your work will be evaluated

before you write and again after you write.

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