Master Family & Consumer Sciences Volunteer Program

The Master Family & Consumer Sciences Volunteer Program provides core training that increases the capacity of Extension volunteers to help people make informed decisions, enhance their quality of living, and meet unique challenges affecting their families, farms, communities and the economy

Welcome and Overview – estimated length 8 minutes

Objectives:

  • Describe the purpose, structure, and resources necessary to participate in the program
  • Gain knowledge to successfully engage in  the Master Family & Consumer Sciences Volunteer Program

M0 Welcome & Overview of Modules – with speaker notes
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Module 1: Cooperative Extension

Lesson 1: Cooperative Extension History – estimated length 17 minutes

Objectives:

  • Identify the relationship between land-grant institutions and Cooperative Extension
  • Recognize the impact of the Morrill Acts and the land-grant institutions(s) in your state
  • Identify why the Cooperative Extension System was established
  • Learn how to connect to the eXtension website

M1L1-Cooperative Extension History – with speaker notes
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Lesson 2: Family & Consumer Sciences History – estimated length 15 minutes

Objectives:

  • Describe basic Family & Consumer Sciences history and how it fits into the land-grant mission
  • Identify the mission of Extension Family & Consumer Sciences

M1L2-Family & Consumer Sciences History – with speaker notes
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Lesson 3: Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Volunteers – estimated length 16 minutes

Objectives:

  • State the relationship between Cooperative Extension and Family & Consumer Sciences volunteers
  • Identify two roles of Family & Consumer Sciences volunteers in your state
  • Learn the history of the first Family & Consumer Sciences volunteer base
  • Explore various opportunities for engagement

M1L3-Family & Consumer Sciences Volunteers – with speaker notes
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Lesson 4: Family & Consumer Sciences Core Programs – estimated length 21 minutes

Objectives:

  • Identify the core program areas of Extension Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Discuss the role and services of Extension Family & Consumer Sciences, and how they are relevant in today’s society
  • Identify how core program areas of Extension Family & Consumer Sciences are interrelated

M1L4-Family & Consumer Sciences Core Programs – with speaker notes
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Module 2: Leadership & Public Policy

Lesson 1: Effective Communication – estimated length 32 minutes

Objectives:

  • Determine appropriate methods to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing
  • Identify strategies for effective verbal communication
  • Identify strategies for effective listening

M2L1-Effective Communication – with speaker notes
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Lesson 2: Diverse Audiences – estimated length 21 minutes

Objectives:

  • Define the characteristics of a diverse audience
  • Identify a series of approaches entitled “All Reasonable Efforts”
  • Pinpoint strategies for making all learners feel welcome and encouraged to participate
  • Identify the demographics of your geographic area

M2L2-Diverse Audiences – with speaker notes
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Lesson 3: Facilitation Skills – estimated length 20 minutes

Objectives:

  • Characterize differing roles of a facilitator
  • Identify skills for assisting groups to work together productively
  • Decipher techniques to deal with people in difficult and compromising situations and topics

M2L3-Facilitation Skills – with speaker notes
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Lesson 4: Resource Development – estimated length 19 minutes

Objectives:

  • Discuss benefits of Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Identify types of resources
  • Decipher agencies/organizations to collaborate with to develop and expand programming and services
  • Develop ideas for finding resources

M2L4-Resource Development with speaker notes
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Module 3: Marketing & Branding

Lesson 1: Branding Family & Consumer Sciences – estimated length 13 minutes

Objectives:

  • Identify the reason for branding
  • Recognize the Family & Consumer Sciences brand
  • Understand when and how to use branding
  • Comprehend how marketing and branding coincide

M3L1-Branding Family & Consumer Sciences – with speaker notes
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Lesson 2: Value of Family & Consumer Sciences – estimated length 13 minutes

Objectives:

  • Describe at least three ways Family & Consumer Sciences benefits society
  • Identify at least two major national impacts of Family & Consumer Sciences programming

M3L2-Value of Family & Consumer Sciences – with speaker notes
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Lesson 3: Value of Volunteers – estimated length 15 minutes

Objectives:

  • Understand how volunteers fit into the Cooperative Extension System and the value of volunteers
  • Learn how to use the Volunteer Management Database

M3L3-Value of Volunteers – with speaker notes
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Lesson 4: Telling Our Story – estimated length 23 minutes

Objectives:

  • Utilize storytelling to raise awareness of the value of Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Identify government representatives
  • Recognize appropriate ways to communicate with government officials and stakeholders
  • Determine methods to market Family & Consumer Sciences educational programming and resources

M3L4-Telling Our Story – with speaker notes
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Post-Test

To complete your certification please take either the online or written post-test, available at the links below.

Online Post-Test: Master FCS Volunteer Program Post-Test
Written Post test