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RFP--Youth Advocacy Training Institute, Curriculum development of a 3-Hour Training Module for Youth on Chronic Disease Risk Factors

Deadline: November 26, 2008

The Lung Association's Youth Advocacy Training Institute (YATI) is currently accepting proposals to develop curricula for a 3-hour training session for youth. This is an introductory training that would focus on facilitating youth (ages 14-18) learning about chronic disease risk factors beyond tobacco use (i.e. obesity, inactivity).

YATI is an organization that is funded by the Ontario Government's Ministry of Health Promotion and aims to equip youth and adults working with youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote health and advocate for change in their communities.
The "Other Chronic Disease Factors" training would aim to increase youth:

  1. Knowledge of chronic disease risk factors including obesity and physical inactivity;
  2. Knowledge of ways to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity;
  3. Knowledge of ways to advocate for policy change regarding the risk factors.

This training module has been conceptualized as a knowledge and skill-based training for youth consisting of the following components:

a) a facilitator's guide (with at least one icebreaker and 3 hours of training content);
b) background/preparatory information on the topics covered;
c) a pre-test and post-test to assess knowledge gain of participants;
d) a handbook for participants;
e) a "Now What?" handbook for youth and adult support people that details ways to apply the concepts learnt in the training.

All modules are based on the following assumptions about YATI trainings:

  • Appropriate for youth audience;
  • Training is evidence-based (supported by current research);
  • Includes current and up-to-date information;
  • Incorporate as many learning styles as possible.

All proposals should include:

a) Cover letter including previous experience working in health promotion, specifically regarding chronic disease prevention and experience in developing curriculum for youth or children;
b) Current resume or curriculum vitae;
c) Rate for Service including GST;
d) Timelines work completion date of December 31, 2008;
e) A signed statement that you or your organization has never worked for the tobacco industry.
f) 3 references

Successful candidates should possess:

  • A bachelor's degree in a related field and/or relevant experience.
  • 3-5 years of experience in writing health curriculum, developing and/or implementing educational programs for youth.
  • Knowledge of or experience in health promotion or health education as it relates to chronic disease prevention.
  • Knowledge and experience using adult or youth teaching/learning strategies.

Please submit your proposals to develop this curriculum by 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 26, 2008.

All proposals must be submitted (pdf format preferred) to John Atkinson at  jatkinson@on.lung.ca.