Developing an academy to train advocates for policy change in the Southern United States to prevent childhood obesity

This project will develop the Advocacy Academy, a pilot training program in a targeted Southern region, to prepare advocates through classroom instruction-one-on-one technical assistance and online training to implement policy change specific to childhood obesity. The grantee, Tandeka L.L.C., in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), will design this project to train up to 30 advocates to lead state and local policy campaigns to improve healthy eating and active living in their communities. As part of activities supporting the academy, Tandeka will: (1) conduct a preliminary scan of existing advocacy-training curricula/training institutes to inform the scope and agenda of the academy; (2) develop the scope and agenda for launching the academy; (3) develop criteria for recruiting trainers and facilitators for the academy; (4) develop criteria for recruiting participants; (5) staff and manage implementation of the academy program; (6) develop and manage a network of participants after they have completed the academy phase; and (7) produce a handbook that outlines how to develop and implement additional Advocacy Academies. Tandeka will not use RWJF funds for lobbying, and RWJF will clearly state its lobbying prohibition in the written training materials developed under this project.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $499,990.00

Awarded on: 10/27/2010

Time frame: 11/1/2010 - 12/15/2012

Grant Number: 67965


Tandeka, LLC

900 East Bunche Street
Dothan, 36303-1847


Letetia Daniels Jackson
Project Director