Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Jobs/Roles in the ECE Community: National/Federal Level

1.)    The National Bullying Prevention Center
I chose this National organization because it has a lot of excellent information and resources on their website. It offers videos, stories, news, and websites for children/parents, and it also has a petition. There is a link on the website that offers a list of Community events as well. They even offer run, walk, and roll events across the county. It’s a wonderful website that helps bring people together within communities and make something negative into something positive.

The National Bullying Prevention Center has many job opportunities available. Some jobs that are being offered that interest me are: ICAN- which is motivational speaking, blue shirt day and unity day. I’d also be interested in being a part of the Youth Crisis line and the Committee for Children.

The skills and experience I would need to competently fulfill each of the roles above would be to have experience working with people, being a good communicator, having a positive outlook on life/experiences, and have interpersonal skills.

2.)    Stomp Out Bullying- A National Anti-Bullying and Cyber Bullying Organizations for Kids and Teens
I chose this National organization because it’s popular, has very informative information and plenty of resources for parents/teachers/children regarding bullying. My favorite thing about this website is that it offers a link titled “Ways to Help” and it shows pictures of actors/actresses stomping out bullying by them being a part of the organization which is wonderful and inspirational to see. This website offers a helpline for children/teens that need it. “Stomp Out Bullying works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyber bullying, and other forms of abuse in schools and online communities across the country.” (McGowan, 2013)

The National Anti-Bullying and Cyber Bullying Organization did not list any job opportunities on their website but there are a few jobs I’d love to be a part of. I would love to be a part of the teen/youth line to give advice to the youth on bullying and to make a difference.

The skills and experience I would need to competently fulfill each of the roles above would be great communication skills, getting along with others, being educated on the topic of bullying, and be willing to speak to children about their personal feelings, thoughts, ideas, etc.

3.)    Stars: Nashville: Students Taking a Right Stand: “STARS exists to serve schools and communities by providing prevention, intervention and treatment services addressing bullying, substance abuse, violence and social and emotional barriers to success.” (Helix, 2013) This seems like a great organization that has such a wonderful and inspiring purpose. I like the organization helps with many other things and is not limited to just bullying.

On the website they do offer a link to apply for employment. The positions available depend on each state. I clicked on “Corporate Office” positions and there were none available. It didn’t seem like they had many positions open even though they offered that link on the website to apply for a job.

If any job opportunities were available, the skills and experience I would need to competently fulfill each of the roles would be to: Have experience working with people, must have great communication skills, be educated on the topics they serve in and be willing to make a difference in the lives of others.


National bullying prevention center. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.pacer.org/bullying/
McGowan, J. (23, August 2013). Stomp out bullying. Retrieved from stompoutbullying.org
Helix, S. (2013, September 24). Students taking a right stand. Retrieved from http://starsnashville.org/

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Exploring Roles in the ECE Community: Local and State Levels

First, I'm interested in learning more about the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Their vision is to support those that are disabled and that live in the state of Tennessee to live rewarding and fulfilling lives. Their mission is "Through person centered practices, persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience optimal health as a cornerstone for quality of life." (Payne, 2013) This organization offers many services in order for disabled people to live in quality homes, be employed, develop meaningful relationships and it teaches them how to become a part of the community in which they live. It seems like a very positive and helpful organization. Through the website, training is available. I would be interested in working with children and/or adults with disabilities. The website didn't list qualities that were important for the job but a few I'd say would be important before getting hired are: Honesty, leadership skills, and reliability.

The second organization that I'd like to learn more about is The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. (Tennessee voices for Children)  "TVC has progressed to become a statewide and national source of referral, support, and advocacy for families and the systems that serve them." (2013) A big part of TVC's mission is to make the public aware, educate the public, provide training to the public and give technical assistance to communities statewide. Under the "Volunteer Opportunities" link on the website, there were none available. This was another website that also provides training. I think it would be fun to be a child's voice, to make a difference, and to help in the community in anyway I can to support children and families. In order to fulfill any job here you would have to be educated, have a love for people, be able to communicate and like to volunteer.

The third Organization that appears to get my interest is The Tennessee School of the Deaf. The purpose of this school/organization is to provide children an educational program. "Students are equipped academically, vocationally, physically, emotionally and morally to meet the daily challenges presented by society." The website had many tools and resources along with many links to click but there was no option that had information about jobs. It would be neat to work with children who are deaf, especially since I'm new at learning sign language recently. What a rewarding job that would be!In order to have any position in this field  you would have to know sign language, have experience with children/families, and have a love for all types of people/children.

Payne, D. (2013). Department of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Retrieved from http://www.tn.gov/didd
Children's mental health week. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.tnvoices.org/events/childrens-mental-health-week 
Tennessee school for the deaf. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.tsdeaf.org/