Healthy Schools Grants Announcements!

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Just ASK! Healthy Schools Grant winners!

These grants provide PTA units or councils with small amounts of money to improve  the health at their schools and to share their work with NCPTA and all of our units. The projects varied, and we look forward to featuring their successes and lessons learned starting this summer!

  • Bain Elementary School, Mecklenburg County
  • Berewick Elementary School, Mecklenburg County
  • Elmhurst Elementary School, Pitt County
  • Holly Tree Elementary School, New Hanover County
  • Jones Dairy Elementary School, Wake County
  • Lindley Elementary School, Guilford County
  • Ligon Magnet Middle School, Wake County
  • Rama Road Elementary School, Mecklenburg County
  • Reedy Creek Elementary School, Wake County
  • Thomasville Primary School, Davidson County

Upcoming Grant Cycle

The 2017-2018 Healthy Schools Grant Program will open October 26, 2017! These grants are up to $1000 for PTA units or councils in good standing and can be used to improve the school health policies or environments of your school or schools.

Dates to Know

October 26, 2017: Grant application opens
December 15, 2017: Grant application due
January 26, 2018: Grant winners notified
June 30, 2018: Final grant reports due

Requirements

  • PTA or council must be in good standing
  • PTA or school must have completed a school health assessment
  • Project or program must be able to be completed by the end of the the 2017-2018 school year

Register for Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Today!

Join NCPTA and trainers from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for a Youth Mental Health First Aid training!

Date: November 30, 2017

Time: 8:30-5pm

Location: NCPTA Headquarters, 3501 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612

Cost: $30 (includes lunch)

Youth Mental Health First Aid (y-MHFA) is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Register today!

 

 

NCPTA is looking for a Social Media Intern!

Social Media Intern

The North Carolina Parent Teacher Association (NCPTA) is the state’s oldest and largest volunteer organization advocating for the education, health, safety and success of all children and youth while building strong families and communities. PTAs across North Carolina impact more than 685,000 children and their families.

NCPTA is looking for a Social Media Intern during Fall Semester 2017. Responsibilities will include monitoring and posting to our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest), and participating in online outreach and promotion. Hours are flexible, but likely five (5) to ten (10) hours per week. This is an unpaid internship, but the successful applicant will register for course credit.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Executive Director to create and implement campaigns
  • Create engaging social media content
  • Develop content calendars on a weekly and monthly basis for programs
  • Monitor analytics on various platforms
  • Provide support at live events as schedule allows

Qualifications and skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree student in Marketing with an emphasis/interest in Digital Media or related field
  • 2+ years’ experience in social media/marketing
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • In-depth working knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and Google applications
  • Experience with social media analytics, including Google Analytics and Facebook Insights preferred
  • Knowledge of Canva, Adobe Pro, or iContact desirable

Those looking to gain valuable online media experience with an established nonprofit organization are encouraged to apply at office@ncpta.org.

National PTA Hosts Reflections Theme Search Contest


Students can now submit ideas for the 2019-2020 Reflections Theme. National PTA Reflections sponsors a student-focused Theme Search Contest annually to determine a future program theme. NCPTA welcomes all students from PTAs in good standing to participate! NCPTA will select 5 winning themes in November to represent North Carolina in the contest for the 2019-20 Reflections Theme!

Reflections encourages creativity and lifelong learning while offering recognition for artistic endeavors. The PTA Reflections Program is designed to enhance quality arts education for students in preschool through grade 12.

Learn more!

Buy Tickets for Founders Day!

Register today to join us at the NCPTA State Headquarters on Saturday, November 4 from 1-4 pm for our Annual Founders Day Celebration!

The celebration will include:
  • Light refreshments
  • Keynote speaker Jason Griffin, North Carolina’s Principal of the Year
  • Silent Auction
  • Jazz ensemble
  • Commemorative rock painting for children
The ticket price of $15 for adults/$5 for children (by 10/27) supports the NCPTA Annual Founders Day Campaign. Founders Day, started by National PTA in 1912, became synonymous with Child Welfare Day, and allows members to assist NCPTA in expanding its outreach.

Updated Job Posting!

NCPTA is hiring an Advocacy Program Coordinator!

The North Carolina Parent Teacher Association (NCPTA) is the state’s oldest and largest volunteer organization advocating for the education, health, safety and success of all children and youth while building strong families and communities. PTAs across North Carolina impact more than 685,000 children and their families.

The Advocacy Program Coordinator will be responsible for membership engagement, capacity and partner building, developing educational materials, and coordinating and assisting with advocacy trainings to support NCPTA’s wellness policy campaign. The Advocacy Campaign Coordinator will work with the Director of Health Programs and report directly to the Executive Director.

This is a part-time, grant-funded, contracted position from date of hire through September 30, 2018.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Director of Health Programs and Executive Director to create and implement campaign to equitably strengthen wellness policies and wellness policy implementation in North Carolina including:
    • Assessing local wellness policies and SHACs in 115 LEAs
    • Liaising with state officials
    • Updating informational materials for new audiences
  • Develop coalition of stakeholders to advocate for equitable implementation of strong local wellness policies at the state level and coordinate stakeholder meetings including:
    • Assessing current stakeholders and partners to identify opportunities to engage diverse voices
    • Engaging members to engage in advocacy
  • Organize advocacy and training events
  • Plan and develop communications with members, elected leaders, coalition members, and the general public about local wellness policy including:
    • Creating a social media toolkit and talking points
    • Creating pitch packet for media
    • Creating segmented communications
    • Creating and distribute action alerts to members
    • Creating and distribute local messages and calls to action
    • Scheduling and create member communications
  • Provide bi-weekly reports to funding organization

Qualifications and skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a strong emphasis in health, communications, and/or government relations with applicable work or volunteer experience
  • Working knowledge of the political and legislative environment of North Carolina preferred
  • Working knowledge of federal, state, and local policies that impact school health and wellness preferred
  • A knowledge of and commitment to NCPTA’s non-partisan advocacy work and the history of PTA advocacy
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Passion for NCPTA’s mission and vision

Those looking to gain valuable advocacy experience with an established nonprofit organization are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume to office@ncpta.org by October 12. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

NCPTA Back-to-School Kit Available Online

NCPTA is excited to announce that for the first time the NCPTA Back-to-School Kit is now available online! PTA Leaders can access the kit digitally anytime anywhere. The kit can be downloaded in its entirety or by item.

View the NCPTA Back-to-School Kit.

NCPTA to Host the Family Engagement Leadership Forum

Saturday, September 16, 2017
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Campbell University
Buies Creek, NC

This exciting forum will include the following:

  • Networking with PTA Leaders and Educational Advocates from Around the State
  • Leadership
  • Advocating for Schools
  • PTA Finance
  • Programs for Schools and MORE!

Learn more and register today!

NCPTA Announces Monthly Leader Webinars for 2017-18 School Year

NCPTA is excited to announce the Lifeline for Leaders Webinar Series for the 2017-18 school year. These monthly webinars are held on the second Monday of each month and cover a variety of  topics PTA leaders won’t want to miss.

View the Lifeline for Leaders schedule.

Health is Academic Campaign Helps PTAs Plan for Next Year

Did you know health is an academic issue? It is! Healthy kids are happier, more successful students. Health is Academic is NCPTA’s campaign to describe the connection between health and learning, and to share that with PTAs and schools across North Carolina. This summer, we’ll be sharing your stories about how healthier schools are helping every child in our emails and on Facebook.

Get ideas for how your PTA can get involved in each of the 10 components of the Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community model! Summer is a great time to plan for next year and to think about how your PTA is going to make every child healthy, every child whole, and every child successful.

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