Master Home Educators Wanted!
Master Home Educators are a fundamental and vital element of our Healthy Homes program. Prospective Master Home Educators will complete 20 hours of comprehensive training on the home as a system, and learn how to identify common problems, the health implications of these problems, and how to fix them. The topics covered in the Healthy Homes training include: biological pollutants, chemical contaminants, and safety concerns.
We look for diverse individuals who are committed to actively participating in the training sessions and who will join us to improve the health of our Fort Collins community. Upon completion of the training, we ask that you dedicate 20 hours to the program and/or complete 10 home health assessments.
Volunteer To Become a Master Home Educator
The first step to becoming a Master Home Educator is create your account in Engage which is the on-line system that the City uses to manage all of our volunteers. Click here to create an account and then fill out the Volunteer Application form.
The next Master Home Educator training series is scheduled for April 2019. The training consists of a 4 weeknight session and one Saturday session. Dinner is served prior to the evening sessions, and breakfast is served to start off the Saturday session.
Details will be posted here once the planning for the training sessions has been completed. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Master Home Educator FAQs
- What kind of Master Home Educators are you looking for? Do I have to be a professional in the environmental health or sciences field?
We are looking for residents primarily in the Fort Collins area who care about having a healthy home and educating others about ways to make their homes healthier. Our Master Home Educators often suffer from asthma, allergies, or chemical sensitivities or have family members or friends who do. The Master Home Educators are interested in learning ways to reduce allergies and asthma triggers to these conditions in their homes. To Master Home Educator, you don't have to be a professional in the field, but we do ask that you are willing and able to make the commitment of time to complete both the training and required outreach hours. Our Master Home Educators vary greatly in age and occupation. We are invested in having a culturally diverse group of Master Home Educators participate in the program.
- How technical is the training?
This is not a technical training, although it does include some technical elements. Our goal is to give you a basic understanding of indoor pollutants (recognizing the hazards and knowing how they impact our health) and to help you find low cost or no cost solutions to these problems. You will learn how to identify any major biological polluntants, chemical contaminants, and safety hazards in homes. You don't have to be a scientist, but you do have to be willing to read, study, and actively participate in the training.
- Who are the trainers and what are the classes like?
Our trainers are all specialists within their fields who come from a variety of backgrounds. They offer their expertise to our integrated training and are an excellent resource for our Master Home Educators. Each class session is taught by either one or two trainers.
- Why do you have the training on weeknights and why is there a Saturday class?
Because of the number of hours involved in the training we have to include a Saturday to accommodate a practice assessment/walk-through of a home. We hold most of the classes in the evenings because we've found that it's more convenient for our Master Home Educators to meet then. This schedule allows those who work or are in school during the day go through the training.
- If I can't make this training, when will you have another?
We hold Healthy Homes trainings once a year in the Spring. If you let us know, we will make sure you are notified of application deadlines.
- Will I get university or continuing education credit for the training?
No. Even though the training is comprehensive, we are not able to issue credit for the classes. The goal of our training is to give you the information to do educational outreach to residents, family and friends, and to the general community.
- What will the training cost?
There is no charge for the training. We ask our Master Home Educators to conduct 8 assessments in the coming year, or to commit to 20 hours over the coming year to further advance the program's marketing, education, and outreach.
- How many people will be selected?
Since the training involves a lot of participation and interaction, the class size is limited to approximately 25 Master Home Educators.
- What if I can't attend all of the classes?
Because of all the valuable information taught during each class, it's very important that you attend all of the classes. We understand, however, that things come up (prior plans, sickness, etc.) and you may have to miss a class. We do ask that you let us know which class you can't attend and that you have another Master Home Educator take notes for you and collect any hand-outs. We also ask that you write up one page on the topic you missed.
- Should I apply if I don't like public speaking?
Our Master Home Educators fulfill their outreach hours in a number of ways that don't necessarily include public speaking. There are many opportunities to educate others without having to speak in front of a large group. Each of our Master Home Educators comes up with an individual outreach plan with our program staff that takes into account what populations they want to reach and how they prefer to work.
- What type of Master Home Educator outreach does a trained Healthy Home Master Home Educator conduct?
All of our Master Home Educators perform indoor air quality home assessment visits in the community (each takes about 1 to 1 1/2 hours to complete). During the visit, the Master Home Educator meets with the resident and walks through their home with them, addressing ways that they can reduce their exposure to toxins. They often pair up with other Master Home Educators to do the visits and either come up with their own referrals or take referrals that we get through our office. Master Home Educators also can get involved in a number of different projects. They may help out at booths for fairs and other community events, do slide show presentations, lead a household hazardous waste workshop, work with a special project targeting childcare providers, or write articles for our Master Home Educator newsletter. We encourage our Master Home Educators to be creative with their outreach ideas and we do what we can to support you so you can be a successful Master Home Educator.
- Is a background check conducted?
Yes, in order to protect you and the individuals whose home you'll be visiting, a background check will be conducted prior to you receiving a home assessment assignment.
- Are there readings and homework for the class?
Yes. We do have a Master Home Educator training manual that you will receive on the first night of training and there are readings that correspond to most of the classes. There are usually a number of hand-outs from each class also. We ask that our Master Home Educators complete two practice in-home assessments during the course of the training.