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Advocates of The Firecracker Foundation are required to fulfill volunteer requirements that include completing a volunteer application, background checks including a DHHS Central Registry Clearance, and basic training. Click here to read more about how to become a Firecracker volunteer.

Advocates will participate in between 20-40+ hours of training on topics including but not limited to: Title IX Rights for K-12, Cultural Competency, Crisis Intervention Action Steps for Children & Families, and Medical & Legal Advocacy. The goal of The Firecracker Foundation Advocacy Training is to equip all volunteers with the information they need to advocate for the rights of all survivors of sexual trauma and provide support to their family and/or guardians.

The Pediatric Medical Advocacy Training was developed by North Star Wellness Center with training consultants Lauren Allswede and Shari Murgittroyd. The Title IX Advocacy Training was developed with Elizabeth Abdnour, Attorney at Law and with the support of the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. The Advocacy Committee continually provides evaluation, development, and continued education to staff and volunteers of the Community Education and Advocacy Program.

Advocates are asked to commit to one 24 hr. on call shift every month as well as attend monthly meetings where additional training and support are offered. 

For more information about joining this team, click here to sign up.