Outreach Training Program (OTP)

The Outreach Training Program (OTP) helps ACS members passionate about science outreach fully maximize Society resources through in-person workshops or an online on-demand course.

The OTP builds upon the success of ACS's two public awareness campaigns, National Chemistry Week (NCW) and Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW). These campaigns reach over 175,000 people annually through local section events and contests, and receive over 25 million digital impressions through social media and online publications.

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Program Description

The OTP includes seven parts on the history of ACS Outreach, safety, event planning, communication, marketing, leading volunteers, and monitoring success. Attendees will learn to successfully plan and execute hands-on outreach events, as well as have an opportunity to network and build a community with others passionate about science outreach and ACS.

“It was a great day of meeting and talking with others who are passionate about reaching out to share their excitement and knowledge of chemistry! The workshop leaders did an excellent job conveying information about resources and best practices for holding a successful outreach event.”
Melanie DiLorenzo, CCEW/NCW Coordinator, Maine Local Section
"I have been doing outreach for more than 25 years and have a very good handle on what and how to present to children and adults, but the training made me realize that I was just about totally ignorant about how marketing and partnering could improve outcomes of programs into which I invest significant time and effort.  I was also unaware of some of the wonderful resources that ACS makes available to folks doing outreach."
Rose Pesce-Rodriguez, CCEW Coordinator, Maryland Local Section

What You Will Learn

  1. Introduction and History of ACS Outreach
  2. Event Planning and Fundraising
  3. Safety in Outreach Settings
  4. Communicating through Hands-On Activities
  5. Leading Volunteers
  6. Marketing and Partnerships
  7. Monitoring and Sustaining Success

Need extra help convincing your organization to send you?

Download and edit this pre-written approval request letter and copy-paste it into an email.

In-Person Workshops

All ACS members engaging in outreach are invited to participate in in-person workshops. After the course, all attendees will receive a certificate of completion.

May 27-29, 2020
Greater Columbus Convention Center
400 N High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
October 14-17, 2020
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
2 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

On-Demand Course

An on-demand course is available for participants unable to attend an in-person workshop. For each of the seven parts, participants will view a recording, take a short quiz, complete a survey, and receive access to course resources. After the course, all attendees will receive a certificate of completion.

 Topics  Duration
 1. Introduction and History of ACS Outreach 59:28
 2. Safety in Outreach Settings 49:32
 3. Event Planning and Fundraising 53:58
 4. Communicating through Hands-On Activities 59:53
 5. Marketing and Partnerships 58:05
 6. Leading Volunteers 39:10
 7. Monitoring and Sustaining Success  53:55

Allow an additonal 10 minutes to complete the quiz and survey.

To participate in the on-demand course, you will need to enroll via the ACS Learning Center using your ACS ID.

Past Trainings

Monday, October 21, 2019
Savannah Riverfront Marriot
Academy Meeting Room
100 General McIntosh Boulevard
Savannah, GA 31401
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
The Saratoga Hilton
Room Saratoga 3
534 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Saturday, June 1, 2019
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Meyerhoff 256
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
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