Outreach Training Program (OTP)

The Outreach Training Program (OTP) is designed to help ACS members passionate about science outreach fully maximize Society resources through in-person workshops at regional meetings or a seven-week online course.

The OTP will build 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.

Program Description

The OTP includes seven sessions on the history of ACS Outreach, safety, event planning, communication, marketing, leading volunteers, and monitoring success. Attendees will learn to successfully plan and execute 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

Full-day workshops are offered at the following regional meetings and will last from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. All ACS members engaging in outreach are invited to participate. Workshop registration is free for CCEW and NCW Coordinators and is separate from regional meeting registration. If you would like to attend the full regional meeting, you would need to register at the MARM, NERM, or SERMACS websites. If you have already registered for a regional meeting and would like to add workshop registration, please email outreach@acs.org.

After the course, all attendees will receive a certificate of completion.

OTP Part 1 at the ACS National Meeting & Expo
Monday, August 26
10:30 – 11:45 AM
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Sapphire Ballroom CD
1 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
Monday, October 21
Savannah Riverfront Marriot
100 General McIntosh Boulevard
Savannah, GA 31401

Price included in regional meeting registration

Free for CCEW/NCW Coordinators

Online Course

An online course is available for participants unable to attend the in-person workshops. Participants must attend the seven live webinars or view the recordings, and take a short quiz and survey for each, to gain access to course resources. Once a participant completes all seven courses, they must take the program survey to gain access to their customized certificate.

 Course Topics  Date
 1. Introduction and History of ACS Outreach Jul. 9
 2. Safety in Outreach Settings Jul. 16
 3. Event Planning and Fundraising Jul. 23
 4. Communicating through Hands-On Activities Jul. 30
 5. Marketing and Partnerships Aug. 6
 6. Leading Volunteers Aug. 13
 7. Monitoring and Sustaining Success  Aug. 20

All webinars will take place at 3 PM Eastern/12 PM Pacific.

To participate in the OTP online, you will need to enroll via the ACS Learning Management System using your ACS ID.

Past Trainings

Tuesday, June 25
The Saratoga Hilton
Room Saratoga 3
534 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Saturday, June 1
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Meyerhoff 256
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

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