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New Webinar: “Orientation to the Walking College”

To learn more about the 2016 Walking College Program, click here. The application can be completed here.

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Date and Time: Thursday, March 31st at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

Webinar Host: Ian Thomas, State and Local Program Director, America Walks

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About the Webinar

In April, 2015, America Walks announced the names of our first class of Walking College Fellows. Twenty-five grass-roots advocates from across the United States were selected from a strong field of applicants to participate in an experimental distance-learning program designed to build local capacity to advance the goals of the national walkable community movement. Six months and hundreds of hours of study and hands-on activities later, the Walking College program wrapped up at the National Walking Summit in Washington, DC. Another six months later, and those Fellows are reporting new coalitions, local Walking Summits, progress on complete street policies, funding for sidewalks, and even a statewide walking campaign – all with a major “assist” from the Walking College.

So, we’re doing it again! Our online application form is live  and we will accept applications through April 15th. And, if you think you might be interested in applying, this webinar is a must!

First, Ian Thomas, America Walks’ State and Local Program Director, will walk you through the application process and discuss the various components of the program:

  • Opportunity to learn from national leaders including Mark Fenton and Dan Burden
  • Six instructional modules consisting of targeted webinars, online reading and research, community projects, and video-interactive Mentoring Sessions with seasoned advocates
  • Development of an Walking and Walkability Action Plan for your community
  • Participation in the 2016 Pro Walk, Pro Bike, Pro Place conference

Next, three graduates from the “Class of 2015” will discuss their experience as Walking College Fellows and how it has impacted their local walkable community advocacy work. While these presenters – Faye Paige Edwards, a community activist from St. Louis; Katelyn Digioia, a transportation engineer from Atlanta; and Ann Mansfield, a Registered Nurse from NE Iowa – have different backgrounds and work in different types of communities, they were united by the Walking College.

Finally, we will answer all your individual questions. If we run out of time during the webinar, we will follow up by email.

About the Presenters

unnamed-5Faye Paige Edwards is a 2015 Walking College Fellow and a “born again” walking activist. After completing a career in sales, marketing and training, her retirement was interrupted four years ago when a friend asked her to join a “virtual” GirlTrek team. As GirlTrek’s National Field Director and now as the volunteer St Louis GirlTrek City Captain, she inspires African-American women to maintain the keystone habit of walking. Faye holds an M.B.A. from the Ross School of Business, an M.A. from Occidental College, and a B.A. from Lincoln University (PA), and she has been awarded the GirlTrek Harriet Tubman Award and Trailnet’s 2015 Tom Yarborough Active Living Award.

KD_headshotKatelyn DiGioia is a 2015 Walking College Fellow and an engineer with the Georgia Department of Transportation in Atlanta. In her dual roles as the DOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Engineer and Safe Routes to School Coordinator,
she works to bring together resources to increase the safety of children and adults walking and biking in Georgia.   She recently graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Civil Engineering. She loves walking and biking and sees these modes as an essential part of a healthy and equitable transportation system.

Mansfield-PhotoAnn Mansfield is a 2015 Walking College Fellow and the project director of the NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative.  She works with grass-roots leaders to create healthier communities, guided by a regional shared vision for increased access to local, healthy food and opportunities for physical activity.   Ann has 35 years of experience in health care and facilitation utilizing process improvement, multidisciplinary teams and systems leadership to achieve desired outcomes. Her degrees include BA-Nursing from Luther College and MSN from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

We are grateful to the Centers for Disease Control, American Public Health Association, and Every Body Walk! Collaborative for sponsoring this program.