The Michigan Fitness Foundation is seeking a new, dynamic Program Coordinator to plan and coordinate our state-wide Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programming initiatives. We are looking for a professional who is enthusiastic about the Safe Routes to School program and posesses strong knowledge and skills to support schools and communities in developing their SRTS efforts. The successful candidate will develop and provide SRTS training, coordinate and deliver regional SRTS action planning and application development, technical assistance, training and outreach to increase walking, bicycling, and rolling to school with a focus on underserved communities, assist with reporting and record keeping and develop procedures and materials as needed. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree (preferably in education, community development, or health promotion), strong written and oral communication skills, and a proven track record of customer service and creative problem solving. See full posting and application instructions here.
The Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) would like to increase the number of local Safe Routes to School (SRTS) planning teams that are actively planning and initiating SRTS initiatives. Therefore, MFF is releasing a RFP to solicit subcontractors for the SRTS program. Proposals are due August 15th, and contract award winners will be notified by mid-September. Contracts will run from October 1st, 2013 to September 30th, 2014 for the 2014 fiscal year. Up to five subcontractors will be selected to provide technical assistance to schools developing SRTS applications.
Michigan State University (MSU) faculty Wayne Beyea and Warren Rauhe are working in partnership with the Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) to assist up to five schools across Michigan with their Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs. If your school is interested in this opportunity please continue reading...
There is wonderful news for schools and communities: we have funds available for the 20% match for Safe Routes to School projects in Michigan. We have been approved for up to $750,000 of toll credits for fiscal year 2013! These state funds can be used to match both infrastructure and noninfrastructure SRTS grants. As with all of our grants, this is a competitive process, and funds will be allocated to solid projects. If your school and community are working on a Safe Routes to School project, call one of our representatives as soon as possible to discuss your plans.
Safe Routes to School (SR2S) is an international movement—and now a federal program—to make it safe, convenient and fun for children to bicycle and walk to school. When routes are safe, walking or biking to and from school is an easy way to get the regular physical activity children need for good health. Safe Routes to School initiatives also help ease traffic jams and air pollution, unite neighborhoods and contribute to students’ readiness to learn in school.