iACT Certifications

iACT is committed to enriching lives and empowering refugees and communities affected by humanitarian crises to lead sustainable solutions for long-term success. An iACT Certificate of Completion provides individuals with official recognition of their newly developed skills and knowledge in a specific area.

Little Ripples

This certificate acknowledges that the individual has successfully completed the requirements for Little Ripples Teacher Training I. The individual holding this certificate has the knowledge to run a Little Ripples program and has the understanding of the following:

  • Early childhood development including social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development
  • The values of Peace, Helping, and Sharing. Plus, how to integrate them into their lives, their homes, and learning spaces
  • The most important roles of a Little Ripples teacher: safety, fun, and learning
  • How to create a safe learning environment
  • The three types of play that support the developmental areas (social, emotional, cognitive, and physical) of early childhood development: guided play, free play, and outdoor play
  • How to build inner peace through mindful movement and emotional literacy
  • How to build outer peace through positive behavior management, while addressing disruptive behavior and integrating restorative practices
  • Using the transformative language of “Peaceful minds, Sharing hearts, and Helping hands” as a link between inner and outer peace
  • Creating a daily schedule for a Little Ripples early childhood development program
  • Program management

This certificate acknowledges that the individual has successfully completed the requirements for Little Ripples Teacher Training II. The individual holding this certificate has the knowledge to run a Little Ripples program and has the understanding of the following:

  • Early childhood development including social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development
  • The values of Peace, Helping, and Sharing. Plus, how to integrate them into their lives, their homes, and learning spaces
  • The most important roles of a Little Ripples teacher: safety, fun, and learning
  • How to create a safe learning environment
  • The three types of play that support the developmental areas (social, emotional, cognitive, and physical) of early childhood development: guided play, free play, and outdoor play
  • How to build inner peace through mindful movement and emotional literacy
  • How to build outer peace through positive behavior management, while addressing disruptive behavior and integrating restorative practices
  • Using the transformative language of “Peaceful minds, Sharing hearts, and Helping hands” as a link between inner and outer peace
  • Creating a daily schedule for a Little Ripples early childhood development program
  • Program management
  • Community organizing 

This certificate acknowledges the individual has successfully completed the requirements for Little Ripples Teacher Training III:

  • Highly proficient in skills and knowledge acquired in Training I and Training II
  • Completed LEAD with EMPATHY leadership development training and demonstrates knowledge in leadership, human rights, peacebuilding, and community organizing.
  • Is able to lead and implement Little Ripples teacher training

Refugees United Soccer Academy

This certificate acknowledges that the individual has successfully completed the requirements for Refugees United Soccer Academy Coaches Training I.

Program leadership and management

  • The Academy Philosophies of peace, helping, and sharing
  • The importance of player safety, including soccer field preparation and maintenance
  • Mindfulness: an introduction to basic principles of mindfulness and basic mindfulness exercises
  • Health and Wellness: an introduction to First Aid and the hygiene practices of hand washing, coughing into your shoulder, and handwashing.
  • Introduction to program management: player registration and attendance records, inventory maintenance, community engagement and outreach, and leadership

Soccer: Social, Physical, Technical, Tactical

Social

  • Introduction to play-based teamwork activities stressing communication and critical thinking
  • Leadership development: players are provided with opportunities to assist coaches and gain leadership experience

Physical

  • Strength and Injury Prevention: static and dynamic stretches
  • Speed and Agility Activities (with and without a soccer ball)

Technical

  • Introduction to passing and receiving
  • Introduction to ball handling: dribbling, first-touch, and control

Tactical

  • Introduction to change of direction and possession
  • Introduction to small-sided gameplay (4 v 4, pass-in, condensed space)

This certificate acknowledges that the individual has successfully completed the requirements for Refugees United Soccer Academy Coaches Training II.

Program leadership and management

  • Academy Philosophies of peace, helping, and sharing and how to teach those to Academy players ages 6 to 13
  • The importance of player safety, including field preparation and maintenance
  • Mindfulness: a deeper understanding of mindfulness and mindful practice on-and-off the field for children and adults
  • Health and Wellness: First Aid and the hygiene practices of hand washing, coughing into your shoulder, and handwashing
  • Program management skills, including player registration and attendance records, inventory maintenance, community engagement and outreach, and leadership.

Soccer: Social, Physical, Technical, Tactical

Social

  • Intermediate play-based teamwork activities stressing communication and critical thinking
  • Ongoing leadership development: players provided with opportunities to assist coaches

Physical

  • Speed and Agility: Introduction to Ladder work

Technical

  • Activities to build individual speed of play
  • Introduction II of ball control and foot skills

Tactical

  • Continued development of 4 v 4 play
  • Individual field awareness
This certificate acknowledges that the individual has successfully completed the requirements for Refugees United Soccer Academy Coaches Training III.

Program leadership and management

  • The coach is an expert in implementing, managing and leading a soccer academy program for youth ages 6 to 13.

Soccer: Social, Physical, Technical, Tactical

Social

  • Communication in small groups
  • Confidence in individual attacking and defending
  • Learned additional mindfulness practices

Physical

  • Speed and Agility: emphasis on running form and change of direction with speed
  • Strength and cardio with the ball
  • Proper technical form for injury prevention
  • Team movement for small-sided gameplay

Technical

  • Beginner to intermediate foot skills
  • Introduction to moves to attack, defend, and keep possession
  • Introduction to shooting
  • Intermediate passing
  • Change of pace

Tactical

  • Foundations of individual defending
  • Introduction to 2 v 2 defending
  • Foundations of individual attacking
  • Introduction to transition and change of direction play
  • Foundations of possession style soccer
  • Introduction to 6 v 6 gameplay