Virtual training to be offered through the end of 2021.
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Organizing for Justice: Essential Skills – October 4-7, 2021

Supervising Organizers: Essential Skills November 15-17, 2021

All of our trainings are currently virtual.  They are both shorter and more intimate — capped at 25 participants, we’re ensuring the spirit of our in-person trainings carries over to the online essentials trainings (plenty of dialogue and small-group exercises!  This is NOT your typical webinar format.).

Organizing for Justice: Essential Skills (4 days online) – updated agenda here!
Supervising Organizers: Essential Skills (3 days online) – updated agenda here!

INTRODUCING single-day sessions for alumni and organizers with 3+ years of experience 

  • Leadership Development  Leadership Development is one of the most hallowed terms in community organizing.  But it often doesn’t receive the attention and unpacking that it deserves.  In this session, we will spend time on a definition of leadership that fits the community context, key roles for leaders, and the strategies for developing the skills, analysis and confidence of grassroots leaders.  
  • Effective Coalitions  Building power is central to organizing, and we build coalitions to build greater power for justice. Coalitions help us organize larger numbers of people in order to address bigger issues and the root causes of social problems.  In this session, we will acknowledge the challenges and dilemmas in building coalitions and discuss the guidelines that help to build inspiring coalitions.
  • Organizing for the Long Haul: Vision and Self  How do organizers sustain a passionate and strategic organizing practice the long haul?  One part is a commitment to strengthening and diversifying our skills.  Equally important is aligning one’s vision for social change with one’s daily practice and a deep understanding of and commitment to taking care of oneself.
    In this session, we will focus on the roles of vision and self-knowledge and care in organizing.

Training days are 10:30 am – 3:00 pm Central time, including a lunch break.
Email to be added to any waitlists!

Trainings will still have lots of interaction — we are using Zoom meetings to facilitate each training, and will have ample time for discussion in the large group as well as breakouts.

Registration pages explain cost and other details!  We are pricing these on a sliding scale based on your organization’s budget. 
Due to the sliding scale instead of a flat fee, we are NOT offering scholarships right now.


For our history and more on our in-person trainings, keep reading (but know they’re on hold until we can safely host them again!)

From its founding in 1973, Midwest Academy has been the go-to training school for organizers across the progressive movement.  Its trainers have distilled decades of experience in social justice organizing into practical lessons for social justice organizers.  Organizers in labor, women’s rights, the environment, racial justice, immigrant rights, corporate accountability, and many more issues have found value in Midwest Academy’s skills-based approach to organizing.

We offer three different courses:

Organizing for Justice: (formerly “Organizing for Social Change”) Hone concrete skills that enable you to win issue campaigns and build a strong, lasting organizations.

Advanced Strategy Retreat: Develop or refine your organizations current issue campaign strategy through a combination of presentations and individualized work time.

Supervising Organizers Workshop: Evaluate and sharpen your supervisory skills to develop effective strategic and relational organizers.


Lessons from trainees:

“It meant so much to be in the company of so many positive organizers in such a tense and dangerous time in America’s history.  So many smart, experienced people made me sharper.”

IMPORTANT: our trainings consistently hit capacity and often move to a waitlist. Because of that, we ask that ALL participants commit to the entirety of the training they register for.
If your schedule changes, please reach out immediately to transfer to a future training. We can offer your spot to someone else if we have enough lead time.