Training


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Organizing for Justice:
August 15-18
September 19-22 – in person, in Chicago!
November 14-17

Supervising Organizers:
October 18-20

All of our national 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!

Training days are 10:30 am – 3:00 pm Central time, including a lunch break, and multi-day trainings have optional coffee and happy hours for informal conversation and questions.
Email training@midwestacademy.com 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.

Refund/Credit Policies
In the event you cannot make the training you registered for
, please reach out to us as soon as you know. This helps us accurately plan and keeps our waitlist from growing unnecessarily.
Our policies differ based on in-person or virtual trainings:

Refund/Credit policy for virtual trainings:
This policy reflects the reality of recruiting new participants from the waitlist on short notice. 

  • If you let us know more than 4 weeks from the first day of the training, you will receive a full refund or credit for future training.
  • If you let us know between 2-4 weeks from the first day of the training, you will receive a 75% refund or credit for a future training.
  • If you let us know between 1-2 weeks from the first day of the training, you will receive a 50% refund or credit for a future training.
  • Less than 1 week notice -or- not showing up on the first day of the training, no refunds are available, and credits are at the discretion of administration.

Refund/Credit policy for in-person trainings:
This policy reflects our belief that it will be increasingly difficult to recruit new participants the closer we get to the start of the training, especially given health concerns and travel costs.

  • If you let us know more than 6 weeks from the first day of the training, you will receive a full refund or credit for future training.
  • If you let us know between 4-6 weeks from the first day of the training, you will receive a 50% refund or credit for future training.
  • If you let us know less than 4 weeks from the first day of the training, you will not receive a refund or credit for future training.

If you do NOT show up and have given no notice, we cannot provide a refund or credit.

Registration for the session may be transferred to another individual at any point.
Please reach out to training@midwestacademy.com with any questions!