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 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.”


We would like everyone in the movement to come to our great training for free! But income from our training and consulting work is the primary source of revenue for the Midwest Academy. These sessions are not subsidized by foundations. Therefore, we are not able to provide a lot of scholarships, and all scholarships are partial. But if your organization truly needs help to access this training, use this form to tell us about yourself and your organization.