Organizing for Justice

(formerly Organizing for Social Change)


The Midwest Academy Strategy Chart is considered a gold standard in the field for analyzing power and going from angry to effective.

This four-day VIRTUAL training provides concrete skills as well as a framework for thinking about how to do effective progressive organizing. The tools are compatible with a wide variety of organizing models, and provide a framework for critical and constructive thinking about how to achieve the goals of your particular organization, constituency, issue mix, and social and political context.

Strategy, power, self-interest, relationship building – Midwest Academy’s Organizing for Justice training will give you the baseline skills you need for effective progressive organizing work.  Whether you’re a new organizer or looking to brush up and expand your skills, this training will give you a solid foundation in how to bring people together in campaigns that win.

As an added bonus, you will spend four days in the company of other progressive organizers from across the country, and learn from their experiences as well!

“Strategy, strategy, strategy! I’ve been sitting through it, but not connecting the pieces. We don’t just want to fight fires, we want to be strategic! I feel empowered.”

 

sample agenda is available.

2022 Training Schedule (click below to register)
(all sessions are virtual unless otherwise stated)
January 18-21
February 14-17
June 21-24
August 15-18
September 19-22 (in person, in Chicago) – note: Read our in-person health and safety policies here.
November 14-17

For more information or to be added to a waitlist, reach out: training@midwestacademy.com

Cost for virtual trainings: 
The cost of tuition is on a sliding scale, ranging from:

  • $400 for individuals or participants from organizations with budgets below $250k
  • $550 for participants from organizations with budgets between $250k – $500k
  • $700 for participants from organizations with budgets greater than $500k

Cost for Chicago’s in-person training, September 2022:

  • Budgets up to $125k – $580/participant
  • Budgets of $125k – $250k – $775/participant
  • Budgets of $250k – $500k – $970/participant
  • Budgets of $500k – $1m – $1165/participant
  • Budgets greater than $1m – $1360/participant
    Note that the cost for in-person trainings reflects overhead and extra training hours.
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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!