Registration is *live* for all virtual sessions
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We are currently planning two in-person sessions for the fall, and have other virtual dates available. (Click the date to be taken to a registration page for scheduled virtual sessions.)

Organizing for Justice:
June 21-24
August 15-18
week of September 19 – in-person in Chicago — location and registration TBA
November 14-17

Supervising Organizers:
July 18-20
week of October 17 – in-person in Chicago — location and registration TBA

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 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.