2017 Weeklong Community Organizer Training


At the heart of any successful organizing campaign is the training and development of leadership. Every year, the Ohio Organizing Collaborative (OOC) and its statewide members host training for approximately 80 leaders from the faith and labor community, electoral politics, public officeholders and grassroots leaders who seek to be more effective organizers in their communities, churches, or workplace. OOC’s weeklong training blends the best of traditional organizing models with emerging innovation. This training has been designed and is conducted by top-level organizers from Ohio, Michigan, California, Kansas, Minnesota and New York, as well as a variety of national networks including National People’s Action, the PICO National Network, and the Center for Community Change. Over the course of a week, leaders are provided with the tools and skills to become more effective at creating transformative change in their community – teaching ordinary people to unleash their capacity to impact the social, political, environmental, and economic decisions affecting their lives.

The 2017 training is scheduled for:
Sunday, July 23 through Friday, July 28
Capital University
661 College Ave, Columbus, OH 43209

Cost: Tuition plus room and board for this six-day on-site residential training is $425 per person for OOC affiliates and qualified applicants or $500 per person from non-affiliated groups. All leaders and organizers must have prior approval for attendance if not members of an OOC affiliate. Scholarships are available for low-income participants. Please see your organizer for a scholarship application.

What you will learn: In this training, you will engage with other participants in a learning community that emphasizes self-reflection and mutual inquiry. You will benefit from a life-changing environment that encourages the examination of your strengths and weaknesses through calculated risk-taking and the practice of new behaviors. You will learn to discover your self-interest, what drives your leadership, and how to frame your personal story for a public life. Experienced trainers will teach you the path to building individual power and powerful organizations through the launch of strategic campaigns, while naming the political and economic moment.

The training is sponsored by the Ohio Organizing Collaborative in collaboration with the Akron Organizing Collaborative, the AMOS Project, Columbus People's Partnership, Valley Voices United for Change, the Miami Valley Organizing Collaborative, the Ohio Student Association, People's Justice Project, and other members of the OOC. More information on our work can be found at www.ohorganizing.org. If you have specific questions regarding training, please contact your organizer directly or email OOC Operations at info@ohorganizing.org.

Click "Register" to complete your registration. You will be redirected to a payment page. All payments are due before the training. If you have questions about payment or about the training, please reach out to Jennifer Toles at jennifert@ohorganizing.org.