Legislative Trainings

Our curriculum teaches the critical strategic and technical skills needed for today’s legislative advocacy. Our cohort model and intimate trainings foster collaborative networks that develop trust across issue areas, sectors, and the State of New York.

All trainings are produced by a trusted community of government insiders, seasoned advocates, journalists, and organizers. Participants advance strategy, build relationships, share skills, gather information, and optimize their legislative campaigns.

Woven into all of our training opportunities is a commitment to interactive participation, the use of relevant case studies, and an understanding of the dynamics of privilege and oppression in legislative advocacy.

Eligible applicants must be:

  • Affiliated with a non-profit organization
  • Working actively on social justice legislative or budget campaigns (either on their own or in coalitions)
  • Located in New York State

Trainings and Events


We anticipate more demand than we can meet for these trainings and will be accepting participants on a rolling basis by application. Please answer every question on the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

In-person trainings are free for members.

For non-members, in-person trainings are $50.00 per day.

Contact hello@advocacy-institute.org with any questions.

In light of the recent developments regarding the coronavirus, we regretfully have to postpone this training for a future date in order to ensure the safety and health of all our participants. We continue to look forward to bringing our training to the Hudson Valley and will be in touch once a new date has been confirmed. We greatly appreciate the work you do and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

The Advocacy Institute (AI) is coming to the Hudson Valley to offer a two-day training on legislative and budget advocacy. The training is an excellent opportunity for those looking to deepen their knowledge about the legislative landscape at the local and state level.

Topics include:
– Navigating key players and power structures at the State level and in the Hudson Valley;
– Planning for legislative and budget processes;
– Strategizing and practicing for legislative meetings;
– Understanding AI tools for effective legislative advocacy including our Interactive maps for the State and Hudson Valley; and
– Planning implementation from the start of a campaign.

Training Details:
Two full day sessions on March 12 & 13 (9:00am-5:00pm)
The Henry A Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home
4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY, 12538
Meeting Room C

The deadline to apply is March 4.

Apply here.

Contact hello@advocacy-institute.org with any questions.

We’ll share information about upcoming trainings in this area as soon as we have something planned!

Contact hello@advocacy-institute.org with any questions.

We’ll share information about upcoming trainings in this area as soon as we have something planned!

Contact hello@advocacy-institute.org with any questions.

We’ll share information about upcoming trainings in this area as soon as we have something planned!

Contact hello@advocacy-institute.org with any questions.

Join us on Wednesday, March 25th at 2 pm for our All About Implementation Webinar as we:
– highlight opportunities for influencing the implementation process;
– learn how to plan organizationally for bill implementation; and
– explain best practices around policy implementation after a bill passes

Don’t miss out! The deadline to register is March 20th.

This webinar is for AI members only. If you would like to become a member, have questions, and/or want to request support, please feel free to contact us at membership@advocacy-institute.org

Past Trainings

+ New York City 1-Day Training (November 20, 2019)
+ Long Island Training (Nassau) (October 22, 23, 2019)
+ New York City Regional 3 Day (July 11, 18, 25, 2019)
+ Western New York Regional Day (June 10, 2019)
+ Hudson Valley & Westchester 2 Day (March 20 & 21, 2019)
+ New York City Regional 2 Day (Jan 30 & 31, 2019)
+ Hudson Valley Regional Funder Training (October 25, 2018)
+ Western NY Regional Funder Training (October 12, 2018)
+ NYC Regional Training (Jan. 31, Feb. 7 & 14, 2018)
+ Hudson Valley Regional Training (January 24-26, 2018)
+ Member Training (November 14, 2017)
+ Member Training (October 17, 2017)
+ Western New York Training (September 26, 27, 28, 2017)
+ Member Training (September 20, 2017)
+ Summer Leadership Course (July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017)
+ Joint Training Series with HSC & UNH (July 11, 18, 2, 2017)
+ Long Island Training (w/ LICET) (May 10, 11, 12, 2017)
+ Member Training (May 18, 2017)
+ Member Training (April 13, 2017)
+ Member Training (March 16, 2017)
+ Member Training (February 9, 2017)
+ Buffalo Training. (December 9 – 11, 2016)
+ Member Training (November 15, 2016)
+ Member Training (September 20, 2016)
+ Long Island Nassau Training (May 25 – 27, 2016)
+ Long Island Suffolk Training (April 26 – 28, 2016)
+ NYC Training (April 22, 2016)
+ Westchester Training. (February 3 – 5, 2016)

Past Webinars

+ All About Implementation 2020 (March 31, 2020)
+ NYC Budget Webinar (February 27, 2020)
+ 2020 Session Updates (January 30, 2020)
+ All About Implementation (May 30, 2019)
+  Last Chance for Legislation (April 18, 2019)
+  NYC Budget Homestretch (March 28, 2019)
+  Meet our AI Insiders (Building Key Relationships) (February 21, 2019)
+  Campaign Milestones: Tracking Progress Along the Way (January 24, 2019)
+ Key Players & Power Dynamics | How the Elections Impact Legislative Strategy (December 6, 2018)
+ State Power & Authority Why Working Across Regions Matters (Nov 1, 2018)
+ Understanding State Legislative & Budget Cycles (Oct 4, 2018)