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 education 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.
Advanced training for two team members from member organizations. Available to members only. Separate application required. Space is limited.
Each member organization accepted into the Summer Leadership Course designates two individuals leading their legislative advocacy work – including one senior staff person – to attend a full day immersive training every Thursday in July.
|Time||Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4||Day 5|
|9:30||Arrivals / Opening Session: AI Work & Goals||Opening Practices||Opening Practices||Opening Practices||Opening Practices|
|10:00||Opening Practices||Who’s Who 1: Understanding State Politics||Who’s Who 2: Understanding City Politics||State Budget 1: Fiscal Policy for Social Justice||City Budget: Expense|
|11:30||City & State Landscape & Timelines||I’m Just a Bill – In Albany||I’m Just a Bill – In NYC||State Budget 2: Understanding the Process||Winning! The Politics of Bill Signing|
|1:45||Campaign Examples: Participant Perspectives||Reading Legislation: The Crib Notes||Bring it Home: Teach Your Team||Implementation: Making Our Wins Count||Winning! Identifying Targets|
|3:30||Your LD: Orientation to Tools||Member-Driven Advocacy”||Legislative Meetings: Who, How, When & What||Expert Strategy Sessions||Synthesis & Integration: Organizational Next Steps|
|5:00||Closing & Debrief||Closing & Debrief||Closing & Debrief||Closing & Debrief||Closing & Debrief|
City Who’s Who & City Elections!
Morning Sessions (9:30am-12:30pm)
City Budget Process, Hearing Preparation, and the Legislative Directory
Afternoon Session (1:30pm-4:30pm)
AI provides exactly the type of information and ‘Insider knowledge’ that groups like ours need to be more effective and strategic in our work. - Walter Barrientos, Make The Road New York
Over 250 organizers in New York use our resources to reveal who holds power, who works for them, and how they fit within the legislative landscape. Together, we’re creating a more effective social justice community of activists and advocates.