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.

Registration for a webinar is free for members. For non-members, registration for a webinar is $15.00.

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

Long Island: Coming to the Table

Long Island is home to many advocacy groups fighting for a better world – and it is one of the most segregated and unequal regions in the country. How did we get here, and what can we do about it? Please join the Advocacy Institute for a four-part series on the policy choices that have led to structural inequalities in Long Island, current campaigns that seek to address these inequalities, the nuts and bolts of doing legislative and budget advocacy at the state level, and how to get ready for 2021. These sessions will bring to the table advocates from diverse issue areas and different regions across the island. 

  • From Organizing to Albany: Fighting & Winning at the State Level (11/12). This session will also be offered in Spanish on 12/15 – click here to register.
  • Getting Ready for 2021 (11/23).
  • Race & the Advocacy Landscape of Long Island (1/14/21). 
  • Advocacy Campaigns in Long Island (1/21/21) 

All sessions will take place from 2-3:30 pm. Sessions are free and open to policy advocates, organizers, community members, volunteers, and anyone else working toward a more just and equitable Long Island. Advance registration is required – you can find more info on each session and sign up here. Participation in all events in the series is not required, but is strongly encouraged.

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

AI Member Call: NYC Budget Process

This past June, New York City passed a $88.2B budget as the city faced a $9B shortfall. The controversial budget, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, left many issues unaddressed and many of the priorities that we were fighting for were met with huge cuts. While this is extremely disappointing, advocates still have an opportunity to push for the needs of our communities. Join for our next AI Member Call on the NYC Budget Process on Tuesday, September 29th at 2pm where experts will:

  • Share insight on what advocates should know about the November modifications and January Plan;
  • Discuss how advocates use these opportunities to push their budget priorities; and
  • Give insight into who advocates should engage with in the Administration and the role City Council plays in both.

This Member Call is open to AI members only. Please RSVP by September 24th. Once you have RSVP’d you will receive a calendar invite with a zoom link. If you are not an AI member and interested in being a member or have questions about membership, please email membership@advocacy-institute.org.

AI Member Call: Building Relationships with State Agencies and the Administration

AI is holding a call on Tuesday, November 10th from 2 to 3pm with AI members to discuss and strategize how to build relationships with State Agencies and the Administration in preparation for 2021. Special guest speaker, Melinda Mack, Executive Director of the New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP), will join AI to discuss:

  • Structure of the Executive branch and key players within the Administration;
  • How to engage officials in various agencies and the Governor’s office;
  • Examples of some successful partnerships between agencies and nonprofits; and
  • Key strategies to navigate relationships between the Administration and the State Legislature.

This Member Call is open to AI members only. Please RSVP by November 3rd. Once you have RSVP’d you will receive a calendar invite with a zoom link. If you are not an AI member and interested in being a member or have questions about membership, please email membership@advocacy-institute.org.

Developing a Strong Bill Package

You have an idea, and you want to get a bill moving.  Now what? Join us on Thursday, October 15 from 2 to 3:30 pm to learn  everything you need to develop a strong bill package. We’ll cover:

  • Things you should think about in developing the specifics of your bill;
  • Information you should collect to back up your proposal; and
  • How to effectively message around your bill.

By the end of the session, participants will know how to make the best case and put their best foot forward as they embark on a legislative campaign.

The deadline to register for this training is October 9th. The training is free for AI member organizations and $15 per person for non-members. Not sure if your organization is a member? Please see our member list here. Once you’ve registered you’ll receive a calendar invitation, which will be updated with the Zoom link prior to the training, and – if you’re a non-member – a payment link.

If you are interested in being a member or have questions about membership, please email membership@advocacy-institute.org.

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

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

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

+ NYC Budget Process (October 7, 2020)
+ The State Budget: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies (October 1, 2020)
+ Elections Debrief  (August 18, 2020)
+ LCATT Series: Implementation (August 4, 2020)
+ LCATT Series: Legislative and Budget Process (August 3, 2020)
+ LCATT Series: Strategy and Content (July 27, 2020)
+ LCATT Series: Relationship Building (July 13, 2020)
+ LCATT Series: Coalition Building (July 13, 2020)
+ LCATT Series: Setting The Stage (July 6, 2020)

+ Digital Advocacy Workshop (May 28, 2020)
+ All About Implementation 2020 (March 31, 2020)
+ NYC Budget Webinar (February 27, 2020)
+ 2020 Session Updates (January 30, 2020)
+ All About Implementation 2019 (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)