Apply Today! KFTC 2019 Organizing Academy Cohort application is now LIVE!

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Applications are now LIVE for the 2019 KFTC Organizing Academy Cohort. Apply here!

Do you want to build your own community organizing skills and confidence? Learn about how to have effective conversations with folks in your community? Better understand how to develop an organizing strategy that will win issues and benefit Kentuckians? If so, then apply for KFTC’s 2019 Organizing Academy today! The deadline to apply is January 14, 2019.

“The organizing academy was a wonderful learning experience. I learned so many new things that I will and have already put into practice. I was able to meet people from all over Kentucky and have all kinds of dialogue on the issues that affect us and how to address them. I am grateful for my time with the organizing academy.”

– Alondra Garcia, Madison County

More information about KFTC’s Organizing Academy:

The 2019 Organizing Academy will include a cohort of about 20 participants who will engage in a three-month training program from March 2019 to May 2019 called "Organizing 101: Building Power Through Organizing” where they’ll learn organizing skills while helping make tangible, positive change in Kentucky.

Members of the Organizing Academy cohort will be expected to attend in-person trainings from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST in the central Kentucky area on the six Saturdays listed below. The cohort will also ask that participants read, listen, watch and engage with various resources throughout their three-month training, as well as participate in discussions and reflections with your fellow cohort members on a monthly video call and in an online platform. Cohort members will also be asked to lead organizing projects in their region to use the tools and skills they are learning in order to build grassroots power across the state.

The training dates and topics are:

  • March 9th: Organizing, Power, and KFTC

  • March 23rd: Inclusive Organizing

  • April 6th: Base-building and Leadership Development

  • April 27th: Non-Violent Direct Action

  • May 11th: Meeting Facilitation and Creating Agendas; Grassroots Fundraising

  • May 25th: Graduation

Skills and tools for self-care, healing, and communications will be interwoven throughout the curriculum.

Is this for you?

As members of the cohort, participants will be asked to help KFTC evaluate the Organizing Academy cohort program and shape future programs. Therefore we are looking for people who believe in organizing as a primary strategy, are committed to the future of KFTC and look to apply the skills learned in their community, KFTC chapter or other grassroots organization. Also, note this is a general introduction to community organizing training cohort. Other advanced trainings will be offered throughout the year, but this program is a great baseline foundational program.

The deadline to apply is January 14, 2019

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Beth Howard at bethhoward@kftc.org or at 386-299-2921.

Please share with other KFTC members, friends, and allies who you think would be a good fit. The link to share and apply is: http://bit.ly/KFTCAcademy2019