KFTC Organizing Academy

How To Apply for
the Training Cohort

Apply online

Download an application form 

What happens next?

August 26 – Application process open

October 13 – Application deadline

November – Applicant screening and interviews

December 1 – First Organizing Academy cohort announced

January 2018 – Organizing 101 Cohort Begins

June 2018 – Organizing 101 Cohort Graduates

For more information, contact Beth Howard at BethHoward@kftc.org or 859-276-0563

Other Training Opportunities

Catalyst Summer Camp with the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition

Frontlines to Power with the PowerShift Network for people under age 35 interested in running for office (deadline September 22)

“This is the perfect response to the situation that we’re in right now.”

KFTC's new Organizing Academy represents a growing commitment to building progressive power through expanding and deepening grassroots leadership and movements in Kentucky. The Academy increases KFTC's capacity for developing new grassroots leaders with more popular education-oriented training to help emerging leaders develop their information, skills, relationships and confidence.

The Academy complements the Community Organizer Apprentice Program (a 19-month, on-the-job training program.) that began in June 2017.

The Academy will include local, regional and statewide training opportunities.

 One component is an initial cohort of about 20 participants who will engage in a more intensive six-month training program beginning in January 2018 and concluding in June 2018

As members of the pilot cohort, participants will be asked to help KFTC evaluate the Organizing Academy and shape future programs. Therefore we are looking for people with who believe in organizing as a primary strategy, are committed to the future of KFTC and look to apply their skills learned in your community, KFTC chapter or your grassroots organization.

What commitment will be asked of the Organizing Academy cohort?

  • Six once-a-month Saturday trainings starting in January 2018
  • Film and reading assignments
  • Monthly video conference calls
  • Investment in the Organizing Academy success

What are some of the things I will learn with the Organizing Academy?

  • Why organizing?
  • Building grassroots power
  • Nonviolent direct action
  • Inclusive organizing
  • Self-care for organizers (why it matters)
  • Base building and leadership development
  • Power analysis and strategy
  • Campaigns and campaign planning