Community Organizing Training
The Justice Factory has created a comprehensive training curriculum, The Fundamentals of Grassroots Community Organizing I, II, and III, covering all aspects of grassroots community organizing. The curriculum is modular, and workshops can range from a broad 60 minute overview on the subject to a 5-day intensive experiential workshop.
– Designed for community groups, congregations, neighborhood and block clubs, school groups, or any size group that is committed to social justice.
– Can be used as an effective tool for non-profit organizational development, leadership and board development, marketing, outreach, and fundraising.
– The curriculum is in the form of Powerpoint© -style presentations, but can be viewed using free OpenOffice presentation software.
– Is available free of charge to any bona-fide grassroots community organization.
– Workshops can be presented by the local organization or can be organizer (instructor) -led.
– Can be customized to fit local needs.
– Can serve as the beginning of an on-going relationship between the organizer and the local organization, with follow-up activities, refresher workshops, or future consulting as desired by the local organization.
The Fundamentals of Grassroots Community Organizing I
- Define “Grassroots Community Organizing”
- Learn about the history of grassroots community organizing in America
- Answer the question- “How is ‘grassroots community organizing’ different from just ‘getting organized’“?
- Define the terms and concepts that are key to understanding the organizing process
- Identify the basic steps and methods used in community organizing
- Explore how community organizing might relate to the mission of your organization
The Fundamentals of Grassroots Community Organizing II-
- Expanding on the topics introduced in Part I, participants:
- Learn the importance of “Guiding Principles” in organizing
- Learn how to identify and motivate key leaders
- Learn “Organizing Rule #1” and “Organizing Rule #2
- Define “Enlightened Self-interest”
- Practice relationship-building and “The One-On-One Process“
- Explore how organizing might be beneficial to your agency, group, company, association, etc.
The Fundamentals of Grassroots Community Organizing III
- Building on Parts I and II, participants:
- Learn how to identify and “cut” an issue
- Learn how to identify “the REAL decision-makers”
- Learn the dos and don’ts of action-planning
- Learn the importance of “Turnout!, Turnout!, Turnout!” and how to produce it.
- Learn the importance of honest evaluation of successes and failures
Please email JamesBarrens@TheJusticeFactory.org for further information on obtaining this curriculum or training.