What is the NPJC’s Leadership Institute?
The Leadership Institute is a seven-week intensive training in the fundamental skills of community organizing. If you have the desire and commitment to make our city a better place, the Leadership Institute can give you:
What skills topics are covered?
- real-world skills you need to be effective in your work
- expert advice from professionals in the field
- a wealth of practical resources and locally relevant information
- a support system of other people who share your vision for a better world
- professional training valued by future employers
The seven-week workshop progression includes an introduction to community organizing, power analysis, strategic planning, public speaking theory and practice, planning a variety of public events, fundraising for justice, working with local media, coalition-building, managing and resolving conflicts, and lobbying at the local and state levels.
Who leads the workshops?
Each workshop is facilitated by a team of trainers highly experienced in that particular field. Over the course of eight weeks, you will learn directly from a variety of Middle Tennessee’s best organizers, outreach specialists, lobbyists, speaking coaches, organizational planners and media people.
Who participates in the Leadership Institute?
The Leadership Institute attracts participants from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some are paid community organizers, some are community activists in their spare time, some are in social service fields and want to incorporate a community organizing perspective into their work. Many others are regular folks who want to learn more and get more involved in their communities. What unites us all is a vision to make our city a better place by building strong, powerful organizations of the people directly affected by the problems in our communities.
When’s the next session? How do I apply?
The Leadership Institute is held twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. For information on the next Leadership Institute cycle, and to get an application form, contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org