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Jack Layton was a joyful and passionate activist who believed in our collective strength to organize for transformative change in every conceivable way.
A key component of the Layton Legacy project is to encourage and support new waves of activism; to support the long-standing and new emerging groups who are committed to organizing for change in their community.
That’s why we’re excited to invite you to join us on Monday, August 22, 2022 for the Layton Activism Award Celebration. This initiative, as part of Jack's Legacy, is designed to amplify the activism we see all around us. To support, grow, and move forward with the changes we want to see.
HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?
We invite you to apply for the second annual Layton Activism Award. To nominate someone, please use this form. We strongly encourage self-nominations!
Let us know what you and your group are doing and why. Describe and share your passion for change, and that of your group/organization. Your involvement not only helps grow the movement overall, it opens up opportunities for your group to access needed resources and training as you continue your activism.
The winner will receive an award of $5000.00 and an opportunity to receive organizing for change training with the Institute for the Change Leaders.
Do you have a desire to step up and fight for a better, fairer, more just world? This course is for you.
The Building Skills for Change workshop series is designed to help anyone learn how to make a difference in their community through the basics of strategizing, organizing, telling your own story, and taking effective action.
During this eight week, sixteen-session online course you will learn how to:
- Tell your story to motivate others to take action.
- Design a strategy that gets the change you want
- Structure your team to avoid burnout and facilitate growth
- Recruit and keep volunteers
- Choose a strategy and tactics that move decision-makers
After completing the course you will receive a certificate in Organizing for Social Change from the Institute for Change Leaders.
The curriculum is based on the teachings of Harvard University Professor Marshall Ganz, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement and an adviser to President Obama's 2008 Presidential campaign.
You will learn through lectures and small group activities that will allow you to practice the skills we teach.
You will work with an experienced organizer, who will facilitate your group and help you plan your organizing project. You will finish the course ready to tell your story, with a developed organizing statement, and tools to plan your organizing project's strategy and tactics.
Dates and times
This course takes place over 8 weeks, each Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 pm EST, beginning September 13th, 2022 and ending Novemebr 1st. Coaching circles will be held on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 pm EST.
The Tuesday sessions include lectures and facilitator-led breakout groups with the opportunity to practice that week's material. The Thursday sessions function as 'office hours' for participants to ask questions, practice their skills, and receive coaching.
The regular price ticket is $499.00. ICL will be offering a limited number of scholarships to individuals and groups working or volunteering with a non-profit, charity, labour union or social movement. Please complete this form to apply.
Duncan Pike is a union activist, campaigner, and social movement trainer with a passion for supporting people who are organizing for a more just, fair, and equitable society. As a facilitator and Communications Lead with the Institute for Change Leaders, Duncan has trained thousands of new activists and union members on organizing and campaign strategy and tactics, public narrative, and campaign messaging.