The Organizing Academy is a new initiative HSC developed as part of our approach to build the influence of the human services sector and maximize the impact of HSC’s advocacy campaigns.

The Organizing Academy will offer a series of workshops designed to develop and build the knowledge base of our members and provide key tools needed to fully engage in HSC’s organizing and power-building efforts. These trainings are available to all our members with different trainings being available to staff at all levels within the organization.

Upcoming Trainings

Please note that all trainings are for HSC Members only.

Gain an overview of the basics of advocacy. In this training we will discuss why it is important for you to make your voice heard and work with elected officials to address issues affecting your communities.

Intended audience: Human services workers

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Dig into how to build relationships with key decision makers and different ways we can show our collective power during key times in the legislative and budget calendar. Participants will also learn how to prepare themselves to effectively work with elected officials.

Intended audience: Human services workers

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Executives will learn how to strategically develop leadership within their organization’s greatest resource; staff and clients, to engage in advocacy campaigns. We will ground in why these strategies and tactics matter and dig into when and how to engage staff.

Intended audience: Executives

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In this workshop, we will learn about the procurement process and the impact that government contracts have on the work that you do for communities including the design and implementation of programs and workforce opportunities.

Intended audience: Human Services Workers

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Past Trainings: Resources & Recordings

For those who have already taken an Organizing Academy workshop – and those who are interested in learning more! – check out the available resources below to build on the lessons learned in each session.

How to Develop an Advocacy Strategy, July 8, 2021

A recording of this training can be viewed HERE.

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How Government Contracts Impact My Work, July 22, 2021

A recording of this training can be viewed HERE.

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How to Engage the Media, August 5, 2021

A recording of this training can be viewed HERE.

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When and How to Engage in Direct Action, August 12, 2021

A recording of this training can be viewed HERE.

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How to Use Social Media for Advocacy, September 9, 2021

A recording of this training can be viewed HERE.

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Nonprofits, Lobbying, and Grassroots Organizing: New York City and State Rules Governing Lobby Activities

recording of this training can be viewed HERE.

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