Posted on June 26, 2017
The CNL Organizing Academy’s 10 Month Advanced Organizer Course
The CNL Organizing Academy’s 10 Month Advanced Organizer Course for experienced organizers is an intensive course that will provide experienced organizers a space to read, reflect, and explore ways to deepen their analysis and practice of community organizing. The course is designed to help you get to the next level and to dig deep into institutional and individual opportunities for growth. The course will be structured by topic, which currently are (subject to change based on participant input- all looking at developing staff and creating a culture of excellence):
- Base Building
- Leadership Development
- Political Education
- Coalitions and Campaigns
- Institutional Growth
For each topic, the class will explore theoretical frameworks, reflect on current practices for their strengths and challenges, identify new practices to try, and then reflect on implementing them. The class is participatory and discussion-oriented, rather than lecture-style. Participants, the instructor, and additional advisers all contribute to the on-going development of the course.
The course will meet two Friday mornings each month starting in September 2017 and will run through the end of June of the following year. To apply to join the Advanced Course, complete this application by July 15th.
Training Instructor: Susanna Blankley worked as the Director of Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA), a project of New Settlement Apartments, in the Southwest Bronx, from 2012-2017. CASA is made up of community members working together to improve the living conditions in the South Bronx and maintain affordable housing through collective action. Under Susanna’s leadership CASA grew from a small base of members to over 4,000, the organizing team grew from 3 to 13, the organization’s capacity grew from working on only tenants’ association issues to developing and leading local and citywide campaigns, guaranteeing concrete changes for tenants across the city such as the Right to Counsel, and she developed a strong leadership development program for members, a political education and organizing training program for staff as well as a vibrant grassroots fundraising model. Susanna has 10 years of tenant and labor organizing experience. Before organizing, Susanna worked to advance Women’s Rights in Ecuador, New York City and Kenya. Susanna received her B.A. in English Literature from Columbia University and her M.A. in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from the SIT Graduate Institute.