Community action training

intro to organizing

intro to organizing

Community Action Training (CAT) is a multi-day day intro to organizing training designed for organizers, activists and community leaders. Participants are energized and challenged during the weekend training that encourages folks to use the time and space to build relationships as we deepen our work in this current political moment. Topics include outreach, campaign strategy, direct action, grassroots fundraising and history of organizing. CAT’s are year-round and occur across the country.

CAT is a prerequisite for our summer Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP). MAAP is an 8-week intensive program that offers a unique opportunity for aspiring BIPOC organizers to learn the nuts and bolts of organizing and what it means to organize through a racial justice lens and build power that shifts the conditions in our communities. Click here for more information about MAAP.

What You Learn:

Spring 2023 Training DATES

In Person Trainings – All in person trainings are held from 9:30am -4:30pm local time. Breakfast and lunch are included and registration is on a sliding scale from $50-$125, with scholarships available for those unable to pay. Due to COVID-19, masks are required for this in-person event.

  • San Francisco, CA–April 1 & 2

Hosted by the Young Women’s Freedom Center & 5 Elements

Virtual Trainings – For our Virtual Training sessions, we will be hosting a two-part series that will dive deep into outreach, campaign strategy, and the history of organizing. The expectation for the virtual series is to be present and commit to attending both days to get the full benefits of the training. Registration is on a sliding scale from $25-$75, with scholarships available for those unable to pay.

  • April 25 & April 26– 10:00 am-2:00 pm PST/1:00 pm-5:00 pm ET
  • May 3 & May 4– 10:00 am-2:00 pm PST/1:00 pm-5:00 pm ET

For scholarship opportunities, please email our Alumni Network and Program Coordinator at