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To date, 277 participants and 684 programs have completed the ALC!
What is the Advocacy Learning Center?
Whether we work with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, trafficking or stalking, advocates share the same vision: an end to gender-based violence.
Praxis’s Advocacy Learning Center (ALC) shares this vision. The goal of the Advocacy Learning Center is to strengthen the core activities used by advocates working to end all forms of gender-based violence.
The ALC provides a rare opportunity for advocates to come together, connect, and learn from each other.
The ALC reshapes and revitalizes advocacy programs with the short-term goal of improving our response to the women and survivors who turn to us for help, and the long-term goal of ending gender-based violence.
Class T of the Advocacy Learning Center is an 14-month experiential, virtual course created to examine the vision, identify the principles, expand the knowledge, and practice the skills that make advocacy a powerful force in the gender-based violence movement.
Working with other advocates, participants develop new ways to define and structure advocacy, from engaging and working with survivors to strategizing and acting to change systems and community responses.
The ALC curriculum presents conceptual frameworks and theoretical foundations that can strengthen the application of advocacy in any setting.
The Advocacy Learning Center curriculum includes 3 content components:
1. Advocacy Frameworks
2. Advocacy Foundations
3. Advocacy Applied
Who is it for?
Teams of 2-3 advocates from independent, community-based advocacy organizations, tribal advocacy programs, campus programs or transitional housing programs receiving funds from the federal Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) as well as community-based advocacy partners of OVW-funded projects and sub-grantees of state STOP funds. Advocates working in government-based victim assistance programs may be selected by a local advocacy program to participate on their program’s team, e.g. prosecution or law enforcement victim assistants. A limited number of non-grantee advocacy programs may also be selected. We also reserve a limited number of spaces for tribal, state, territory and national coalitions and groups that are OVW-funded.
OVW grant programs include:
Not sure if this describes your program? Contact us. We’ll help you determine whether the Advocacy Learning Center fits your organization.
Here is a list of ALC program graduates from around the country:
Program teams including both management and front-line staff will move through the virtual course together in a class. These team members then work with their organization’s staff, volunteers, and board members to consider and try new ways of doing advocacy
The virtual course and all materials are free. A strong internet connection is necessary, as well as a webcam. You will contribute staff time. Limited subsidies may be available for any minimal costs that arise, such as purchasing necessary technology. Show More
Once selected for the Advocacy Learning Center, we will discuss any subsidy needs you may have, and we will work with you to determine if federal Office on Violence Against Women set-aside training funds are available to cover your expenses. We ask programs to use OVW set-aside training funds whenever possible so the Learning Center can also be available to advocacy programs who do not receive OVW funds.
We do not want costs to prevent any advocacy program from applying. Contact us with any questions you may have about costs.
For more information about costs see What is Required webpage.
Your team will need to participate in all of the following:
We value making the Advocacy Learning Center accessible to all participants and will strive to ensure that our virtual trainings are as accessible as possible.
Upon selection, team members will be asked to complete an accessibility survey to determine your specific accessibility needs. We will make every effort to offer an environment that allows you to fully participate in Advocacy Learning Center activities. For example, ASL and other spoken language interpreters will be made available upon request. We will seek to provide closed captioning, supply braille and large-print materials and address other needs upon request.
We’re happy to talk with advocacy programs about this opportunity. Call Praxis at 651-699-8000 ext. 1600, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is supported by grant #2015-TA-AX-K004 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.