Considering applying to the Advocacy Learning Center?
To date, 308 programs and 835 participants have joined the ALC!
What is the Advocacy Learning Center?
Whether we work with survivors of sexual assault or battering, with trafficked or prostituted women, advocates share the same vision: An end to violence against women.
The goal of the Advocacy Learning Center is to strengthen the core activities, skills, principles, and knowledge used by advocates working in all areas of violence against women.
This will be a rare opportunity for us to come together, connect, and learn from each other.
We will reshape and revitalize our 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 violence against women.
The Advocacy Learning Center is an 18-month experiential course created to examine the vision, identify the principles and knowledge, and practice the skills and qualities that make advocacy a powerful force in the movement to end violence against women.
Working with other advocates, you will 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 Learning Center curriculum presents conceptual frameworks and theoretical foundations that can strengthen the application of advocacy in any setting.
The Learning Center curriculum includes 3 content components:
1. Advocacy Frameworks
These conceptual frameworks are useful in defining and structuring all advocacy efforts to end violence against women.
2. Advocacy Foundations
This component presents theories and philosophical approaches fundamental to ending violence against women. Learners will examine the scope of the problem, place advocacy in a historical and global context, and connect the everyday practices of advocacy to the wider movement to end violence against women and to other social change movements.
3. Advocacy Applied
Front-line advocates will acquire transferable skills and develop qualities necessary to apply the knowledge, principles, and tools they are gaining through the Advocacy Learning Center. Participating program managers and directors will consider how to restructure and change operations in their organizations to support front-line staff as they apply the knowledge, frameworks, and new advocacy skills they have learned.
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 Learning Center fits your organization.
Program teams including both management and front-line staff (about 40 individuals) will move through the course together in a class. These team members then work with their local staff, volunteers, and board members at your local organization to consider and try new ways of doing advocacy
The course and all materials are free. There will be minimal costs for long-distance phone calls for audio conferences, and an Internet connection is necessary for webinars. You will contribute staff time and your team will need funds for travel by air to 3 events over 18-months, though OVW training funds may be used or subsidies are available. Show More
All grantees of the federal Office on Violence Against Women are given training and technical assistance funds when they receive an award. These funds are intended to be set aside for grantees and their project partners to attend OVW-sponsored training such as the Advocacy Learning Center. Your program may receive OVW funds directly, you may be a project partner on an OVW-funded project, or you may be a sub-grantee of an OVW STOP award that goes to your state.
Once selected for the Advocacy Learning Center, we will discuss any subsidy needs you may have for travel expenses for your team, and we will work with you to determine if federal Office on Violence Against Women set-aside training funds are available. 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.
If sufficient funds are not available, OVW will subsidize travel for your team. Subsidies will also be available to a limited number of advocacy programs that are not OVW-funded.
We do not want costs to prevent any advocacy program from applying. Contact us with any questions you may have about costs.
Not sure if you are a project partner on a federal OVW grant or if you have access to travel funds? We can help you figure this out. Call 651-699-8000651-699-8000, ext. 16, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your team needs to participate in all of the following:
For more detail, see What is Required
*Schedule is subject to change per availability of federal funds
We value making the Advocacy Learning Center accessible to all participants and will strive to ensure that our training events and other course components 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 Learning Center activities. For example, sign language interpreters will be made available, upon request, for the meeting times during training events. We will seek to provide accessible lodging facilities, arrange to accommodate personal care attendants, supply braille and large-print materials, and address dietary and 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: email@example.com.
This project is supported by grant #2017-TA-AX-K016 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.