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Regional Advocacy and Organizing Training
Research Study

Working with researchers from the Pitt School of Social Work, Equitable and Just Greater Pittsburgh is hosting a Regional Advocacy and Organizing Training and Research Study! This project is funded by the AmeriCorps National Service and Civic Engagement Research Project to work with residents to increase civic engagement around equity and equitable development issues. 

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Goals

Working with our Steering Committee, we developed the following goals:

  • Develop new leaders who can advocate for their communities and connect their communities with issue advocates and resources

  • Connect participants to wider-scale equity and justice conversations, advocates, and resources. 

  • Connect participants with residents from other communities.

  • Change and improve policies, practices, or programs related to equity, justice, and equitable development that affect communities across Allegheny County.  

  • Lift up participants’ and community groups’ existing work

Structure: What will participants be asked to do?

This project has two main parts:

  1. Advocacy and organizing training sessions: Participants will attend training sessions to learn about the importance of community advocacy, some core organizing skills, the Allegheny County political landscape, and various topics, such as affordable housing. Experienced advocates and organizers from the EJGP network will share their wisdom with the participants.

  2. Project implementation: During the training, participants will identify an issue that affects all of their communities. In this part of the project, participants will be asked to work together to improve that issue by advocating for positive changes to policies, programs, or practices.

 

Participants will also be invited to attend EJGP full network and cross-community network meetings during the training and project implementation. 

Who is this for?

We are looking for up to 15 Allegheny County residents who want to become better advocates for their communities and connect with ongoing efforts and other advocates across the county. Participants will be compensated for their participation in the training, project implementation, and related activities; for completing surveys; and for participating in focus groups. The application window has closed for this training research study.

When and where?

Seven Advocacy and Organizing Training sessions will be held weekly between the beginning of August and the end of September. There will be three in-person and four virtual sessions. For in-person sessions, food and childcare will be provided. In-person sessions will be located in different locations throughout the county. Transportation can be supported in coordination with the project team. The training schedule is as followed:

Part 2, the Project Implementation, will follow the training sessions. We will schedule meetings for this part at the end of the training sessions. 

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