Activist Training Information

Community Action Training

October 20-22, 2017

Cornerstone Community Room, 705 S. McClelland., Santa Maria

Cost: $50 (Application period now closed)

The Community Action Training (CAT) provides entry-level organizer training to staff and members of community based organizations, worker center organizations, and other nonprofits, as well as individuals through field work, role plays, and discussions. During this high-intensity three-day training, CAT participants debate approaches to social change, learn how to door-knock and/or other forms of contact work as a tool for recruiting and mobilizing constituents, participate in campaign development and actions, grassroots fundraising techniques, and learn to appreciate the legacy of organizing in communities of color and its relevance in today’s fight for social justice.

Topics for the 3-day Community Action Training include:

• Leadership Development • Approaches to Social Change
• Campaign Strategy • Direct Action Principles
• Doorknocking Skills


The 3-day schedule is: Friday, October 20, 2PM – 8PM; Saturday, October 21, 9AM -5PM; Sunday, October 22, 9AM – 5PM.

In addition to the training, participating organizations will be assigned a coach to provide up to ten hours of consultation in the months after the training. Coaching could include campaign planning support (cutting an issue, identifying allies, power mapping, etc.), communication and messaging strategy, action planning around issues, etc.

Interpretation will be provided for participants who speak Spanish.

 Participant Criteria

  • This training is only open to participants who are currently involved with a community organization, either as staff, Board, volunteer, or grassroots leader. This training is not suitable for unaffiliated activists.
  • This is an entry-level course, suitable for both community organizers on staff and grassroots leaders who can put their newly acquired skills to work in policy campaigns. Seasoned organizers might want to consider serving instead as coaches to participating groups. Contact Eric Cardenas, for coaching information.
  • Each community group can send up to two participants.


For additional inquiries, please contact Claudia Armann at 

We are extremely honored to have the support of the following foundations and organizations in providing these trainings.