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Comments from past trainings:

"This has changed us so dramatically in every discussion, everything we have done and now will be doing." 
definitely gives a new way to examine systems and the way in which we do advocacy."
"The ALC combines key concepts critical to victim services and systems advocacy that are not available anywhere else."
"I wish I could re-do my last five years of advocacy.”

Advocacy Learning Center

Welcome all advocates!

Advocacy Learning Center logo; painting of three women holding up the world
We gratefully acknowledge Mali Kouanchao for original artwork that speaks to the power of advocacy
as a force for change for women and children all over the world.

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.

What is the Advocacy Learning Center?
How will it work?
Who is it for?
What about the cost?
What about accessibility?
Interested? Let's talk

 What is the Advocacy Learning Center? 

Image of a woman from ALC paintingThe 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.

If you are a front-line advocate, crisis counselor or program manager/director of an independent, community-based advocacy organization, tribal advocacy program or campus program, funded by the federal Office on Violence Against Women, the Learning Center is designed for you and your program. We also welcome the participation of OVW-funded tribal, state, and national coalitions and groups that play a critical role in supporting advocacy programs.

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.

See the PDF IconALC flyer and Course Schedule

 How will it work?

Program teams including both management and front-line staff (about 40 individuals) will move through the course together in a class. Members of each class will participate in the course activities as well as work with other staff, volunteers, and board members at your local organization to consider and try new ways of doing advocacy.

Over the 18-month course you will complete/participate in

  • 2 introductory webinar sessions in the first month
  • 3 in-person events
    • 4-day immersion training on individual advocacy
    • 3-day training on institutional advocacy
    • 2-day training on community advocacy
  • 1 site visit to a model social change organization for 1 team member
  • Monthly webinar strategy sessions 
  • Bi-monthly audio conference affinity discussions
  • Quarterly webinar keynote lectures
  • 2 self-study courses
    • E-learning course (online)
    • Workbook and DVDs
  • Graduation webinar
  • Readings (articles)

Download the complete Course Schedule

 Who is it for?

Advocacy Learning Center logo image of individual womanTeams from independent, community-based advocacy organizations, tribal advocacy programs or campus 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. A limited number of spaces will be set-aside for tribal, state and national coalitions and groups that are OVW-funded.

OVW grant programs include:
Abuse in Later Life, Arrest, Campus, Consolidated Youth, Court Training,
Culturally and Linguistically Specific Services Legal Assistance, Disability, Legal Assistance, Rural, Sexual Assault Services (SASP), Tribal SASP, SASP Cultural, State Coalitions, Supervised Visitation, Technical Assistance, Transitional Housing, Tribal Coalitions, Tribal Governments.

Not sure if this describes your program? Contact us. We’ll help you determine whether the Learning Center fits your organization.

 What about the cost?

Advocacy Learning Center logo image of individual womanThe course itself and course materials are free. There will be minimal costs for long-distance phone calls for webinars/audio conferences, and an Internet connection is necessary for webinars.

Participant teams must travel to 3 events involving flights in 18 months. You may use OVW set-aside training funds, or other funds you may have available, for these costs. If sufficient funds are not available, OVW will subsidize travel for your team. Subsidies will also be available for 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.

For more information about costs see What is Required.

 What about accessibility?

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 contacted 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 large-print materials, and address dietary and other needs upon request.

 Interested? Let's talk

We’d love to talk with advocacy programs about this opportunity. Call Praxis at 651-699-8000651-699-8000 ext. 16, or e-mail

This project is supported by grant #2011-TA-AX-K074 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.
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