KFTC launches Organizing Academy, apprentice program

Amid a fast-changing political and organizing landscape across Kentucky and the nation, KFTC is launching the Organizing Academy and Organizer Apprentice programs.

The Organizing Academy, starting in June 2017, will be a multi-track leadership and organizing training program and the foundation of KFTC's expanding leadership development strategy.  

In addition, this spring KFTC plans to hire at least six Organizer Apprentices. Apprentices will help expand the reach of KFTC’s community organizing, train new organizers in basic and advanced organizing skills, train emerging grassroots leaders, and grow the capacity of KFTC, allies and other active communities or constituencies during this critical juncture in history.

One track of the Organizing Academy will be an advanced six-month training program for the Organizer Apprentices that develops leadership and organizing skills needed to effect vision-based change. Other tracks will be open to members of the community.

Each Organizer Apprentice will be paired with an Organizer Partner, a member of our organizing staff team. Organizer Partners will coach and provide direction to the apprentice while they work together on a shared body of work.

Organizer Apprentices will learn and practice all aspects of KFTC's approach to change including building a membership base, scaled member engagement, leadership development, strategy and tactics, strategic communications, lobbying, direct action, event organizing, deep canvassing, grassroots fundraising, integrated voter engagement and more – and will share responsibilities for many.

KFTC is launching the Organizer Apprentice and Organizing Academy Programs to expand the reach and impact of its work at this critical moment. The Apprentice Program offers an opportunity for those with a passion for social justice to learn advanced organizing skills while helping make tangible, positive change.