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Advocate Training

Advocates for people with low income are change agents, community organizers, and trusted champions.  Their work is broad, nuanced, and grand — and they cannot do it alone.

We believe that building the skills and capacity of advocates for low-income people will result in bigger, better, and bolder gains for people living in poverty.

The Shriver Center’s Advocate Resources and Training program equips advocates with the specialized training and leadership development they need. Rooted in the Shriver Center’s core values, our training programs are built on four pillars essential to effective advocacy on behalf of low-income people and communities: 

  • Centered on Racial Justice
  • Building Leadership
  • Rooted in the Community
  • Affirmative Advocacy

Let us bring a course to you! In addition to our public programs, the Shriver Center contracts with legal aid and civil rights organizations to offer private trainings that are tailored and customized to meet the particular needs of your organization. We have contracted with nonprofits, legal aid providers, law schools, bar foundations and government agencies to train some 300 advocates from more than 100 organizations across the country. Contact Ellen Hemley at 617.379.3466 to learn more about how we can help build the skills and capacities of your staff.

Training News

We’re Partnering with the Housing Justice Leadership Institute to Support Legal Assistance for Tenants
The Shriver Center is proud to announce its partnership with the New York Law School on the Housing Justice Leadership Institute (HJLI), a customized training program to equip housing rights supervising attorneys in New York City to deliver high-quality legal assistance to tenants under the city’s new right-to-counsel law. The HJLI kicks off in February with a curriculum that was designed and will be delivered by the Shriver Center, grounded in our expertise on racial justice advocacy and supervising for quality and impact.

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