IGNITE & PERIOD. Organizing Academy: Activate Your Advocacy Bootcamp

Activate your advocacy this fall! (Registration closed) 

Are you passionate about making a difference in your community? IGNITE and PERIOD. are excited to present the IGNITE & PERIOD. Organizing Academy: Activate Your Advocacy Bootcamp! This free and fully virtual bootcamp will provide you with the tools and resources to become a powerful changemaker and community leader. 

By attending this bootcamp, you will: 

  • Learn the ins and outs of the legislative process 
  • Build a network of politically ambitious individuals 
  • Discover how to turn your idea into action 
  • Gain mentorship as you launch your policy career 

Join us for multiple courses ranging from organizing tactics to messaging and communications. At the end of this bootcamp, IGNITE will assist in matching you with an internship with a legislator. You will also receive an official certificate of completion if you attend all courses and pass the skills assessment for each course. 

Bootcamp courses: 

All courses will take place from 10 AM - 12 PM PT/12 PM - 2 PM CT/1 - 3 PM ET

  • October 8: Building a Gender Justice Movement that Outlasts Us - Part 1 (view recording
  • October 12: Building a Gender Justice Movement that Outlasts Us - Part 2  
  • October 29: Mobilizing and Organizing Tactics
  • November 5: Writing a Policy and Understanding the Political Process
  • November 12: How to Advocate for Your Policy, Campaign Communication, and Navigating Politics 
  • November 19: Strategic Considerations, Policy Implementation and Evaluation, Closing  

Course descriptions are available below. 

Note: Though this program will focus on advancing menstrual equity in the United States, the tools and expertise provided can be used across social justice and political spaces nationwide.

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Activate your Advocacy Bootcamp courses 

All courses will take place from 10 AM - 12 PM PT/12 PM - 2 PM CT/1 - 3 PM ET

October 8 and October 12: Building a Gender Justice Movement that Outlasts Us - Part 1 (view recording) and 2 (register

What does successful gender justice movement building look like? Building a movement is sometimes inhibited by the lack of a viable theory of change, short-term thinking, or the failure to understand how oppression is fueled by moral licensing. Join us to discuss how past social movements can assist in reframing our perspectives to avoid common pitfalls in building a successful movement. Let's get comfortable with "failure," and proceed with a better understanding that plants us in a seven-generation movement-building framework to build a gender justice movement that will outlast this generation. 

October 29: Mobilizing and Organizing Tactics

Strategic organizing plays a key role in addressing community issues and furthering legislative solutions. In this course, we’ll provide you with the necessary tools to think critically and take the action required to effectively organize in your community. You’ll also create a Field and Digital community action plan that will help you target audiences/decision makers, engage stakeholders and fundraise. 

November 5: Writing a Policy and Understanding the Political Process

In this course, you’ll learn how to develop your problem statement into a policy and gain insight into the political process. We’ll also share an overview of community advocacy strategies that will help you advocate for your bill more effectively. 

November 12: How to Advocate for Your Policy, Campaign Communication, and Navigating Politics 

Join us as we dive deeper into the different ways you can advocate for your policy and get a bill passed. You’ll learn what a policy brief is and the role it plays in legislative advocacy. We’ll also discuss the importance of a communications and media strategy, and provide you with the tools to create a basic communications strategy for your policy. 

November 19: Strategic Considerations, Policy Implementation and Evaluation, Closing  

In this course, learn how you can develop basic policy alternatives for situations where your policy might be cut. You’ll also discover what happens after a bill is passed., what next steps to take and gain an overview of policy implementation/evaluation. At the end, we’ll identify ways for you to stay connected with your cohort.