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The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Advocacy Institute in Alabama is an annual training program designed to help provide practical, hands-on experience and training in the field of policy and advocacy. This application is for participants who will be taught how to organize to bring positive change at the local level, how to forge coalitions and uplift communities and how to advance policy initiatives to improve the lives of people across Alabama.

Applicants must be Alabama residents. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. CT, Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Notice of acceptance will be sent on May 15, 2024.

Time commitment for participants:

• All selected cohort members will be required to attend all in-person trainings and three virtual sessions, once per month.
• In-person trainings will be held on June 20-21; July 18-20; Aug. 15-17; and Sept. 19-21.
• The virtual sessions will be 90 minutes and held on the 2nd Saturday of each month (July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 7).

What communities are you a part of and how do you define your community/communities? (Specify the work you would want to focus on in the Advocacy Institute. This can be Alabama as a whole, your city, your neighborhood, your ethnic or racial group, your religious group, etc.)
Have you ever been involved in the justice or penal system?
Are you currently eligible to vote?
Are you registered to vote?
Have you ever voted?
Which of the following would you be most interested in building an advocacy campaign around:
How do you advocate for what you believe in within Alabama?
Do you have any experience being a community organizer?
Why are you applying to participate in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Alabama Advocacy Institute?
Thinking about your community(ies), what is one project you would most like to implement that you believe would bring about necessary change?
Are you able to fully participate in the program as outlined above?
If no, please explain.
Are you in need of any special accommodations? (For example: ADA accessibility, child care, etc.)
If yes, please explain.
How did you hear about us?
Is there anything we didn’t ask that you want us to know?