LWVNJ Activist Training Program

The LWVNJ Activist Training Program is designed to equip members and volunteers with the knowledge and skills needed to carry out dynamic organizing strategies that can effectively influence public policy and the state of democracy in New Jersey.  

Program participants will have the opportunity to hone their skills in three core areas:

Legislative Advocacy
Although ‘lobbying’ is sometimes met with suspicion or negative connotation, it is an essential part of successful advocacy for legislation. Broadly, lobbying is anything we do to convince officials to bring about change. Talking to legislators and making the case for your campaign is necessary to getting legislation passed or developed at any level of government to address the problem your campaign seeks to solve.
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Grassroots Organizing
Grassroots organizing builds community power for a campaign and is critical to advancing any cause. Incorporating grassroots organizing strategies into your advocacy campaign (legislative, educational, or electoral) will bring attention, support, and momentum to your efforts. Build the skills you need to confidently participate in LWVNJ organizing efforts and develop grassroots organizing strategies for your own campaigns.
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Voter Outreach
Voter outreach and voter education are essential to democratic elections. The election process is complicated, hard to find information about, and often very localized. Get Out the Vote is a widely implemented effort focused on increasing voter turnout. Build the skills you need to impactfully participate in Get Out the Vote events. Become an expert in all things GOTV and host your own Get Out the Vote event or build your own campaign. Learn from the League of Women Voters – a leader in voter information, voter registration, and voter outreach.
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2022 Fall Course Schedule
Training Area: Grassroots Organizing
Training Area: Voter Outreach
Action Workshops
Training Area: Legislative Advocacy
Introduction to the Legislative Process
Letter to the Editor Writing
Conducting Lobbying Meetings
Hyperlocal: Understanding Municipal and County Government
Facilitating Community Conversation for Change
Countdown to Election Day: Leave No Voter Behind
Fall 2022 Course Schedule and Descriptions
Legislative Advocacy Courses
Introduction to the Legislative Process (101)  

This training is perfect for anyone who is new to advocating for legislation or any veteran grassroots lobbyist looking for a refresher on how laws are made in the Garden State. Our trainers will provide an overview of the structure and powers of the New Jersey Legislature, explain how bills advance through each chamber, teach you how to research and track legislation, and let you know how you can start lobbying with the League.
Date/Time: October 6, 2022 | 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Location: Zoom
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Conducting Lobbying Meetings (201)

Meeting with legislators and key decision-makers to urge them to take specific action or vote in favor of a bill is an important way that constituents can express their views and influence the legislative process.  

During this training you will learn:  
  • Best practices for scheduling and preparing for a lobbying meeting
  • How to structure an effective and persuasive discussion
  • Tips on how to use the information you learn from your meeting
Date/Time: November 15, 2022 | 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Location: Zoom
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Grassroots Organizing Courses
Hyperlocal: Understanding Municipal and County Government (101)

Most people know that the actions that federal and state governments take can have major implications on the lives of millions of Americans. But what about local government?  

In New Jersey, thousands of municipal and county government officials are responsible for making critical daily decisions and delivering essential services to the communities they serve. Despite the tremendous power that local government has over our daily lives, most people know little to nothing about what it does or how it works.

Join this workshop to learn about the structures and powers of the municipal and county government bodies that are making decisions for your community.
Date/Time: November 21, 2022 | 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Location: Zoom
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Facilitating Community Conversation for Change (201)

In a strong and healthy democracy, communities can come together to identify their common issues and work towards solutions together. But hyperpartisanship and the spread of misinformation has exacerbated distrust and created deep divisions in communities across the country.

In this workshop we’ll explore strategies and best practices for having conversations with the potential to create meaningful relationships and build community power.
Date/Time: December 15, 2022 | 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Location: Zoom
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Voter Outreach Courses
Countdown to Election Day: Leave No Voter Behind (101)  

In the final days leading up to an election, it can be challenging for voters to navigate the process and get all the information they need to vote. But we can all play an important role in supporting and empowering voters.

In this workshop we’ll break down the strategies and resources you can use to Get Out The Vote in your community and make sure that no voter is left behind.
Date/Time: October 17, 2022 | 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Location: Zoom
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Action Workshops
Through a series of Action Workshops, participants can apply skills they have developed by taking action on the League's ongoing advocacy efforts and voter education campaigns. Advocates will play a key role in our state and local campaigns, help promote legislative efforts, and bring local voices to the conversation.
When organizing your community to advocate for an issue you care about it is important to find unique ways to spread your message to different audiences. Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper is a great way to communicate your position and to encourage readers to take action in support of your cause. This training will prepare you to write letters to the editor that are compelling and effective.

During this workshop you’ll learn:
Letter to the Editor Action Workshop
Date/Time: October 12, 2022 | 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Location: Zoom
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You can put those skills to the test immediately by writing a letter in support of one of the critical pieces of legislation that LWVNJ is advocating for this legislative session.

Attendees will be split into breakout groups where they will learn more about and be encouraged to write a letter in support of one of the following bills:

Please contact Assatta Mann at amann@lwvnj.org with any questions regarding the Activist Training Program.