Overview

The ACLU Summer Institute will bring together a diverse group of students to participate in a firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates. Students will learn directly from lawyers, lobbyists and community activists working to defend civil rights and liberties critical to a free and open society. 

The Summer Institute is a civil liberties education and advocacy training program that will take place in Washington, DC, July 18-25. In classroom sessions, lectures, and daily debates, students will explore the complex nature of defending and advancing civil liberties as well as examine the importance of these freedoms in our current society. Students will be immersed in the real world of political and legal decision making in Washington, D.C., meeting with elected officials and/or congressional staff and community organizers as well as participating in workshops with civil rights pioneers and other current youth activists. Students will come togther from across the country for an intensive week-long program that includes:

  • Workshops on how to build effective advocacy strategies for every community
  • A lobby day on Capitol Hill to discuss legislation and public policy
  • Events in and around Washington, D.C., including the National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • Lectures and seminars from a wide array of civil liberties and political experts and practitioners

Students will build expertise and knowledge in advocacy and grassroots activism to successfully mobilize around social and political justice and participate fully in debate, developing successful media and social networking strategies, and observe policy development on Capitol Hill. 

Cost and Session Information

The ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute will run from Wednesday, July 18 through Wednesday, July 25, 2018. A tuition fee of $2,895 per student covers all experiential learning activities, off-campus social events, hotel accommodations, and all student meals. The ACLU has generous scholarships for families that qualify for financial aid.

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