Overview

The ACLU Advocacy Institute Virtual Program will bring high school students together to participate in a unique learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates. With ACLU lawyers and activists, students will examine the success and struggles of the most important national and state-wide advocacy campaigns.

Students from across the country will participate in a unique learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates, July 20-24th. The National Advocacy Institute will provide students with substantive experiential learning opportunities that help them hone in their skills as issue-focused campaigners and take it to the next level.  

Through an exciting interactive platform and online curriculum, students will be given a rare experience to hear from and speak directly with ACLU lawyers, lobbyists, community activists, and policy experts working to defend the civil rights and civil liberties critical to a free and open society. Through panel discussions, lectures, and policy debates, students will explore the complex nature of issue advocacy, legal strategy, and real world political decision making.

Key program elements will include:

Electives covering the ACLU’s wide array of issue areas, taught by communications experts, lawyers, policy advocates, and other professional organizing staff from the ACLU and partner organizations.

Daily seminars in small groups to explore social justice and civil liberties issues.

Next Generation Conference to mark the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the ACLU. This one-day event will feature guest speakers from the public sector as well as other nonprofit organizations.

Networking and Life-long connections with other young activists from across the country.

Boosting political knowledge and campaign abilities, learning more about mobilizing issue-based advocacy campaigns, growing a team, identifying a strategy for engaging with policy-makers, and maximizing impact for the issues that drive you.

Each day will feature a variety of interactive gatherings and presentations – including daily small group discussions with your peers led by ACLU staff members, and a space for students to meet with other young activists, to network, learn and work together, and make a difference.

Cost and Session Information

The ACLU Advocacy Virtual Program will take place Monday, July 20 through Friday, July 24, 2020. A tuition fee of $250 per student covers all access to all programming, a small group login, and conference swag.

The ACLU has generous full and partial scholarships for families that qualify.

The total program time will feature more than 30 hours of content, trainings, seminars, and facilitated small group meetings with more than 100 ACLU staff, public sector leaders, and other special guests. All students will receive a certificate of completion, to add this experience to their resumes and college applications.

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