We provide mentorship, training, and strategy consulting work to progressive organizers and groups, new and old.
We periodically provide free public trainings on organizing skills and strategy, as well as run an intensive fellowship program to train new activists to become more skilled organizers. Our fellows have gone on to organize around issues including healthcare, protection of scientific education, and immigration.
Read more about each of our core programs below. We are currently based in the DC area, with more locations to come.
Since the 2016 election, Rising Organizers (formerly known as Good Guys DC) has trained over 1,300 new activists. Our public trainings are not geared or written for specific organizations, but rather for anyone to attend. These trainings are designed to provide new and developing organizers with the skills they need to be effective political actors. Trainings vary in content from basic strategy, storytelling, how to have strategic one-on-one conversations, and how to identify and focus on the issues most important to you.
For information about our public trainings, please follow our Eventbrite page or sign up for our listerv. Trainings will be added as space becomes available. If there is a public training you’d like to request, please contact us.
Mentorship for Existing Organizations
Rising Organizers provides training, strategic support, consulting, and individual and group mentorship to existing organizations. We work with “resistance” organizations that are new to organizing but are capitalizing on the groundswell of activism following the 2016 election. We also work with organizations that are expanding their organizing work, or pivoting their existing infrastructure to create a broader organizing infrastructure. In addition to our pre-existing curriculum, we also have the ability and interest in writing new trainings for the needs of specific organizations.
In addition to our training modules, our mentorship program can provide leadership development and holistic strategic advice. If you are part of a group that is interested in these services, please contact us and provide as many details about your group and what you are looking for as possible. It’s not necessary for you to know exactly what you need before contacting us -- it’s our job to help you figure it out.
Rising Organizers Fellowship
Rising Organizers’ free fellowship program brings together 10 - 15 rising organizers from the DC/MD/VA area for an 8-session program, which meets every two weeks over a 16-week period. The fellowship is designed to allow rising progressive organizers to develop skills and strategies that will allow them to develop their own organizing projects. The fellowship culminates with presentations on strategic plans and actions for these projects. In addition, fellows who participate in the program will create a new community of fellow organizers, who will have access to fellowship-specific trainings following the fellowship period.