Foundations of Organizing Leadership Institute - Yakima, WA

On Friday, September 22nd and Saturday September 23rd, 2023 from 9am-4 pm, community members from across Yakima are invited to a Foundations of Organizing Leadership Institute, led by IAF (Industrial Areas Foundation) Trainers from the Spokane Alliance and Common Good Missoula. This event is designed to provide folks with the necessary skills and knowledge to become effective community leaders and understand the basics of broad-based community organizing.

This training is interactive and engaging, with opportunities to practice telling stories, building relationships, and negotiating. Participants will have the chance to engage with experienced community organizers and learn from their expertise. They will learn how to build relationships, analyze power dynamics, identify key issues, and create effective action plans and more.

Overall, this two-day institute equips community members with the skills and knowledge to understand the importance of the role of civic society in a healthy local democracy. This training provides content based on the philosophy and practices developed by the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) in 80 years of organizing experience. The topics include:

  • Why organize? – Examine the history, traditions, and values of our labor, faith, community, and educational organizations.
  • Fundamental organizing skills – Learn tools to conduct individual relational meetings, listening sessions, research, negotiations, and action to help obtain a concrete, winnable outcome.
  • Strengthening our institutions – Engage people systematically in a culture that is relational, action-oriented, and reflective.
  • Problems vs. issues – Focus from general problems to concrete, winnable issues by using relational power in the public arena to negotiate for the common good.



Friday, September 22nd &
Saturday, September 23rd

9AM - 4PM

Henry Beauchamp Community Center, MLK Jr Room,

1211 S 7th St

Yakima, WA 98901



Cost $40 (Scholarships available upon request, contact Rev. David Hacker at [email protected])

Checks should be made payable to Between the Ridges and sent to 5 S Naches Ave, Yakima WA 98901.   

Credit Card payments via PayPal at Between the Ridges

The training will be capped. Once we reach that cap, you'll be placed on a waitlist.


* Lunch provided both days. Food allergies?  Send note to [email protected]


Special Thanks to Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of Yakima for their sponsorship of this event.

September 22, 2023 at 9:00am - 4pm
Henry Beauchamp Community Center, MLK Jr Room
1211 S 7th St
Yakima, WA 98901
United States
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