BOLD 2022 COURSES

Our 2022 program

BOLD is a commitment to a powerful and coordinated Black Left.  Our 2022 course offerings aim to fulfil this  commitment by offering training in three domains: political education, transformative organizing and embodied leadership. BOLD courses also build a community of practice among Black Left organizers committed to courageously and consistently taking responsibility for achieving a collective vision of liberation, even in the face of uncertain and changing conditions.

Upcoming Course applications

AMANDLA ORGANIZER TRAININGS

Every campaign for specific objectives can only heighten the political consciousness of African-Americans. There is no use deceiving ourselves, good education, housing and jobs, are imperatives for power.
                                                                                       
                                                                                           -Malcolm X

Amandla Praxis

Amandla Praxis is the BOLD advanced organizing training course that builds on and is the follow up to Amandla Fundamentals. During Praxis, participants are “live” on a concrete campaign hosted by a BOLD organization and add critical capacity to the group’s organizing drive, while also building their own skills, and participating in classroom training that deepens their understanding of campaign work.

In this two-week course, we teach participants to:

  • Participate effectively in an organizing campaign:
  • Contribute powerfully to designing and implementing an organizing campaign, and more accurately measure its impact; and
  • Build on and deepen relationships with other Black organizers in the context of shared work. 

Who Should Apply: Applicants should have completed Amandla Fundamentals or a Director-Level course. Applicants must attend BOTH weeks.

Course Dates: Sept 12-16 and Sept 19-23, 2022 (Travel day is Monday and departure time is Friday after 3 PM EST. )

Location: TBD

Tuition: $1,500 plus organizations are responsible for covering applicant transportation costs. *Sliding scale and Scholarships are available.

Application Period: May 12-June 12, 2022

Amandla FUNDAMENTALS

Amandla Fundamentals focuses on foundational organizing skills including base-building and leadership development, and exposes participants to core practices from the Black transformative organizing tradition as well as to an embodied approach to learning and developing their skills. The backbone of the course is Transformative Organizing (TO), which seeks to integrate personal transformation and transformation of our relationships into our fight for Black liberation, radical social change, and a just society.

In this two-week course, we teach participants to:

  • Practice the art and science of Black Organizing with greater understanding, commitment and effectiveness;
  • Recognize what motivates them to organize and how to use that motivation as fuel to drive their organizing work and connect them deeply to others;
  • Assess their organizing with greater accuracy and identify at least one major competency that they are excited–and committed–to increasing;
  • Contribute to building and sustaining powerful teams, whether as team lead or as a member; and
  • Integrate the theory and practice of Transformative Organizing in their work.

Who Should Apply: Applicants should be new Black organizers and/or organizers, at Black / Black-Led organizing formation or a multiracial organization with significant Black leadership in its staff and in its membership, who have not had the opportunity to experience training on the fundamental art and science of organizing through the Black Radical Tradition. Applicants must be able to attend BOTH October and November dates. Priority will be given to organizations whose Director / Executive Director is a BOLD Alumni.

Course Dates: Oct 17-21 AND Nov 14-18, 2022 (Travel day is Monday and departure time is Friday after 3 PM EST. )

Location: Franklinton Center at Bricks, Whitakers NC

Tuition: $1,500 plus organizations are responsible for covering applicant transportation costs. *Sliding scale and Scholarships are available.

Application Period: June 17-July 17, 2022

DIRECTORS AND LEADS TRAININGS

Leadership is an embodiment of an ideal. A movement is only as good as its organizers.
-Kwame Ture

This course builds the leadership embodiment, sharpens the political clarity, and enhances the organizing effectiveness of Directors, and Lead Organizers for the sake of strengthening their organizations.

The sixteen-week course includes:

  • 4 In-Person Training Retreats (featuring individual and collective transformative practice; political education; on core issues)
  • Mentoring/coaching and technical assistance
  • Readings, case studies and conference calls
  • Webinar lessons supporting course content
  • Bodywork and somatic coaching

Who Should Apply: Applicants should be a Black Executive Director, Director or Lead Organizer at Black / Black-Led organizing formation or a multiracial organization with significant Black leadership in its staff and in its membership

Course Dates: April 11-15th; May 9-13th; June 6-10th; July 11-15th. Travel day is Monday and departure time is Friday after 3 PM EST. You must be able to attend all 4 retreats.

Location: Franklinton Center at Bricks, Whitakers NC

Tuition: $5,000 plus organizations are responsible for covering applicant transportation costs. *Sliding scale and Scholarships are available.

Application Period: December 11th, 2021-Jan 7th, 2022