Advocates College applications are now being accepted for our three-day sessions of Advocates College. Our sessions give you a quick glance into the research on communication and understanding. You’ll learn about bringing values to the forefront of your communication, honing in on the essential elements of a message, and some practice with media interviews and challenging conversations.

We have long understood the importance of speaking about the values that shape and inform our work. How people hear us is as much a key to successful communication as the accuracy of our facts and figures. Join us for a three-day version of Advocates College. This version is for you if you are ready for a taste of the cognitive science behind Advocates College, and need housing or asset building messages that are ready to use.

Applications are due by Wednesday, September 15th. Tuition for the series is $1,200. Scholarships are available to organizations with limited budgets.

Sessions will be held in Portland. Dates and times are:

Day One          Wednesday October 10th, 9 am to 4 pm

Day Two          Wednesday November 14th, 10 am to 3 pm

Day Three       Thursday November 15th, 10 am to 3 pm

Read full description of Advocates College - Round Eight here.

If you have any questions, please contact Alison at or 503-226-3001 x 110.

In Neighborhood Partnerships' Advocates College you'll learn:

  • How our minds really work and how you can craft messages that will deeply resonate.
  • What words strike a chord when talking about our public structures.
  • Research behind the most effective ways to discuss the economy, inequality and race.
  • How you can use these principles in legislative and media settings.
  • How you can be on the fast track to furthering your issues and mission in the legislature.

My experience at the Advocate’s College has profoundly changed the way I communicate on a professional and personal level. Since participating in the training, I feel much more prepared to provide public testimony on matters of interest for our organization and the people we serve. In fact, I have been complimented a few times by representatives and meeting participants on the quality and impact of our testimonies. I have also noticed a change in how I talk to those in my personal circles, such as family and friends; I have no doubt that the skills developed through these training have improved the way I discuss complicated issues with those I love.

Clarice Amorim Freitas, Coordinator, Linn Benton Health Equity Alliance, a program of Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services

The Advocates College gave me valuable tools and practice in strengthening my media and communications skills.  I regularly use the tools and tips I learned at Advocacy College when communicating with both media and legislators. I found the on-camera practice session particularly helpful. It increased my confidence in responding to reporter questions and delivering my key messages in interviews.

Kate Newhall, Policy Director, Family Forward Action & Family Forward Oregon