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