Sunday, July 28 - Friday, August 2, 2019

The ACLU Advanced Advocacy Program will prepare college-aged students (ages 18-24) for lifelong engagement in grassroots organizing, policy development, and legal advocacy. This week-long program in Washington, DC is designed to engage Institute alumni, as well as other college students, to bring their advocacy skills and passion for campus organizing to the next level. Students will enhance their knowledge of civil liberties and social justice issues, as well as learn about internships and professional opportunities in public policy, law, communications, and social impact work to help them prepare for a career in the law and public service.

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The ACLU Advanced Advocacy Program will prepare college-aged students for lifelong engagement in grassroots organizing, policy development, and legal advocacy. This week-long program in Washington, DC is designed to engage Institute alumni, as well as other college students, to bring their advocacy skills and passion for campus organizing to the next level. Students will enhance their knowledge of civil liberties and social justice issues, as well as learn about internships and professional opportunities in public policy, law, communications, and social impact work to help them prepare for a career in the law and public service.

 Key program elements will include:

  • Electives that examine the successes and struggles of local, state-wide, and national campaigns.
  • Grassroots workshops to build skills including community and power mapping; coalition building; public speaking; and techniques for converting an online presence into real-world change.
  • Seminars that explore issues of social justice and civil liberties that are currently playing out on college campuses.
  • Building connections with other young activists in your college or community and develop coordinated strategies to address local and regional concerns.
  • Internship and Career Networking designed to expose students to career opportunities in law, communications, public policy, human rights, and graduate work around organizing and advocacy.
  • Exposure to Capitol Hill, policy-making institutions, and key historic sites in the Washington, D.C. area.

Sunday, July 28 - Friday, August 2, 2019
Washington, D.C.

ACLU Institute alumni and all college-aged students (18-24) are welcome to apply. Students must be at least 18 years old at the time of the program and entering or returning to college in the fall of 2019.

The ACLU Advanced Advocacy Program is looking for students who demonstrate a keen interest in civil liberties issues and social justice advocacy. Students are not required to have previous familiarity with civil liberties issues or advocacy methodologies (and those students who are already deeply immersed in civil liberties issues/advocacy will have a unique opportunity to deepen their skill-set and expand their organizing network).

Students are required to complete the following requirements before the application deadline for the admissions committee to consider the student for the program.

1. Submit a completed online application
2. Submit a letter of recommendation  

The admissions process for the program is built around three application deadlines: Early Decision, Priority Decision, and Regular Decision. Preference will be given to students who submit their applications during the Early Decision and Priority Decision deadlines. Students will hear from the admissions committee within three weeks of the deadline. Once students are accepted, they will be required to submit a complete a registration form and a non-refundable deposit approximately two weeks after notification of the admissions decision (students receiving scholarships must complete the enrollment form within this two week period).  

Deadline: June 26; students will be notified by July 3.

The ACLU is committed to providing scholarship opportunities for students who qualify based on family income. Full and partial scholarships will be available.

Financial aid awards are based on need. Students must apply for Financial Aid at the same time as the Program Application. Students will receive their program admissions decision and financial aid decision at the same time.

Please complete the separate financial aid application and include your application number.

A tuition fee of $2,300 per student covers all experiential learning activities, lodging, off-campus social events, and student meals. Transportation costs are not included in this program’s tuition.

Transportation to and from Washington, D.C., can be arranged by our partner organization, The Close Up Foundation, for an additional cost. Information regarding travel arrangements can be found in the Transportation section of the FAQs.

Our full FAQ can be found here.

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