Intended Audience:  High School youth chapter members or smaller chapter leadership core. 

For new or emerging High School youth chapters.

Level of difficulty:  Introductory

Curriculum (1 hour each, divided into two 30 min sessions - lunch, or afterschool):

  • To develop confidence in public speaking.
  • To explore and understand the role of a facilitator.
  • To review facilitation tips to run effective meetings.

A short introductory workshop that explores participants’ experience of the economic crisis and the current potential of the 99% to build a movement that directly confronts the root causes of economic injustice.

This training helps participants to think about their organizational work in terms of building a broader movement, using visuals and the metaphor of a bus to develop an understanding of the different components of a social movement. Updated December 2011.

Colorful Mamas of the 99% did a creative family action called Big Bank TIme Out - Colorful Mamas and Children Teach Big Banks to Share!  The action went down on November 4th and we want to share our process and tools with you!  We urge all who identify with the 99% to stand up and take actions to make our world more just and equitable.  We wanted to echo Occupy Wallstreet messages to an audience of families, especially communities of color, as well as show folks a variety of ways to be involved in the movement of the 99% (not only encamping).

This opening activity has participants walk around with a handout, trying to find others who share some similarities and who are different than they. This is then followed by a debrief of the 14 questions to help understand the issues addressed.

How does a village get down?  What's the difference between including LGTBQ, immigrants and people with disabilities and dreaming with, building with, and moving with each other?  In this workshop, we'll explore the dynamics of practicing productive and thoughtful solidarity across identities, experiences, and movements.  We'll create concrete strategies to develop intentional solidarity that sustains community, shares power, and builds coalitions.

This activity starts the conversation about being allies by looking at what it means to be allies to ourselves. It uses a worksheet and then a group brainstorming activity to look at our self-destructive actions, ways we can take care of ourselves, and barriers that we face in doing so.

In this skills-building workshop, participants will explore ways that popular education approaches can support community organizing, and workshop and practice developing popular education curriculum in a collaborative group setting.

In this workshop, we'll share examples, struggles, and strategies that Creative Interventions (CI) used in developing a model for addressing interpersonal violence without relying on state-based or social service approaches.  Drawing from CI's Community-Based Interventions pilot project, we'll explore the context of community accountability from which CI's model developed, think through different ways in which community-based responses to harm and violence have been used and give participants hands-on opportunities to imagine how they might respond to the kinds of violence facing their own communities


In his campaign, President Obama promised to rebuild the economy from the ground up, but how are we going to make sure the recovery results in an equitable economy? The first step is to understand the policies and practices that led to the current financial meltdown. That's why UFE has designed a workshop to help people explore what's gone wrong and what they need to demand to reduce the huge economic divide.
"Bankers, Brokers, Bubbles & Bailouts" uses participatory activities to illustrate and demystify the underlying economic structures and the recent trends that contributed to the current financial crisis. It identifies the steps leading to the housing bubble and its collapse, reviews the impact of the crisis on jobs, families and communities, and explores strategies for building power through a broad-based, democratic, multi-race, multi-class, social movement for economic justice. This workshop is aimed at activists, students, workers - anyone interested in helping our towns, states, and nation construct an economy that is more equitable for everyone.
Workshop Goals:
Explore the roots of the economic crisis.
Review the trends & events that created the housing bubble and its collapse.
See who wins and who loses as a result of the bailouts.
Identify strategies to build a social movement for economic fairness.
Name specific policy & rule changes that will reduce inequality.