Action Circles Academy Series

Learn how to use advocacy to build your organization’s strength, capacity, and success!

Join us for a six-course Academy Series on the Action Circles Model of Organizing! Participants will learn how to apply the Action Circles model to:

  • Build broad and deep leadership to increase your organization’s capacity and strength
  • Develop a compelling message and change the story about your issue
  • Identify and engage activists and supporters at all levels, offering meaningful ways to participate that are effective and accessible

This Academy Series is a professional development opportunity for advocates, activists, and anyone interested in building leadership and support within their organization or for a Campaign. There will be some assignments throughout, but no more than 2 hours’ worth of work between classes for the classes with assignments. The Action Circles Model of Organizing is tested and effective. In addition to learning the ins and outs of our organizing model, this series is a peer-to-peer learning experience where folks are encouraged to share thoughts, ask questions, and share their own experiences to learn from each other. 

When & Where
All classes are 4 pm – 6:30 pm Wednesdays at the Action Circles Office. The specific class dates and address are below. The Action Circles Academy Series is limited to 8 participants. NOTE: some classes have only one week in between while others have two weeks between. 

Class schedule at a glance:
Class 1 (October 19th) – Backstories Activity & Action Circles Principles of Organizing 
Class 2 (October 26th) – Write Your Happy Ending & Conduct a Current Story Analysis for your Issue
Class 3 (November 9th) – The Action CIRCLES Model of Organizing
Class 4 (November 16th) – Practice Your Organization’s Invite-Support-Feedback Communications Loop & Conduct a Hopes-Fears-Priorities Analysis
Class 5 (November 30th) – Conduct a Power Analysis & Build a Platform
Class 6 (December 14th) – Plan Fun Events & Engage Key Players in a Campaign

Location – this class is IN PERSON only:
Action Circles Office
149 State St, Ste 8M, Montpelier, VT 05602

Class Agreements 
We ask that all participants of the Action Circles Academy Series agree to the following:

  • Attend all six classes in-person
  • Participate fully in each activity & class
  • Hold confidential any information shared about participating individuals or organizations 
  • No live streaming or recording of classes (photos shared on social media are ok, as long as all agree to that!)
  • Offer your experience and insight to make the class richer for everyone 

Sign Up Today!

Sign up for the 2022 Action Circles Academy Series with the registration form below. 

The program cost of $600 includes all materials (in both paper and PDF format), six in-person classes, and three “reviews” sent after the 6 sessions are finished. 

The Academy is limited to 8 people, so be sure to register today! Registration will close once the max capacity is reached. Participants must be either fully vaccinated or masked. 

Scholarship Available for the 2022 Action Circles Academy Series! We are pleased to share that the Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club has offered to cover the cost of registration for one individual to attend the 2022 Academy Series. One of the goals of the Action Circles Model of Organizing is to “build solidarity among people who are oppressed or are suffering an injustice”. In order to help advance that goal, this scholarship is reserved for a Vermonter who represents a historically underserved community. If you or someone you know is interested in taking advantage of this sponsorship opportunity, please contact

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