Training Leaders


Training Leaders

A Well-Developed Methodology: We teach techniques and methodologies that have worked in rural, urban, suburban, white, Black, Hispanic and working-class communities. Leaders in our network work from a plan that consistently brings results and allows them to move quickly from a loose coalition of neighborhood institutions to a powerful force capable of organizing thousands of people to coalesce and prevail on major issues.

Organizer recruitment Program: Gamaliel has an ongoing program to recruit diverse and professional people to staff its affiliates. Gamaliel prides itself on its record and capacity to attract women and minorities to this profession.

Affiliate Leaders are offered:

National Leadership Training: This seven (7) day residential training event presents the basic concepts and tools needed to be an effective leader. It affords a person the opportunity to reflect on his/her present and future potential roles in the public arena. The method is Socratic. The style is agitational. Several trainings are offered yearly.

Clergy Training: We conduct an annual three (3) day training program conducted by and for affiliate clergy. This training includes tools, concepts and methodologies for becoming effective in balancing the demands of their own institutions with issues of justice and community concerns. It also provides a supportive network of clergy experiencing similar demands.

Advanced Training: A three (3) day program offered once annually to 75 top leaders. This program is designed to challenge and equip leaders to assume major responsibilities within their organizations. Advanced training participants return to their communities equipped to conduct power analyses, cut issues, lead major actions, create a core team or run a major fund raising event.

Ntosake: The word comes from South Africa and means "She who walks with lions and carries her own things." This is a women’s leadership training program conducted by and for women. It is designed to present ideas and concepts for becoming effective and powerful leaders. It also provides a support network for women. The program is designed to help women overcome the internal and external obstacles faced on the journey to becoming powerful and effective leaders.

Local Training: These training programs are conducted twice a year in the local setting of each of Gamaliel’s affiliates. These trainings are usually day-long or weekend sessions. The trainings either introduce new leaders to the basic concepts of organizing or develop, for established leaders, specific skills around outreach, voter registration, power analysis and recruitment.

For the professional network staff

Professional Organizers Retreat: This annual event allows senior organizers to review organizing concepts and tools, hear from invited experts in related fields, and most importantly, affords the opportunity to learn from one another.

Staff Development Sessions: Twice each year all organizers gather to discuss certain key aspects of their work. Topics include cutting metropolitan wide issues, raising and managing funds, recruiting members, developing leaders, etc.

Training of Trainers: This two day program offered annually to organizers enables Gamaliel to develop a skilled and diverse team of trainers.

For clergy, other key leaders, and professional staff of the network

International Leadership Assembly: In December of each year, five hundred network leaders and staff gather to learn from each other, participate in workshops conducted by top academic, religious, political and labor experts, and map out a strategy for the coming year. At the assembly decisions are made regarding major issues and expanding the network to new areas and commitments are made for achieving goals for the coming year. Major allies—politicians, bishops, authors, and key staff from foundations—are also in attendance.