Advocacy Leadership Institute: Applications open for Fall 2018 Class
Join ALI this fall and bike away with the tools to make change in your community
There are countless ways to expand the reach of biking in Seattle. From speaking up in support of the Basic Bike Network at city council, organizing a bike train to your kids’ school, or gathering neighbors to rally around fixing a safety issue that’s long-plagued your nearby streets – change is what happens when caring neighbors like you decide it matters, and take on issues with care, thought, and passion.
That’s where Cascade’s Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) comes in. Once a year, Cascade offers a two day training for people just like you to gain skills, confidence, knowledge and connections to effectively advocate for getting more people on bikes.
This years’ training will bring together 20 - 25 people who live, work or play all across Seattle. Over two upcoming Saturday’s (October 20 and November 3), together we’ll explore the power of our own biking story, how bike infrastructure projects become reality, and how to work effectively with the media, decision makers and allies.
Past alum of ALI are helping make our entire region more bike friendly, as leaders of grassroots bike advocacy organizations, participants in city planning processes, and members of city-wide boards, committees and neighborhood associations. ALI alum are members of the Seattle Bike Advisory Board, Move Seattle Oversight Committee, Cascade Bicycle Club Board, One Center City Advisory Committee, West Seattle Bike Connections, Beacon Hill Safe Streets, and more.
But that’s not the only path to creating community change. Other alum have taken their advocacy in different directions, by developing creative and media projects that tell the complex and enriching story of biking, or starting campaigns that empower and invite more women into biking.
Whatever you see as your contribution to getting more people on bikes, you’ll get something out of ALI.
Hear from our alum:
“The Advocacy Leadership Institute helped me realize that even though I don't work as a transportation professional, I can still make a big difference as a passionate citizen in Seattle. The coursework and weekly discussions in ALI helped me realize that policy decisions and processes are much more interesting and accessible than I thought. ALI is an amazing resource here in Seattle. Through it, I met family bikers with whom I never would have interacted, Seattle City Council members, and many others. I even planned a Bike Month party with over 300 people in attendance.”
—Marley Blonsky, ALI Alumni
If you want your neighborhood and city more people centered and safe for biking – and want to roll up your sleeves to help create change – then you are a perfect candidate for Cascade’s nationally recognized Advocacy Leadership Institute!
When: Saturday, October 20 & Saturday, November 3
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Downtown Seattle (exact location TBA)
Applications close Sunday September 30.
Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the training by Friday, October 5.