NYC Momentum 2017

December 8-10, 2017 //  New York City, NY

We will be accepting applications until Monday October 23rd, and will confirm acceptances by the end of October.

Join us December 8-10, 2017 for NYC Momentum, a comprehensive training for activists and organizers leading efforts to transform our political climate.

In the past year, millions of newly activated and longtime activists alike have taken to the streets, protested at congressional offices, and joined local political organizations to resist the Trump administration.  But after 10 months of near daily attacks on our rights and protections, many are growing increasingly disheartened, tired, or confused about what we do next.

As the administration continues its relentless assault on our rights and protections, how do we sustain and grow our movements to seize and meet this moment, while not losing sight of our long-term vision? How do we keep engaging our people and calling them into courageous action, especially in discouraging times?  What are the strategies we can and should be creating together and how can we learn from successful movements worldwide to support us?  

NYC Momentum is an opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced, innovative organizers in the field who will share their learnings along with a synthesis of best practices from disciplines including social movements and the field of civil resistance, complex systems, decentralized networks, and strategic communications. While it may feel like the odds are stacked against us, social movements have repeatedly changed what was winnable, even in the grimmest of circumstances, from ending apartheid in South Africa to overthrowing dictators in Serbia.  Now more than ever we need these tools to seize the moment and win a vision of justice now and for generations to come.

At stake is our collective future-- and it will take all of us. Join us! The deadline to apply is Monday, October 23, 2017.  

Tuition Packages & Coaching

We encourage training participants to attend in small teams from their organizations, and offer reduced tuition rates for groups, depending on the size of the organization.

We are also offering a pilot coaching program for a very limited number of teams of 3-5 participants who attend this training together, and who are eager to experiment with the training material. Coaching will involve an orientation call before the training with a designated coach, and follow-up calls after the training to deepen understanding of the content, identify areas of alignment and opportunities for application.

Please be in touch if you are interested in exploring tuition packages or coaching. You can reach the training coordinator, Seth, at


We are offering 25 partial and full scholarships to ensure that the training is accessible to the most committed and strategic organizers, regardless of their financial resources.  Please consider sponsoring between one and three scholarships at $1,200, $2,400, or $3,600.

About Momentum

Momentum is the foremost training in the U.S. that provides a comprehensive set of tools for building social movements. Since its founding in 2014, Momentum has trained over 1,200 organizers from major organizations in the United States, such as Black Lives Matter, MoveOn, BYP100, United We Dream, Working Families Party, Showing Up For Racial Justice,, People’s Action, PICO, and more. Four new movement organizations have launched out of the Momentum training: Cosecha, IfNotNow, and Sunrise,.


“Many have tried and failed to get organizations to be like the movements in the streets. And many have tried and failed to build movements that can move power. Momentum is a place where you can learn to do both.”
Yonah Lieberman, IfNotNow National Coordinator


“We need to get serious about the shared language and model of how we effectively do our work. Momentum is an opportunity to enter that conversation, learn a lot, and fold into a powerful community trying to change not only the world, but how we go about building a new one.“
Kandace Montgomery, Black Lives Matter National Staff


“Momentum has given me language for understanding organizing and strategy as a craft — a set of skills to be honed and practiced in community. It has helped me see myself as walking in the footsteps of generations upon generations of organizers and freedom fighters who I can look to and learn from. Momentum is the single most valuable training you can go to to advance your understanding of how social movements build power to win.”
Sara Blazevic, Sunrise Movement Co-Founder

If you have questions regarding the application process, please reach out to the training coordinator, Seth Woody, at

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