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“UVI delivered a day-long workshop in Idaho Falls recently and it was profoundly important. It gave us a HUGE surge of confidence and energy!  We really felt we had the tools to build a movement. We are more confident about approaching people: we know what to ask and how to ask it. We have a greater sense of our purpose and how we can get there: we need to build a movement, not a reaction. 

We know how to develop a process for building that movement:  steps to organizing and why a plan is important. We understand the need for strategies and tactics and the difference between the two: critical to planning. 

We have a better understanding of what it takes to make organizing successful: know your assets, know your allies and opponents, find what issues and interests will move them (know their interests!).  It's not enough to be right; be strategic! Build power; leverage power strategically. Recognize that building a movement is the key to change. These are just some of the many highlights of this training that were particularly important to our organizing efforts in a rural part of the state.“

- Judy Schmidt, Idaho Falls,ID

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Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights. These so-called "model bills" reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations. ALEC ranks Idaho as their 7th most important targets of all 50 states. For decades, special interests have been using the Idaho legislature to further their far-right agenda. https://www.alecexposed.org

UVI Training and Presentations: 
UVI provides connectivity and critical statewide trainings, workshops and resources to organizations, and the community at large designed to meet the need of each audience. Over the past year we have presented to over 1500 individuals, and dozens of groups throughout the state.

Trainings include:

  • Providing a contextual framework:
  • Recognizing Systemic Discrimination Through Policy
  • Seeing the world as “other” – Navigating Privilege
  • What is needed for a new, emergent movement 
  • Taking action to win systems change
  • Grassroots Organizing
  • Building a Strategy to Win
  • Strategy vs. Tactics
  • Transformative vs. Transactional Models
  • Changing the narrative of rural communities across Idaho
  • Moving from Transactional to Transformative Organizing - Really talking to people where they are
  • Power Mapping - Building Relationships to win!
  • Building Coalitions and real power
  • Lobbying – Influencing decision makers
  • Taking Action – Everyone has something to contribute

Special rates available for nonprofit organizations, schools, and faith institutions

0-90 Minutes - $100 

1.5 - Hours - $250                                                                                                              

3-5 Hours - $500 

For scheduling, please contact uvidaho@gmail.com