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Empathy Network Advocacy Cohort

The Empathy Network Advocacy Cohort is a program created by Dream Corps JUSTICE to train justice-impacted leaders on the tools of grassroots organizing, campaign building, and transformational change. 

The program is built on Dream Corps’ record of success in developing hundreds of leaders in the criminal justice reform movement to lead historic victories at the local, state, and federal level, including:

  • Passing the First Step Act into law
  • Reforming women’s prisons across 13 states
  • Advancing work to cut incarceration across the country

Program Details

The Empathy Network Advocacy Cohort provides justice-impacted individuals with a 3-month training program geared to develop skills in organizing, legislative and campaign advocacy, and media. The program is run by some of the best advocacy trainers in the country and is designed to empower cohort members to advance solutions that cut incarceration, reimagine justice, and make our communities safer. 

Applications for our second Empathy Network Advocacy Cohort are open.

Dates:
– In-person*: Sat & Sun, July 16-17; Sat & Sun, October 15-16 (Dream Corps JUSTICE will cover travel expenses)
– Online webinar sessions: 5x between July 20-September 21

Over three months, leaders in each cohort will learn critical skills such as:

  • Building an organizing strategy
  • Legislative advocacy
  • Creating paths of engagement with local, state and federal stakeholders
  • Tactics to escalate campaigns over time
  • Digital organizing using social media, virtual events, and other online tools
  • Graphic design and content calendar building
  • Spokesperson and media training

Meet Last Year’s Cohort


Dream Corps is fighting for a society in which there is freedom and dignity for all. But, we can’t do it alone. We invite you to become a partner with us in training and ushering in the new social justice leaders of tomorrow. With your support we can continue the work of bringing people together across racial, social, and partisan lines to create a future with freedom and dignity for all. 


American singer and songwriter, Lil’ Mo, addresses the Empathy Network Cohort during an introductory call.

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