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Building Power to Win: Elections and Beyond Leadership Cohort


In the past year we witnessed numerous powerful progressive wins in historically red districts from Kentucky to Virginia, in large part because of deep and long-term community organizing connected to electoral campaigns. There is tremendous possibility to influence change when we organize to harness the power of our communities to win electoral power and build self-governance. How do we leverage this political moment to build power for our community organizing so that our wins aren’t just a flash in the pan, but serve long-term transformation and power-building? Join us for a 9-month leadership cohort for electoral organizers working on local and state-wide campaigns. 


This 9-month leadership cohort will create long-term leadership infrastructure that builds power within disenfranchised communities, to put grassroots folks in top positions and hold our public officials accountable.  Building off trainer’s Linda Stout and Kierra Sim’s decades of experience in civic engagement, rural organizing, and facilitation, this cohort will focus on a relational model of organizing that creates a multiplier effect – scaling your base for electoral wins and long-term power in your community. 


Each month we will offer an interactive popular education training focused on crucial skills. Cohort members will receive support from the facilitators as you grapple with organizing in your communities. Group coaching will be offered monthly to deepen support for your leadership and growth.  Meeting in a cross-state cohort will help us establish trust between groups working in different states, so that we can learn from different strategies and support each other.


Through this training you will build your skills and capacity to grow a strong and engaged volunteer base in your state, increasing voter turnout to 75%.  Most importantly, this will continue to build strength and issue-based empowerment for rural, low-income and marginalized people through 2022 and beyond. We have experienced that success depends upon gathering committed, issue-focused groups to participate within the targeted states and organizing the volunteers and trainers to incorporate long-term voter registration and GOTV efforts into their program. This will build long-term sustainable community power beyond a single election. 


You will experience training and coaching on: 

  • Vision and goals: a long-term vision, a one-year vision and achievable one-year goals
  • Messaging:  connecting to issues people care about and are already working on
  • Listening project:  we want to know what people are facing in different areas across the country and what matters to them 
  • Canvassing:  how to do it in rural areas
  • Voter registration/GOTV: nuts and bolts
  • Language & Materials Development: it matters what words we use
  • Building a volunteer program:  finding volunteer leadership that will last for the long-term and how to support volunteer leaders
  • Storytelling: creating compelling messages based on our own experience
  • Voter forms and list management: materials and templates
  • Legal issues: how to deal with voter suppression




Kierra Sims and Linda Stout (Spirit in Action & PeoplesHub)

Training Length and Type:


9 month leadership cohort meets twice monthly


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Full Workshop Series Includes:


9 sessions and 9 group coaching sessions in between. Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, starting in March.

This training is ideal for:


Organizers and leaders working on electoral campaigns, particularly focused on folks in rural areas and disenfranchised communities.  We highly recommend two people from each organization or campaign join together.

Training Outcomes:


Participants will gain:

  • Actionable skills to strengthen electoral campaigns
  • A significant increase in voter engagement for your campaign 
  • A deep community of practice, learning and support 
  • Coaching and peer support through organizing challenges 
  • Leadership development for your campaign and beyond

Participant Expectations:


  • Attend one 2.5 hour training every month 
  • Attend one 1-hour group coaching session every month
  • Optional: Spend 6-8 hrs per month working with and training up other volunteer leaders in your organization

Application Process:


  • All participants apply here by end of day February 21st
  • Accepted applicants will be notified by February 28th. All applicants will be notified by March 5. 
  • The first training will take place the 2nd week of March 
  • The first open coaching session will take place the 4th week of March

What do you do to prepare?


Please choose a location with a strong internet connection, where you are able to share and listen comfortably. You’ll need a laptop or desktop computer, with video and headphones.



In order to make this program accessible regardless of resources, we are offering a range of payment options. Participants will be asked to select a cost commitment aligned with their access to resources. Please select a level of the scale that works for you at the end of the application. This will not affect your acceptance. 



See the application here for the specific scale

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Linda Stout

Linda is an activist and a visionary working against injustice within her world, her country, and her community. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Spirit in Action, which seeks out transformative tools, models, and resources for building a powerful and visionary progressive movement. She was the Executive Director of the Peace Development Fund, a public foundation supporting social justice organizations, and the Founder and Executive Director of the Piedmont Peace Project, an organization committed to drawing leadership from poor and working-class communities. Linda is the author of two books, Bridging the Class Divide and Collective Visioning. She has given over 600 lectures, sermons, and workshops, run campaigns and been involved in rural organizing and civic engagement for the last 36 years in an effort to use her voice to unite change-makers and create a just world.

Kierra Sims

Kierra Sims brings over a decade of experience as a youth organizer in the U.S. South and central Appalachia, focusing on the school to prison pipeline, introducing restorative practices to young people, and creating a just transition away from a coal dependent economy. She is a facilitator, movement builder, and educator that is dedicated to moving resources to radical, imaginative ideas. She thrives off of creating space for people to share, connect, and build together. 


In 2017, Kierra travelled to Nepal, Jordan, and Chile, as Trustees Fellow with IHP Human Rights, where she learned from folks building and embodying solidarity economy principles as a form of resistance and an offering of love to the land and their ancestors. From 2014-2017, she served on the Education Team at Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, TN where she played an anchoring role in both the Appalachian Transition Fellowship and the Seeds of Fire program. She is a member of Alternate ROOTS and serves on the advisory board of Power U Center for Social Change. Kierra earned a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Wofford College while studying the role of the church in social movements.