What is CCL?

The Center for Community Leadership (CCL) trains grassroots leaders and supports community organizations with the skills, resources, and networking opportunities needed to strengthen their potential to affect sustainable community change.

Why This Matters

Effective organizing requires organizers to have and constantly update/increase/advance their skills and capacities. A consequence of not supporting the growth of entry through senior-level organizers consistently leads to staff burnout and turnover, as well as ineffective campaign strategies. Most troubling, it contributes to the underrepresentation of marginalized people in leadership positions within the community development and social justice movement overall by making success and advancement more difficult to obtain. The Center for Community Leadership helps organizers to build both their abilities and their resilience so they can stay productive in this work for the long-term.

What We're Doing

CCL is a career-long learning program. Our Organizing Academy has two program tracks, both are 10-month intensive courses (September-June) that provide organizers with skills related to social justice and movement that are applicable in any issue area.


The Academy

*NEW FOR 2020-2021*
Academy Bundle

If an ANHD member organization enrolls 1 organizer in the Intro class and 1 in the Advanced course, their tuition rate will be $3500 for both seats, rather than the typical $4000. We are limiting Academy Bundle seats to 4 organizations for the coming year, and this rate is only available to ANHD member organizations.

Supplemental Workshops & Trainings

All participants in either course of the Organizing Academy have free access to all ANHD trainings for the duration of their class (September-June).

Introductory Course

The Introductory Course offers participants an overview of community change and organizing. During the course, participants deepen their understanding of social conditions as the context for organizing; explore different models of organizing historically and currently; develop their understanding of how to engage community in improving their own conditions; develop skills for building the leaders of community; and increase capacity for organizers to lead successful campaigns that win concrete changes for people. The course meets from 10 am to 1 pm, two Fridays each month starting in September and runs through the end of June of the following year.

Session Topics include: base building, leadership development, work planning/time management, meeting facilitation, campaigns strategy, and more.

2020-2021 Tuition: $2,000 ANHD members $2,500 non-members.

Advanced Course

The Advanced Course is for experienced organizers to read, reflect, and explore ways to deepen their analysis and practice of community organizing. We designed the course to help organizers elevate and deepen their institutional and individual opportunities for growth. It is structured by five topics that all look at developing staff and creating a culture of excellence; the five topics include Base Building, Leadership Development, Political Education, Coalitions and Campaigns, and Institutional Growth.  For each topic, the class explores theoretical frameworks, reflects on current practices for their strengths and challenges, identifies new practices to try, and then reflects on implementing them. The class is participatory and discussion-oriented, rather than lecture-style. Participants, the instructor, and additional advisers all contribute to the on-going development of the course. The course meets from 10 am to 1 pm, two Fridays each month starting in September and through the end of June of the following year.

2020-2021 Tuition: $2,000 ANHD members / $2,500 non-members.

The Impact and Network Created

Since 2009, 227 individuals have gone through a CCL training program, and 98 community organizations have been involved in this unique opportunity.

Examples of campaigns participants have worked on include:


NYS Rent Law Reform

Right to Counsel in Housing Court

Basement Apartments Safe for Everyone Campaign (BASE)

Policing Reform Campaigns

Certificate of No Harassment (CONH)

Climate Justice

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Ending Solitary Confinement

Ending the School to Prison Pipeline

Language Access at City Agencies

421a Reform

Lift the Caps Street Vendor Campaign

Numerous Neighborhood by Neighborhood Rezoning Campaigns

NYC Rent Freeze/Roll Back Campaign

Predatory Equity Campaigns

Stand For Tenant Safety, Department of Buildings Reform Campaign

Click here to see the full list of community organizations who we have worked with through CCL.

Our Alumni

Post-graduation, we continue supporting CCLers and the organizing movement with ongoing educational and networking opportunities. Alumni stay connected through our LinkedIn page and through our Facebook Group. If you'd like to be added, please contact Armando Moritz-Chapelliquen.

Frequently Asked Questions

Not sure if you should apply? Still wondering if CCL and the CCL Organizing Academy is right for you? Contact Armando Moritz-Chapelliquen with any questions you may have.

This Year's Application Cycle is Now Closed

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Organizing Academy. Check back in early 2021 for details on the next application cycle.