Training of Trainers Institute (South Haven, MN)

11/08/2011 3:00 pm
11/11/2011 1:30 pm

Update (9/26/11, 2:30 p.m.): This post has been corrected, indicating the dates for this event as Thursday, November 3 through Sunday, November 6. 

We have a situation in which the few have taken what belongs to the many, and too often we are debating whether the structure of Social Security is sustainable and whether we can “afford” Medicare. But this is not the time to compromise on our well-being in retirement or on our children’s future. There are concrete proposals on the table to take back for the many some of what the few have captured for themselves, and we should treat it as such. —UFE's Jen Douglas

UFE's Popular Economics Education Institute

An intensive Training of Trainers program for activists working for social & economic justice

Photo: ToT planning exercise

This Institute prepares people to lead UFE’s popular economics education workshop, and helps build support for campaigns to reduce economic inequality.

Event Details


Thursday, November 3, 2011, 3:00 P.M. – Sunday, November 6, 2011, 1:30 P.M.
Application deadline is October 21, 2011


Koinonia Retreat Center
South Haven, MN
(90 minutes northwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul)

About this Institute:

UFE's Senior Education Coordinators, Jeannette Huezo and Steve Schnapp, will train you in how to lead UFE-style popular economics education workshops that educate, inspire, and mobilize people to take political action.

It is right for you if you are:
  • An organizer, leader, activist, teacher, or trainer engaged in campaigns for economic or social justice, or
  • If you are seeking to improve your training and facilitation skills in order to more effectively present information and engage people in dialogue about the economy.
You will learn about:
  • National economic trends, the rules and policies that contributed to the Great Recession & the jobless recovery;
  • The impacts of economic policies in terms of race and gender;
  • Some history about popular resistance to economic inequality in the U.S.;
  • Strategies to advance the economic recovery and to close the economic divides; and
  • Principles and practices of popular education.
You will have opportunities to:
  • Work in small groups to plan and practice leading either UFE's or original popular economics education workshop activities;
  • Receive constructive feedback on how to effectively present workshops and lead productive discussions on economic inequality; 
  • Discuss how to best adapt UFE's materials to your communities and constituents;
  • Practice responding to challenging questions and difficult workshop situations; and
  • Network, build solidarity and open doors for collaboration with others working for economic justice.
  • Participants should arrive at the Koinonia Retreat Center on Thursday, Nov. 3, between 3:00 and 6:00 pm for registration. 
  • The program begins after dinner on Thursday and concludes after lunch on Sunday.
  • Sessions will be conducted in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings.
  • Breaks will be provided throughout the day to allow participants to reflect and network with other participants.
The program includes presentations of activities from UFE's workshops, including:
  • Shrink, Shift & Shaft (a modified version of The Growing Divide)
  • Bankers, Brokers, Bubbles, and Bailouts
  • Immigration and the Growing Divide
  • Closing the Racial Wealth Divide

It is important that participants plan to attend the full Institute session in order to get the maximum benefit of the training, and preference will be given to those applicants who can make that commitment. Materials, including a detailed agenda for the Institute and short readings will be sent to all registrants prior to the training to help participants prepare for the Institute.

Institute Fees:

The registration fee for this Institute has been reduced to $300 in recognition of high transportation costs to the conference center. This fee includes meals, room and board, materials and the TOT fee. (Transportation is not included.)

A minimum $25 deposit is due with your application, and a payment of at least 50% of registration must be paid two (2) weeks prior to the Institute. Payment in full is due one week before the start of the Institute.


We are committed to helping people figure out how to attend this Institute. We have limited funds to help defray a portion of the Institute fee for participants from low-income communities or from organizations with very limited resources. Please don¹t apply unless you require financial assistance to attend. A scholarship request form can be completed along with an application to attend the Institute. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, October 21, 2011.

A minimum $25 deposit is required with your application. A payment of at least 50% of the fee must be paid two (2) weeks prior to the Institute. Payment in full is due one week before the start of the Institute.

Please apply to attend this event prior to completing a scholarship application.

For more information:

Contact Jeannette Huezo ([email protected], 857-277-7881) or Steve Schnapp ([email protected], 857-277-7868).

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