Spring 2020 Institute: Back in Action

We are excited to announce that we are now ready to continue the Institute of Impacted Leaders and begin our 2020 Spring cohorts via Zoom!

Both the Sacramento and Inland Empire Institutes will kick off in early July, with the Sacramento cohort beginning July 7th, and the Inland Empire cohort beginning July 9th.

If you are a participant of the Institute:

You should have already been notified about the *new* Institute schedule and should have received coursework materials. Look out for emails in the upcoming weeks regarding the specifics of  the Institute program continuing online.

If you have any questions or feel like you have not received necessary materials, please reach out to us at

We look forward to continue mobilizing California and empowering those most impacted by mass incarceration. Together, we are stronger!

We will see you soon!

About the Institute of Impacted Leaders

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Initiate Justice’s Institute of Impacted Leaders is a 12-week organizing training program designed for people directly impacted by mass incarceration.

Participants learn about community organizing, how the policy process works in California, how to change statewide laws, and how to advocate for themselves and their loved ones in prison.

Practical activities include an advocacy day at the California State Capitol and in-district advocacy visits. Institute participants and graduates develop campaigns to win freedom and safety for all. All materials and travel are paid for by Initiate Justice, and graduates receive a $500 stipend upon completion.

After the program, graduates of the Institute take the skills they learn and go into state prisons to train our Inside Organizers. They also become Outside Organizers who help lead our work through our member action committees.