The Institute of Impacted Leaders

About the Institute

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.

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Current Cohorts:

  • Cohort 10: San Diego (Summer 2021)
  • Cohort 11: Bakersfield (Summer 2021)
  • Cohort 12: San Jose (Summer 2021)
  • Cohort 13: Santa Barbara (Summer 2021)

Past Cohorts:

  • Cohort 1: Los Angeles (Spring 2019)
  • Cohort 2: Oakland (Summer 2019)
  • Cohort 3: Los Angeles (Summer 2019)
  • Cohort 4: Sacramento (Summer 2020)
  • Cohort 5: Inland Empire (Summer 2020)
  • Cohort 6: Fresno (Spring 2021)
  • Cohort 7: Orange County (Spring 2021)
  • Cohort 8: San Fernando Valley (Spring 2021)
  • Cohort 9: South Bay LA / Long Beach (Spring 2021)