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This week we are rolling out two interactive online training courses exclusively for you, the Leaders. These trainings were designed by The Midwest Academy and cover organizing, advocacy and developing your strategy. The first of these trainings is “What is Direct Action Organizing?” and the second is “Developing a Strategy.” We recommend you complete them in that order.

Each course is available anytime to you on and should take 45-60 minutes to complete. Each is equipped with interactive quizzes and lessons.    

Course 1: What is Direct Action Organizing?

This interactive, introductory session addresses direct action organizing. The trainers explain how it differs from other forms of addressing problems, such as providing a social service, self-help, education or advocacy on behalf of others. It is particularly important to make these distinctions because many organizations do a combination of these types of work. However, each type follows its own principles and logic, which must be clear to the organizers.

Course 2: Developing a Strategy

This training is a follow up to “What is Direct Action Organizing?” Using the Midwest Academy strategy chart, participants learn how to identify and analyze the relationships between goals, objectives, constituencies, targets and tactics. The presentation is followed by a short quiz. Participants can later use this method when holding strategy sessions in their own organization. It demystifies what is often seen as a very complex process.

To access the training, you’ll just need to visit your Leader dashboard or go to and click the “My Dashboard” link in the upper-left-hand corner.  If you don’t know your login information, use the “Request New Password” link to receive an email with instructions to reset your password.

These courses will be available on your Leader dashboard moving forward, so you can retake them anytime.

Please note: You must be approved as Leaders in the Prevent Obesity Network to access these courses. If you are not a Leader yet but would like to be please see the requirements to be a Leader here and register here