Bike Walk RVA is launching two virtual trainings focused on building the next generation of active transportation leaders, and aiding locally/regionally focused biking/walking organizations to build their grassroots support.
Emerging Leaders in Active Transportation Advocacy
Launching for Summer 2020, Emerging Leaders in Active Transportation Advocacy will provide rising high school junior and senior students with real-world civic engagement skills, resume-building learning experiences, an inside look at best practices in bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure, and leadership training from advocacy professionals.
By the end of the training, students will:
- Gain strong foundational knowledge in civics, including levels of government and how they impact active transportation
- Increase their knowledge of various types and specifications of active transportation infrastructure (e.g. sidewalks, bike lanes, trails, etc.) and how they are built
- Explore global case studies of bike/pedestrian infrastructure and policies
- Learn about campaign strategies to advocate for active transportation infrastructure
- Develop personal skills to successfully advocate for change with active transportation staff, elected officials, and media
Students will participate in six (6) sessions that combine interactive virtual class sessions; guest speakers including infrastructure engineers, media professionals, and elected officials; and experiential learning assignments. Advocacy skills gained are also translatable to use for other issues of students’ interest.
The cost of the program is $210. Scholarships are available for students seeking financial assistance. Students will be selected based on academic and community leadership and other qualifications.
The program will run for six (6) sessions on June 23-25 and June 30-July 2 from 10a.m. – 12p.m. Application deadline is June 16 at 5 p.m.
Growing Grassroots for Active Transportation
Winning campaigns for biking/walking infrastructure and policies takes building a base local support. Growing Grassroots for Active Transportation training series will provide locally/regionally-focused bicycle/pedestrian advocacy organizations with tools to grow their advocacy base, win policies, and get infrastructure built.
By the end of the training, participants will:
- Explore case studies of winning policies and infrastructure across urban, suburban, and rural environments
- Learn about developing campaign strategies to advocate for active transportation infrastructure
- Learn to train grassroots activists to successfully advocate for change with elected officials
- Discuss opportunities to advocate for active transportation funding
Participants will engage in five (5) sessions that combine interactive virtual class sessions and guest speakers including infrastructure engineers, media professionals.
The cost of the program is $250. The program will run for five (5) sessions July 6 – July 10 from 10a.m. – 12p.m. Registration deadline is July 1 at 5 p.m.