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Activist Training Institute

The Activist Training Institute (ATI) is a training and leadership development program founded in 2005 as a collaborative effort between API Movement and the Asian American Resource Workshop.  ATI hosts learning opportunities for activists who identify as Asian Pacific American (APA) to develop political analysis and organizing skills within the context of building an Asian American social movement for justice.

A photograph of  Activist Training Institute's 2015 Cohort's Summer CelebrationA photograph of members of Activist Training Institute's 2017 Cohort

(1st photo: a photograph of the ATI 2015 Cohort's Summer Celebration, 2nd photo: a photograph of the ATI 2017 Cohort at their retreat)

ATI’s goal is to deepen the commitment to movement building in Greater Boston by supporting the development of Asian Americans aspiring to become organizers.  We do this by:

  • Honing organizing skills 

  • Supporting existing, local organizing efforts, including campaigns

  • Developing a shared political analysis

  • Building a multigenerational community of activists

Topics covered include building social movements during this period, Boston’s Asian American communities, organizing skills, and movement leadership.

In addition to the training content, ATI incorporates a hands-on, practicum component in which teams of participants partner with a community organization to support a current campaign or project.   We use experiential learning methods – such as neighborhood tours, case studies and gu est panels – to complement concepts and frameworks with applied learning.

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