About Us

About Us

Training for Change builds capacity for powerful training and education among activists and organizers. We work with groups taking nonviolent direct action, building strong teams, and working for grassroots social change. Since 1992, we’ve trained over 15,000 participants in over 20 countries across diverse sectors and issues.


Our practice of direct education honors the wisdom of participant experience and our group-centered approach adapts to local culture and evolving dynamics within a workshop. Our trainers have years of experience as trainers and facilitators and bring diverse roles in social change work. Learn more about our direct education approach.


We offer public workshops such as the Training for Social Action Trainers, Super-T, and other training-of-trainer workshops, as well as the annual Philadelphia Organizing Skills Institute series. We also travel to groups requesting custom workshops on diverse topics. Although most of our trainings are in the U.S. and Canada, we train in other countries when invited to co-facilitate with a host group.

We're adept at cross-cultural work and bring an awareness of power, identity, and conflict to every workshop we do. As an organization, we’re committed to deepening our relationships with marginalized communities in the U.S. and across the world, with particular attention to race, class, gender, sexuality, and geography. Learn more about our workshops.


While we work with groups on a spectrum of engagement with social change, the heart of our work is supporting grassroots groups who are taking bold stances and bold actions for social, economic, and environmental justice.

Our work takes us to many corners of the movement, from crowd control trainings for Mohawks, strategic planning retreats for Greenpeace, and civil disobedience workshops for nursing-home workers, to strike prep for steelworkers and anti-oppression for student climate change activists.

Some clients over the years include:

United Mine Workers of America
Greenpeace USA
Breast Cancer Action
Choice USA
United Farm Workers
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Canadian Labour Congress
Prometheus Radio Project
Ruckus Society
Alliance for Appalachia
Affordable Housing Action Association of Ontario
National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides (NCAMP)
350.orgTrans Youth Support Network
Beehive Collective
Iraq Veterans Against the War
New Sanctuary Movement
Project H.O.M.E.
Philadelphia Student Union
Public Allies
AVODAH (Jewish Service Corps)
Broadway Youth Center
Swarthmore College
Earlham College
Western Kentucky University
University of Pennsylvania

… and many others