Applications for the 2019-2020 Policy and Advocacy Academy

Updated: Sep 23, 2019

The New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP) through their new Level Up NY training initiative, is thrilled to announce that applications are now available for the 2019-2020 Workforce Academy for Policy and Advocacy. Completed electronic applications are due no later than 4:00PM on October 11th.

Through this intensive, informative, and fun training you will learn the ins and outs of federal & state political, legislative and budgetary processes and a candid take on the politics in New York. This year's Academy will recruit up to 30 members from across New York for a three-month immersive, professional development. In addition to the sessions from November through January, participants will engage in experiential learning through legislative visits.


What will you learn in the Academy?

  • Learn invaluable, REAL advocacy skills

  • Learn how the Federal, State and local legislative systems really work

  • Grow your network of workforce colleagues from Upstate and Downstate

  • Participate in at a minimum of two legislative visits to put your skills into practice

Who should apply to participate in the Academy?

Mid-high level workforce professionals (i.e. 3-5 years' experience; serving in a leadership position within your organization; will have the opportunity to influence the policy-engagement at your organization). To date, more than 200 professionals from 115 organizations have participated in the Academy. This is a great opportunity to network and grow your professional learning.

Timeline for Applications is below:

October 11: Completed Application Due (via the application link)

October 22: Class Selection Notifications Sent (via email)

November 18-19: Opening Session (in Albany, NY)

2019-2020 Workforce Academy for Policy and Advocacy Scheduled Session Dates:

November 18-19, 2019: Kick Off Retreat

Location: NYATEP Offices, 540 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany

November 18th: 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM: Introductions to the Academy; Current Issues Facing Workforce; Overview of Project Teams and Schedule of Activities November 19th: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Seminar-Basics of Advocacy and Federal Policy

December 16-17, 2019: State and Local Workforce Advocacy

Location: NYATEP Office, 540 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany and NYS Capitol

December 16: 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM: Seminar- Overview of State Advocacy

December 17: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Legislative Prep and State Legislative Visits

January 28, 2020 Advocates Town Hall & Class Graduation

Location: TBD, New York City

A special invitation-only event to provide the latest in federal, state, and local workforce policy for Academy Alumni, current academy members, and special guests. This event will provide attendees with an advocacy refresher and introduce them to the scheduled opportunities to utilize their skills in Washington, Albany, and across New York. The Town Hall will also include a graduation ceremony for this year's class.

February 3-5, 2020- Optional: National Skills Coalition Summit/Federal Legislative Visits

Location: Washington, D.C.

Up to three participants will be randomly selected to attend with registration costs covered by NYATEP.

For more information, visit our website or feel free to contact me directly at or 518-728-9057.

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