Faith Based Advocacy Trainings




Programs & Initiatives


FPWA operates a number of programs and initiatives that are designed to help our faith-based member agencies and partners.

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Faith and Justice Fellowship

In 2014, FPWA launched the Faith & Justice Fellowship program, in collaboration with the New York Theological Seminary (NYTS). The Fellowship program aims to provide select faith leaders with an enhanced set of tools that will enable them to be more effective advocates on behalf of those most in need and to help promote New York City as a place of equal opportunity for all. Participants receive high quality leadership skills training in environmental assessment, strategic planning, community organizing, and public advocacy. This program is designed for faith leaders who are interested in assuming the mantle of prophetic witness, becoming more effective public advocates, and being catalysts for positive change while working with FPWA to build a city of equal opportunity.

Interested in becoming a Fellow? Please contact Brian C Ellis-Gibbs, Faith Based Community Engagement Coordinator.

 Advocacy Academy

FPWA is committed to increasing the effectiveness of the work of faith leaders and organizations in their communities and throughout NYC.  We host an Advocacy Academy Training aiming to train faith-based and community leaders on methods and strategies needed to effectively engage local and state government and grant makers.

The curriculum covers topics such as:

  • The role of faith based institutions in the community
  • The responsibilities of elected officials
  • The nuts and bolts of research and organizing…and more

During the concluding session, participants give brief presentations on projects they developed to improve their communities. Certificates of Achievement are awarded to all participants who successfully complete the course. FPWA offers continued support for participants during the first year of the launch of their project to help maximize its success.

For additional information, please contact Brian C Ellis-Gibbs, Faith Based Community Engagement Coordinator.

The Youth Empowerment Movement

FPWA launched the Youth Empowerment Movement (YEM), a new initiative that strengthens youth voices through advocacy, in May 2016.  The pilot program, funded by New York City Council Member Mathieu Eugene, consists of six weekly sessions and empowers youth between ages 16 and 24 to:

  • Learn about the significance and principles of advocacy
  • Identify issues that are important to them and their communities
  • Meet peers who are youth advocates, share experiences, and build influence
  • Join FPWA’s advocacy efforts

20 youth from the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Crown Heights, Ditmas Park, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Kensington, and Prospect-Lefferts are participants in the pilot program.

For more information, please email Nakia Johnson, Program Coordinator.