2021 Finding Freedom Training Of Trainers

We are delighted to expand the reach of our work by offering our first Finding Freedom Training of Trainers.  

A core part of our vision has always been to teach this body of work and build out a community of white women racial justice facilitators working courageously at the intersections of sexism, patriarchy, classism and white supremacy.

Starting in March 2021, we will welcome up to 24 of you to participate in an 11-week intensive course, followed by ongoing coaching and support. Over the course of 38 hours of face-to-face instruction, the Training of Trainers (TOT) will:

  • Teach you the Finding Freedom curriculum,
  • Explore the principles and skills we believe are key for successful facilitation, 
  • Teach you the administrative tasks behind the scenes, and 
  • Provide support in order for you to effectively organize the course in your communities and networks.

Applications due by January 24th

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Training of Trainers, and why are you conducting one?

We envision a wave in 2021 of Finding Freedom workshops led by an organized group of trained white women who are aligned around the purposes of re-imagining white women’s relationship to racial justice and fighting structural racism. This Training of Trainers (TOT), and the larger Finding Freedom project, are grounded in the goal movement building by organizing our communities to fight for racial justice, realign our allegiances, and get free alongside people of color.

A TOT is an experience that aims to prepare trainers to facilitate a specific piece of content. A TOT often includes reviewing training materials, identifying the more challenging parts of the content and exploring how to overcome potential teaching obstacles. 

What content will be covered in the TOT?

As an alum of Finding Freedom, you already know that the content of the course is complex and intense. We intend to focus on the 5 modules that make up the Finding Freedom Workshop:

  1. Welcome 
  2. Intersecting Oppressions
  3. Collusion
  4. Resistance
  5. Taking Action 

Additionally, we will cover adult learning principles, doing this work within the context of movement building, trauma- and somatics-informed facilitation, how to show up for the range of white women who will likely participate, how to facilitate online, Zoom logistics, and back-end tools.

All together, the TOT will be 38+ hours of teaching, debriefing and a combination of small group and one-on-one coaching. 

What will I gain from participating in the Finding Freedom TOT? 

  • Access to the curriculum and trainer notes for Finding Freedom: White Women Taking On Our Own White Supremacy;
  • Nine months of support from participation in a wisdom circle with other TOT participants; 
  • Considerable coaching on racial justice facilitation in white caucus space;
  • The opportunity to join a community of deeply committed white women organizing white women for powerful racial justice action and commitment; and 
  • Future income through facilitating Finding Freedom workshops.

What is the time commitment? 

  • Mar 3-24, 2021: 2 hours/week on Wednesdays 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST 
  • Mar 31-May 12, 2021: 3.25 hours/week on Wednesdays 5:00 PM – 8:15 PM EST (These dates will be a full-scale public-facing Finding Freedom workshop as part of your TOT experience.)
  • Apr 2-30, 2021: 2 hours/week on Fridays 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
  • May-Dec 2021: Finding Freedom will host a Facebook group for Trainers, as well as regular Zoom meetups to support trainers and troubleshoot implementation and facilitation challenges. 
  • By the end of 2021: The time you need to plan, design and facilitate two Finding Freedom workshops

How much does it cost?  

  • If you are applying and paying as an individual, the fee is either $500 or $750 based on your ability to pay. 
  • If your participation is being sponsored by your organization, the fee is either $1000 or $1500 based on the budget of your organization. Organizations with an annual budget below $250,000 pay $1000 per participant; organizations with an annual budget above $250,000 pay $1500 per participant.
  • We plan to work with everyone who is accepted into the TOT to ensure that money is not a barrier. Scholarships are available. You will have an opportunity on the application to let us know if you’d like to apply for a scholarship. 

What is the application and selection process?

  • Applications are due by January 24, 2021. 
  • We will notify applicants of our decisions by February 5, 2021.
  • We will prioritize the following applications: 
    • Experienced trainers and facilitators
    • Those who have experience with the dynamics of working in white caucus spaces
    • Those who are applying as a team of two facilitators. Each person in a team must apply separately, and both applications must be received on time for your team to be considered
  • We aim to have the cohort be a juicy mix of classes, sexualities, ages, faith backgrounds, and geographies. 

If I am accepted, what will be the requirements?

  • To pursue becoming a Finding Freedom: White Women Taking On Our Own White Supremacy facilitator who embodies the values of racial and gender justice, adult learning, radical hospitality, mutual interest, Southern-fried somatics, humor as an organizing tool, and collective liberation. 
  • Active participation in all of our sessions is required for trainers to be successful. 
  • All accepted participants will be expected to conduct a minimum of 2 Finding Freedom workshop series between June and December 2021. 

Trainers will be asked to sign a Trainer Memo of Understanding (MOU) that outlines the support that We Are Finding Freedom will provide to the trainers, the expectations we have of the trainers, and the financial arrangement between the trainers and us.