Workshops & Trainings


UCONN People Empowering People: Special Needs Focus

Classes Begin Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Free Childcare and Dinner, Transportation Assistance, Spanish Translation & Handouts Offered

The UConn People Empowering People Program (PEP) is a free12-week personal and family development program. The program is designed to build on the unique strengths and life experiences of parents and caregivers, and emphasizes the connection between individual and community action. This program has a strong communication, problem solving, and community focus. This particular PEP training is tailored to meet the needs of parents and care givers who have children with special needs or may have concerns about their child's development. All graduates receive a certificate from UConn Extension!

This class meets once a week, to discuss the following topics: Values & Power, Communication and Active Listening, Problem Solving, Record Keeping, Advocacy, Intro to Special Education Services in the Public School System, Legal Rights (includes due process), Understanding Ourselves and Others as Parents, Understanding Our Children, Conscious Discipline, Community Leadership, and Action Planning.


Retreat: Saturday, October 13th, 2018, 1pm - 5pm

Weekly Classes: Tuesday Evenings Starting October 16th, 2018, Dinner served at 5pm, classes: 530pm-8pm

Location: weekly classes are primarily located at 120 Broad St. (The Martin Center), New London, CT however a few session are held at other locations within New London. We will let you know and support you with transportation if needed.

For more information, please contact or call (860)629-0131.

Essentials of local advocacy

Understanding how to navigate local and state government can be tricky. Who is responsible for what? How does politics influence decisions being made? and how do we effectively advocate for our children, families, and community. This course offers insight into the political system and how to become civically engaged. 

Community organizing Training 

This is a 12 week workshop series dedicated to strengthening your social and political analysis. This intensive training series offers parents and community allies an opportunity to critically reflect on issues in our community and how to take action to make positive changes. Participants develop an understanding of the personal and community impact of systemic oppression and learn the importance of community organizing for social justice change and liberation. There are 2 tracks. Wednesdays are for social analysis and internal development while Saturdays are for the hard skills development needed in organizing.

Topics Include: Self-awareness & Self-care, Communication, Consciousness Raising, Identities, Power & Oppression, Power & Resistance, Systems: Racism, Capitalism, Sexism, Homophobia, and Adultism, Community Assessment & Systems Mapping, Basics of Local Government, Story Telling, and more.

Saturday Extended Support and Skills Development Sessions Include: Community Organizing basics, Base-building, Campaign-strategy, Movement Building, Direct Actions,  and Fundraising. 

Financially Lit: Financial Literacy & Empowerment

This introductory workshop series is designed for both parents and teens looking to take control of and increase their economic wealth. Learn how to understand finances, reduce bad debt, increase your cashflow, lower your taxes, how to plan for retirement, and more! Attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a free consult on credit repair (*some restrictions may apply).