Advocacy Academy

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About Advocacy Academy

Advocacy Academy is an opportunity to get involved in the disability rights movement and learn the skills of advocacy! Participants will learn advanced leadership!

Advocacy Academy is a paid 8-week summer job where participants choose a disability advocacy issue to learn about and then create an advocacy campaign around that issue. Participants will learn about:

  • The history of the Disability Rights Movement in the United States
  • The skills of advocacy
  • Personal leadership skills
  • How to work in a group
  • Workplace skills
  • How to plan and implement a disability advocacy project

Advocacy Academy provides valuable experience and training which can be applied to other life experiences. Many of our previous participants have received employment recommendations based on their work performance at Advocacy Academy.

Qualifications & Expectations

Six (6) individuals will be selected to participate in this year’s Advocacy Academy program. We are seeking applicants who:

  • Are between 16–29 years of age
  • Are able to commit to the entire 8 week position
  • Have a disability
  • Are motivated to increase their leadership skills

Selected participants are expected to be present for all sessions (see “Schedule” section below for details) and participate in the advocacy project process.

This is a paid position at $12.82 per hour.

2022 Advocacy Academy


Participants are expected to be at each session. Advocacy Academy meets Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 to 5:00 pm between June 21 and August 17, 2022 with the exception of July 4, 5 and 6, when we will not meet.

A graduation ceremony will be held on the last day, Wednesday, August 17.


Advocacy Academy will meet in person at our Kalamazoo office and follow COVID-19 protocols:
517 E. Crosstown Parkway
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001


The application period is now closed for 2022 Advocacy Academy.