PICC is committed to developing the skills and building the capacity of our member organizations, community leaders, and allies to advance immigrant rights through coordinating regular trainings and developing community education materials.
Our primary Capacity Building initiatives are:
- PICC Community Navigator Training Program:
- Modeled after the CIRI National Community Navigator Training and adapted to the needs of immigrant and refugee communities in Pennsylvania, the PICC Community Navigator Training Program is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to assist with a variety of immigration services, including comprehensive legal screenings, citizenship applications, and deportation defense packets.
- WE Lead Training Program:
- Women Empowered to Lead (WE Lead) is a national initiative in six cities that seeks to empower immigrant women and their communities through trainings and women’s leadership programming. In the Pittsburgh area, regular trainings will be available to the community and women immigrant leaders are invited to participate in tailored opportunities for leadership and professional development, with the goal of supporting local, grassroots leadership and expanded access to legal/immigration services in Western Pennsylvania. Contact Alicia Quebral, WE Lead Program Coordinator, for more information about WE Lead.
- Youth Organizing Project:
- PICC understands that youth engagement is crucial to the long-term sustainability of our movement. Our Youth Organizing Project ensures that the voices of immigrant and refugee youth are included in shaping the direction of our work. Through youth committee meetings and local trainings, young people learn about organizing, storytelling, advocacy, strategy, and campaign development.
- Ally Education & Engagement:
- PICC is committed to educating and engaging allies to be more effective advocates for pro-immigrant legislation and against hateful and discriminatory bills being introduced in the halls of power in Harrisburg and Washington. Our biweekly #StoptheHate Conference Calls are the main platform for allies to become engaged in our work and learn how they can take action to advance immigrant rights in a way that centers the needs of immigrant communities.
In addition to our main capacity-building training programs, PICC also coordinates various supplemental trainings throughout the year. Potential topics include:
- Principles of Advocacy & Community Organizing
- Immigrant Worker Rights Training
- Strategy & Campaign Development
- Are You Eligible? Immigrant Access to Healthcare Training
- Comprehensive training on how to identify and determine eligibility for health care services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how to apply for key health programs. This training is intended for community workers and educators, advocates, case managers, social service and healthcare providers, and anyone who assists the immigrant community to access needed health care services.
- Building Electoral Power for Immigrant Communities
- Deportation Defense: Organizing to Protect Your Community
Please check out the events calendar for upcoming trainings, and the Toolbox for materials you can use in your community or organization. Contact Carlos Adolfo Gonzalez, Statewide Capacity Building Coordinator, for more information about our capacity building initiatives and upcoming trainings.