Workshops

WCC’s Civic Matters Workshops are safe spaces where women can gather to learn, network, and organize to create change in their communities. 

Workshops are designed for people who have historically faced barriers to civic participation.

Session topics are informed and selected by Workshop participants via surveys. Additionally, WCC’s Civic Matters Workshop Design Team (WDT), aims to ensure that programming is informed by community members’ own needs, experiences, and desires for learning and engagement.  

There are many benefits to participating in Civic Matters Workshops, such as:

  • Learning where to get started with civic engagement and gaining knowledge and tools to stand up for yourself and your community
  • Becoming part of the WCC civic engagement family with access to future events and resources
  • Gaining opportunities to take leadership roles and learn skills to boost your resume

Follow us at @Civicmatters on Instagram and sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on all of our programming and opportunities to get involved. Information about previous workshops can be found below.

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Past Events

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2022

Civic Engagement: Spotlight on Participatory Budgeting 

In this workshop featuring Daniella Eras, Director of Special Initiatives and Operations, participants discussed what civic engagement is, why it’s important, and learned about an exciting opportunity to have a say in how the City Budget is spent through PB. Participants practiced filling out a project proposal to submit to the PB website.

TUESDAY JULY 19, 2022

Civic Matters Redistricting Workshop 

In this workshop led by Dan Kaminsky, Citizens Union, participants learned about the redistricting process and how to get involved by drawing maps and giving testimony.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 15, 2022

Civic Matters Storytelling Workshop: Speak Up & Shine

This last workshop in the Civic Matters Spring 2022 featured a guest facilitator, Jasmine Wilson. Attendees participated in improv activities and leave with resources for how to strengthen their storytelling skills in real-life contexts.

WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2022

Introduction to Advocacy and Local Governance Training

This workshop & training in partnership with the Advocacy Institute was designed for those who are new to advocacy and want to get familiar with the basics. It featured WCC Facilitator Deneisha Thompson and was led by David Ng and Marissa Martin from the Advocacy Institute!

WEDNESDAY APRIL 27, 2022

Showing Up For Self & Community: How To Be Your Own Civic Superhero

This engaging and interactive workshop defined civics and civic engagement, featuring facilitators Deneisha Thompson, Reda Taleb, and Arabhis Nicholson. This workshop was redesigned by the Workshop Design Team.

THURSDAY APRIL 28, 2022

Speak Up, Be Heard: Learn how to amplify your voice through civic engagement

WCC and the YWCA of New York joined for an engaging discussion about what civic engagement means, why it’s important, and how to get involved to support issues you care about. The conversation was moderated by WCC facilitator, Deneisha Thompson, and featured  Reginald Belle, Campaigns and Programs Fellow, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human RightsQuadira Coles, Deputy Director of Policy, Girls for Gender Equity, and Kaya Jones, NE Regional Program Coordinator, IGNITEWatch the event.

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2022

Unleashing Your Voice

Attendees participated in improv-based and public speaking activities to empower them to express themselves with confidence, conviction, and authenticity with Jasmine Wilson.

Participants learned and practiced the fundamentals of public speaking and discussed the challenges and resources to strengthen their skills.

MONDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2021

How Any Woman Can Make Change: A Panel of Local Changemakers

Attendees heard from three phenomenal speakers on the many ways one can make a difference in their community. The panel featured Thahitun Mariam, Founder of the Bronx Mutual Aid Network, Marjorie Velázquez, City Council Member Elect, District 13, and Cheryl K. Jones, Volunteer, New York Cares.  The workshop was led by Deneisha Thompson.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 20, 2021

Your Ballot, Your Voice, Your Vote

Attendees learned what will be on the November 2nd General Election Ballot, about the 5 ballot measures, and why it is important to vote on them. The workshop was led by Deneisha Thompson and featured guest speaker  Fulvia Vargas-De Leon from Latino Justice.

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

Unleashing Your Voice

Attendees participated in improv-based and public speaking activities to empower them to express themselves with confidence, conviction, and authenticity with Jasmine Wilson.

Participants learned and practiced the fundamentals of storytelling and discussed the challenges and resources to strengthen their skills.

THURSDAY JUNE 17, 2021

Election Season is Here: Come & Learn What’s New!

Attendees learned about ranked choice voting and participated in a Q&A and discussion about voting and elections. The workshop was led by Deneisha Thompson and featured guest speaker Aarati Cohly from DemocracyNYC.

Please see the Voting Resource Toolkit created by WCC, DemocracyNYC, and the New York City Civic Engagement Commission here.

THURSDAY MAY 20, 2021

Know Your Rights!

In this Civic Matters workshop, we took a short journey through the history of race and gender in politics in the United States to explain the roots of common inequities that impact women every day, provided information about one’s basic rights (like protesting and voting), and shared things one can do to contribute to meaningful change.

Please see the Know Your Rights toolkit here.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 21, 2021

Sip and Learn: Everyday Actions Everyone Can Take to Make Change

A fun and casual conversation about civics where attendees learned what it is, why it matters, and how they can make a difference in their families and communities. Participants were able to connect with other like-minded women and gain resources.

Please see corresponding civic engagement resources here.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 30, 2020

Voting Workshop

A discussion about issues surrounding voting, creating a voting plan, gaining knowledge about voting rights, and learning how to get involved in voter outreach and voter advocacy. Participants learned about the importance of voting, the role of voter suppression, and how to vote in 2020 and beyond.

Please find a corresponding resource for voting and participation here and a personalized NYC voting plan here.