Organizers in Training was a successful program running between 2011 and 2017. Today, we’ve revamped the program and rebranded it as the Transit Union Fellowship. This page will remain active in memory of a great program from OPAL’s past.


Every Summer, OPAL engages the young, dynamic organizers of the future in an intensive training program. Organizers-in-Training (OIT) combines Environmental Justice Theory, community field work, and transformational leadership development. We utilize the principles of a Just Transition and Environmental Justice to guide and inform our work.

The Summer 2017 Organizer-In-Training program is open to anyone 18 or older. This year’s program will run from June 26th to September 6th. The program will culminate with OITs participating in the Oregon Just Transition Assembly.

We prioritize emerging leaders from communities of color and low-income, and work to build leadership within those communities, which are so often shut out of decision-making. We apply a broad, challenging curriculum based in racial, social and environmental justice, including training on:

Environmental Justice

Campaign Planning

Story of Self

Power Analysis

And other aspects of engagement in grassroots organizing and campaigns.


Organizers in Training will use their preexisting and newly honed skills to actively lead efforts to improve the places where we live, work, learn, pray, and play.

We believe in building power at the community level and are excited to work with emerging leaders who are enthusiastic to do just that.

Each member of the OIT cohort will be paid throughout the program. Applications will be accepted through June 10th. Applications may be submitted in person at our office or by mail (Attn: OIT Application, 3202 SE 82nd Ave., Suite B, Portland, OR 97266), by mail, or electronically.

If you have any questions, please call at 503-774-4503 or email us at

Click here for a list of past OIT graduates.

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