Training for Social Action Trainers (TSAT) March 2020

The Cooperative Economic Alliance of NYC (CEANYC) is pleased to host Training for Change (a Philly-based social justice facilitation and training nonprofit) to offer their 3-day Training for Social Action Trainers (TSAT) session for CEANYC members and allies.

Want to level up your skills as a facilitator or trainer, or improve how your co-op, solidarity economy enterprise, or social justice organization engages people in decision-making, operations, or programs? This training is for you. Join with other organizers and solidarity economy practitioners to learn participatory and popular education techniques for workshops, trainings, and even meetings. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, the TSAT is designed to help you sharpen your skills and bring new tools to your group. 

All applicants must be available at all training dates listed below — Training for Change does not allow for partial attendance in this experiential workshop. All events will be held in Manhattan near multiple transit lines.

  • Thursday March 12th 6pm-10pm
  • Friday March 13th 9am-9:30pm
  • Saturday March 14th 9am-3pm

CEANYC has a commitment to making its programming accessible. Cost is sliding scale: CEANYC members $200 – $500 and non-members $350 – $750.  Vegetarian meals and snacks are provided each day. Interpretation and childcare are available upon request.

Applications must be received by February 15th. CEANYC members and those who apply by Feb 15th will be prioritized. Seating is limited, so don’t wait!


Matthew Armstead works at the intersections of art, spirituality, and social change and lives in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Matthew founded and directs Culture Work Studios, a hub for community events, training, and artistic creation. Matthew has recently trained Black Lives Matter activists, B Lab executives, Amnesty International USA staff, Canadian Labor Council organizers, Unitarian Universalist ministers, United Nations advocates from the Sexual Rights Initiative, and many others.

Matthew has organized for environmental justice, racial justice, LGBTQ liberation, and accountability among masculine-identified people. Matthew serves as a core trainer with Training for Change – a global grassroots activist training organization.

Nikki Marin Baena 

Nikki Marín Baena comes from a Colombian family and grew up in Paterson, New Jersey.  She has lived in several small towns throughout Appalachia, following textile mills with her family.  This personal experience fuelled her interest in international trade policy and its effects on individuals.  She has a longtime interest in cooperatives and has worked at Firestorm Cafe and Books, a worker-owned cafe in Asheville, NC and Weaver Street Market, a hybrid cooperative grocery store composed of both worker and consumer members in Carrboro, NC. She has worked as a co-op developer focusing on groups of immigrant women, a co-op loan officer traveling the US South, and currently works a day job as the finance director at Mijente, a Latinx political organizing hub while also organizing with Siembra NC, a Latinx basebuilding organization based in the Triad of NC.  She enjoys playing with her one-year-old baby, Clara, and making weird public art installations with her crew at Empanada Consulting.

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