This course is currently accepting registrations for our fall 2022 classes to be held from September 18th through November 19th.

Our Consent, Gender, Power class is an opportunity for community educators, advocates, care providers, and people impacted by gender based violence to explore the roots of violence and frameworks of prevention and response. Through this course we dive into the history, power dynamics, and systems that perpetuate and uphold gender based violence as well as strategies and tools to practice consent, healing, and harm reduction. Research has shown that in order to address sexual and intimate partner violence through restorative and transformative justice, facilitators must be equally trained in restorative / transformative justice practices AND the intricacies of gender based violence (Center for Court Innovation).

This course can pair with our Transformative Justice course to give you the toolkit you need to address this widespread and deeply personal type of violence. Other practitioners who are addressing sexual and intimate partner violence through crisis response work, shelters, advocacy, peer education, healthcare, and the criminal legal system can also take this course on it’s own to skill up on values driven tools and analysis that can strengthen their practice without needing to take a deeper dive into Transformative Justice.

At Spring Up we are deeply engaged in the work of preventing and responding to gender based violence (the violence we all experience rooted in the gender binary). We have been teaching consent education since 2014. Our first curriculum was an intersectional analysis of the root causes of gender based violence that we facilitated with campus based coalitions and organizers. In 2019 we ran a 6 month Consent Fellowship with youth organizers from South Florida to share community based strategies to prevent and respond to gender based violence. Over the years we have adapted our curriculum based on community questions, feedback, and spaces of collaborative imagination. Through this 8-week course, you can now get access to the tools and frameworks we have come to rely on in our practice of consent including an in depth analysis of the roots and causes of gender based violence, as well as strategies to practice gender liberation, consent, and healing.

The Details

This cohort will be made up of pairs and groups - this means you and a learning partner or you and a group from your life all need to individually register for the course and commit to going through the content together. This is because we have found that learning and healing cannot happen in isolation and folks are much more likely to bring what they learn back to their communities if they have accountability buddies who know them and their context enough to have deep conversations about how what you are learning applies to your lives and community. We do also accept groups of people who want to go through the course together rather than a pair. If you have a group of six (6) or more who would like to take this class as a group, fill out the interest form at timetospringup.org/collaborate - for all groups of six (6) or more, you will receive a private opening and closing Q+A with members of our team.

Throughout the course, there will be eight (8) weeks of course content, plus an individual coaching session, comment moderation on the platform, and a community mixer. After those 8 weeks are complete, you will continue to have access to the content for a full year so you can dive deeper and continue your reflections. Many participants share that it was helpful for them to let go of a perfectionistic desire to get through all the content during the 8 weeks, and instead to embrace the element of choice in exploring 1-3 resources per week with an intention to return to the content throughout the year that they had access.

Participants will get access to:

  • An asynchronous opening Q+A experience where you can submit questions and see answers to our most common questions.
  • A live closing question & answer session with Spring Up team members; to discuss what you learned and answer any remaining questions at the end of the 8 week experience.
  • A print copy of Spring Up’s accompanying Consent workbook and the Millennial Sex Education book of fictional short stories will be sent to you in the mail (including for international students).
  • A private coaching session with our care coaches.
  • 7 modules of online content, each to be released weekly. Each module has about 2 hours of content to review including journaling and reflection prompts. All videos included have closed captions.
  • Spring Up team members will be attuned to our online platform with the ability to respond to questions and comments left under the various resources and modules. We also encourage you to respond and engage with each other! The community is full of wisdom and is just as much about building lateral relationships between students as learning from Spring Up.
  • You will have access to the course content for one year, and can choose to renew your access for a lower fee at that time if you choose to.
  • The opportunity to share a reflection at the end of the course that will be added into the content for future cohorts - these could be written, drawn, recordings, or whatever feels supportive to you!
  • If you complete the content including leaving at least one comment on each module, plus complete a closing reflection during the course timeframe, you will receive a free surprise gift in the mail from us at Spring Up!
  • Two community mixers to bring together students from the courses to be scheduled.

We are currently accepting registrations, with an early registration deadline of July 28th, and will close registration by September 2nd. If we fill all of the spots, we may close registration early. If you do not have a buddy registered by September 2nd, we will pair you with two other participants to go through the course with. You will need to introduce yourself on the platform, and complete an intake survey including identifying your buddies (or the need to be paired with a buddy) by September 9th.

This course is offered at a sliding scale between $200 and $400 per person. The actual cost is $300. You are welcome to pay this upfront or in three installments. We are not a nonprofit, we are a network of practitioners who do this work balanced with other commitments and grassroots support makes this work sustainable for us. If you would need a scholarship to be able to participate please email [email protected] with the subject "scholarship" - scholarships are available upon request. Please propose what you would comfortably be able to pay in your scholarship request - no need to explain your circumstances. The minimum payment is $75 to cover materials and shipment, and a coaching session. If international students incur unforeseen taxes or fees for participating, they can request reimbursement for those fees by also emailing [email protected], with the subject "reimbursement." Although our team is based in the United States, we welcome participants from around the world and have alumni from numerous countries. At this time our content and resources are all in English - we are working on a translation to Spanish by 2023. You can request translation to other languages by emailing [email protected], with the subject "translation."

The bulk of this course is asynchronous / self guided with space for you to discuss the content with your learning buddy, other people in your life, or with other class participants.

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Spring Up is a collective of care workers, transformative justice practitioners, liberatory educators, and coaches practicing and teaching the liberatory arts here at bluelight academy. We cultivate a culture of consent and liberty for all through storytelling and popular education