What Is the Union Foundations for Organizing Program? 

Every great leader is built by opportunities for growth and activism.

Union Foundations for Organizing (UFO) is a program designed for Indiana early career educators based on a national program run through the National Education Association intended to foster basic skills for activists in early career educators. Educators within their first seven years of the profession are invited to apply to participate in this program to learn about the foundations of being a union member, the role of unions, history of teacher unions and develop skills as a new union member.

Active members interested in applying should plan to commit to participating in both Phases I and II. Emphasis will be placed on building a diverse cohort class with diverse groups (women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and other) candidates encouraged to apply. 


This program is offered to ISTA members, who meet the qualifications, free of charge. Phase I and II programs, materials, overnight accommodations (with double-occupancy) and meals will be provided. The ISTA member, or their local, will be responsible for travel expenses. 

Union Foundations for Activists Training 

When applying, please place a hold on your calendar for the following training dates to be hosted in Indianapolis: 

  • Jan. 19 - 20, 2024
  • May 3 - 4, 2024
  • July 8 - 9, 2024

Phase I (2023 - 24)