Olympia 101: Citizen Orientation Training
Olympia 101 is the Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW) signature citizen orientation training to inform, equip and mobilize ordinary citizens for purposeful, authentic, and effective action in support of good public policy in Washington State. Olympia 101 accomplishes this by offering citizens the opportunity to learn about their state government through a unique, on-site, real-time, dynamic experience that uses the Capitol Campus as its “classroom.” Since introducing Olympia 101 during the 2013 Legislative Session, FPIW has had the privilege of investing in thousands of Washington citizens from across the state.
Olympia 101 trainings generally take place onsite at the State Capitol Campus in Olympia (map), and are facilitated FREE of charge by the Family Policy Institute of Washington. Some trainings that take place in the Legislative Interim are conducted in other areas of Washington. Visit the FPIW Events Calendar to find a training near you!
Olympia 101: How to Register
Olympia 101 is also offered periodically during the Legislative Interim, from June through October, including scheduled trainings and upon request. Please see the FPIW Events Calendar for the available dates or select your preferred training day upon registering for your free Olympia 101 training.
When you register, you will be given three options. You can register as:
2. Small group (2-6 people)
3. Large group (with 7 or more people coming)
Everyone is welcome! Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult or group leader.
Alternative Training Dates Available
- FPIW can not guarantee placement for groups of 7 or more people, including children, during a generally scheduled training. In the event that your preferred training date is full, you will have the option to choose alternative training days for your group.
Olympia 101: Navigate Your State Government
1. Confidently navigate your Capitol Campus, both inside and out
- Where to park – View Map
- How to ride the DASH, Thurston County’s complimentary Intercity Transit shuttle service that takes you everywhere you need to go in Downtown Olympia, from the Capitol Campus to the Farmer’s Market, cafes and shops, to area offices and parks
- How and where to reserve meeting space for both casual and official legislative business
- Where to eat lunch, buy a cup of coffee, purchase gifts or souvenirs, locate restrooms, accessibility options, etc.
2. Participate in the Legislative Process
- Where and how to utilize the bill resources available through Legislative Information Center
- How and where to testify at a legislative hearing
- How to read and track bills
- Using the tools available for citizens to effectively interpret and follow the legislative process
- Participating in grassroots networking activities
- How and where to receive advanced training
- Preparing citizens for leadership roles within their own circle’s of influence
“Living in Olympia most of my life I felt intimidated by the Capitol. Now I can walk through the doors, literally, that I felt were off limits. This whole thing has opened so many thoughts, doors and prayers.”
“I really appreciated the focus on God and how we can serve Him by praying for our leaders and getting involved in issues.”
“[Olympia 101] eliminated the intimidation of the law making process/passing process.”
“[Olympia 101 had] a different perspective to looking at [the] spiritual aspect of what is going on in the legislative process. This was very good.”
“Danille’s presentation was outstanding – very helpful!”