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Application: Building Power to Win - Elections and Beyond
In the past year we witnessed numerous powerful progressive wins in historically red districts from Kentucky to Virginia, in large part because of deep and long-term community organizing connected to electoral campaigns. There is tremendous possibility to influence change when we organize to harness the power of our communities to win electoral power and build self-governance. How do we leverage this political moment to build power for our community organizing so that our wins aren’t just a flash in the pan, but serve long-term transformation and power-building? Join us for a 9-month leadership hub for electoral organizers working on local and state-wide campaigns.

This 9-month training cohort and coaching program will create long-term leadership infrastructure that builds power within disenfranchised communities, to put grassroots folks in top positions and hold our public officials accountable. Each month we will offer a training focused on crucial skills. Cohort members will receive deep support from the facilitators as they grapple with organizing in their communities and train leaders in what they are learning. Coaching will be offered monthly to deepen support for your leadership and growth. Meeting in a cross-state cohort will help us establish trust between groups working in different states, so that we can learn from different strategies and support each other.

Through this cohort you will build your skills and capacity to grow a strong and engaged volunteer base in your state, increasing voter turnout to 75%. Most importantly, this will continue to build strength and issue-based empowerment for rural, low-income and marginalized people through 2022 and beyond. We have experienced that success depends upon gathering committed, issue-focused groups to participate within the targeted states and organizing the volunteers and trainers to incorporate long-term voter registration and GOTV efforts into their program. This will build long-term sustainable community power beyond a single election.

You will experience training and coaching on:
- Vision and goals: a long-term vision, a one-year vision and achievable one-year goals
- Messaging: connecting to issues people care about and are already working on
- Listening project: we want to know what people are facing in different areas across the country and what matters to them
- Canvassing: how to do it in rural areas
- Voter registration/GOTV: nuts and bolts
- Language & Materials Development: it matters what words we use
- Building a volunteer program: finding volunteer leadership that will stay for the long-term and how to support volunteer leaders
- Storytelling: creating compelling messages based on our own experience
- Voter forms and list management: materials and templates
- Legal issues: how to deal with voter suppression

Participants will gain::
- Actionable skills to strengthen electoral campaigns
- A significant increase in voter engagement for your campaign
- A deep community of practice, learning and support
- Coaching and peer support through organizing challenges
- Leadership development for your campaign and beyond

- Attend one 2.5 hour training every month
- Attend one 1-hour group coaching session every month
- Optional: 6-8 hrs per month training up other volunteer leaders

- Complete the form below to apply
- Applications are due by February 24th
- All applicants will be notified by March 1st

Participation is sliding scale, from full cost to full stipend, depending on your access to resources. Please select a level of the scale that works for you at the end of the application. This will not effect your acceptance.

If you have questions about the program or would like more information, contact us at
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Tell us about what your group is working on. What is your role? What issue(s) are you supporting? What are your goals for 2020? *
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What context are you working in? For example: demographics (race, class, education), rural / suburban / urban, conservative / liberal / progressive? *
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How many volunteers do you work with? How many do you want to participate in a civic engagement strategy? *
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Please be mindful that if you choose a level at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford to pay for your participation, you are limiting access to those who truly need support to access this program.
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