The DNC last month announced the launch of Organizing Corps 2020, a program to recruit, train, and pay students expecting to graduate by June 2020 and place them as field organizers in key states during the general election.
The program launched in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — focusing on students from communities of color who have been traditionally underrepresented among political campaign staff.
With a structured college-to-career pipeline for organizing, Organizing Corps 2020 will recruit juniors in the spring of 2019 from colleges, including HBCUs, in a number of states where Democrats fell short in 2016 and need to be competitive in the 2020 general election.
These students will work on state party priorities in an eight-week, on-the-ground training program with campaign veterans who will teach them critical organizing and campaign skills such as voter registration, data analysis, and digital organizing.
After the training program, corps members will return to their campuses and communities to put their organizing skills to work. By May 2020, nearly 1,000 Corps members will graduate ready to help elect our eventual Democratic nominee and Democrats up and down the ticket in several key 2020 states.
Corps members can earn $4,000 while gaining valuable career skills in leadership, project management, and communication and experiencing the exciting and rewarding field of campaign work.
The program kicks off with a five-day national training led by campaign veterans, where corps members will learn key skills in field and digital organizing and data analytics. For the remaining 7 weeks, corps members will, with the help of a coach, return to their home communities and work with their local Democratic Party to turn their training into on-the-ground learning through action – organizing neighborhoods and registering voters.
Organizing Corps 2020 will recruit students from seven states that are crucial in providing a pathway to 270 with four key characteristics — these are states that are not traditionally a major focus in the primary season; have had close margins in the past; will benefit from skilled field staffing; and have an expanding electorate.
Here is how you can help!
Do you know anyone who would be interested in being an Organizing Corps Member?Help us find applicants (students — ideally juniors) all across these states by sending them here:www.organizingcorps2020.com
Do you know anyone who would be interested in taking on a leadership role and be an Organizing Corps ‘Ambassador’ or ‘Captain’ on a campus? Ambassadors are students (can be any age), on-the-ground recruiters, promoters and hype people for Organizing Corps 2020. Ambassador applicants should apply here:orgcorps2020.com/ambassadors