Hello there. I am a community
organizer working with a national network of local community organizations
working toward social justice called the Direct Action & Research
Training (DART) center. I got your email address from the Codepink directory
and noticed you were the local contact for Gainesville Code Pink.
writing to send along information on a paid community organizing training
program for anyone interested in launching a career organizing around common
issues affecting low-moderate income communities like affordable housing,
quality public education, living wage, youth services, crime, etc. (see full
description of paid training below).
The DART Center has been
conducting a paid community organizer training program for the last four
years, and has enabled dozens of people to launch permanent salaried
positions in the field. It's an excellent opportunity for people interested
in grassroots, community organizing to gain paid training and then continue
on in the field.
Please let me know if you would be kind enough to
pass along the brief description below to friends, student
volunteers/interns, colleagues, list serves, field organizers, or to anyone
you know that might be interested in pursuing this line of work. Our
application deadline is right around the corner on January 1, 2006, so I
would appreciate any help you may be able to provide in spreading the word.
I am also attaching a one-page flyer in case that's helpful in any way in
spreading the word.
Thanks for your consideration and all that you
Ben MacConnell Recruitment Director Direct
Action & Research Training (DART) Center Ph: (785) 841-2680 Fax: (785)
841-0118 ben@... www.thedartcenter.org
to forward: Applicants Wanted for Paid Community Organizing Training
is now accepting applications for the 2006 DART Organizers Institute, the
paid, four-month field school for people interested in launching a career in
community organizing. Participants will undergo a combined classroom and
field training covering such topics as:
· Entering a community ·
Identifying and training local leaders · Strategic planning and issue
cutting · Relationship and community building · Direct Action on community
issues · Fundraising
The DART Center, has built coalitions throughout
the country that have won important victories on a broad set of justice
· Education reform in low-performing public
schools · Job Training · Drugs and Violence · Affordable Housing ·
Access to Healthcare · Living Wage · Neighborhood Revitalization,
The DART Organizers Institute combines a 7-day classroom orientation
with 15 weeks of infield training at a DART host organization. This is a
paid training program that includes: a $6,500 living stipend, transportation
to the classroom orientation and host city, and mileage reimbursement during
the infield training. Room, board, and tuition will also be paid by DART
during the 7-day classroom training. After successful completion of the
program, DART will work to place graduates into fulltime salaried positions.
Graduates from the four month DART Organizers Institute have gone onto
accept Executive Director and Associate Community Organizing positions
throughout the country. We continue to train the best of those working to
build the power of low-moderate income communities to win victories on
important issues in their community.
The program starts June 18, 2006
and runs through October 6, 2006. Training locations will include
placements in several states including Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Indiana,
Although it may be helpful, no direct experience is
necessary. Organizer Trainees (OTs) hired to participate in the DART
Organizers Institute must demonstrate a desire to pursue community
organizing as a long-term professional career. A master's degree or similar
life experience is preferred though unnecessary. Candidates must have a
college degree or be graduating prior to June 1, 2006. Also, candidates must
display a workmanlike diligence, be driven to produce sustained results,
have proven capacity to build relationships of trust, create and execute a
plan, act professionally, feel comfortable working with congregations, be
accountable and willing to hold others accountable, demonstrate disciplined
thought and action, and work in a team setting. OTs must also have access to
a car during their training and be flexible regarding relocation. Fluency in
Spanish/English is a plus and people of color are encouraged to apply.
To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to send your
resume to: Ben MacConnell, DART Network, 820 New York Street, Lawrence, KS
66044 or by email: institute@.... If
you have any questions, please call: (785) 841-2680. Also, you can download
applications or view profiles from previous OTs at the DART website: www.thedartcenter.org. The 2006 DART
Organizers Institute Application Deadline is January 1,
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