This fall, re:power will host a public training series for campaign practitioners, organizers, and progressive organizations engaging in electoral work, including community organizing, political campaigning, voter protection, and voter outreach. Trainings will be held every Wednesday at 7:30pm ET, beginning on September 9 and ending on October 28.

There is so much at stake for our communities as we prepare for a momentous election while navigating the challenges of a global pandemic. Over the past few months, re:power has learned with and from those in the field about how to build the digital infrastructure and capacity needed in order to achieve voter outreach and contact goals. Re:power is excited to offer this training series to support campaigns and organizations in meeting the needs of this moment.

RESPONSE TO COVID-19: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, re:power has postponed all our in-person trainings for the foreseeable future to ensure the health and safety of our communities. It is becoming increasingly clear that organizing in the digital realm might be our only safe option for quite some time. As such, we are pivoting using our expertise in virtual training to ramp up our online offerings this Fall.

Intro to Digital Organizing

4 weeks (4 sessions)

What will we learn?

Participants will learn the fundamentals of digital organizing with an emphasis on the skills and tools needed for electoral campaigning. Core components of the course include Building Power Through Digital Organizing, Challenging Dominant Narratives, Writing Effective Emails, Mobilizing via Text Message, Growing Online Communities, and Digital Safety.

Sponsor:

Who is this course for?

  • Organizers and Communications folks who are new to the digital organizing landscape and want to learn the fundamentals of launching or maintaining a digital presence
  • Folks who are tasked to take their traditional organizing strategy and use it for online engagement due to COVID-19
  • Folks who work for organizations with a digital presence but would like to learn how to be in the role of digital organizing and engagement
  • Folks who would like to hone any of the skills listed above

Dates: September 9, 16, 23, 30

Days of the Week: Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:00PM ET

Application Deadline: Monday, August 24th. Applications will be selected on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis.

Cost: You’ll make a sliding scale contribution of $200 – 600.

Advanced Leadership—Women of Color Cohort

4 weeks (4 sessions)

What will we learn?

This is a learning community built by and for women of color. The cohort will focus on developing leadership in order to execute effective digital strategies in the field and prepare for post-election issue organizing and legislative advocacy.

Who is this course for?

  • Folks who have completed re:power’s Intro to Digital Organizing course, or equivalent, and are looking for ways to deepen their knowledge and skills
  • Folks who identify as women of color
  • Folks who want to be part of a community of learning and practice 
  • Folks who are pivoting their organizing and campaign strategy towards online engagement, due to COVID-19
  • Folks who are looking to engage in issue organizing and legislative advocacy post-election

Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28

Days of the Week: Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:00PM ET

Application Deadline: Monday, September 14th. Applications will be selected on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis. 

Cost: You’ll make a sliding scale contribution of $200 – 600.


Sliding Scale Contribution

We believe people with more wealth, privilege, and access to money—and who benefit from systems of oppression—should pay more.

If you work at an organization with more than 60 employees, please ask your employer to cover the full cost of this training. If there’s anything that would help you make the request, please reach out.

We know that this might be a new way of looking at things. Please reach out to digital@repower.org if you have any questions.

Candidates

Ideal applicants come from all walks of life, from seasoned organizers and campaigners looking to sharpen their skills, to beginners who are passionate about organizing and want to start their learning journey. Here are some attributes shared by all our applicants:

Technical Aptitude: Whether you have experience in organizing online or not, we are interested in organizers and campaign practitioners who want to rapidly develop their technical skills. 

Organizing Insight: You don’t need to be a professional politico, but we’re looking for applicants with experience doing organizing work on the ground. That work can be tied to grassroots, electoral, and/or issue organizing. We seek to support organizers who are currently part of a campaign effort or are seeking to build one.

Dedication to Inclusive Politics and Intersectional Solutions: At re:power, we center race, class, gender and sexuality across all our trainings – it’s part of our practice of inclusive politics. We want organizers to be open to new ideas regarding it and to the ideas and contributions from their fellow organizers who will reflect our diverse communities.

Technical Requirements

You will need a technological device capable of connecting to the Internet and downloading data. Windows machines, Macs and Unix boxes all welcome. We will be using Zoom and request that whenever possible, you turn on the video function.

What do people do with their re:power digital organizing training?

Re:power alumni have gone on to be national, regional and deputy data directors on presidential and national issue campaigns; engineers for grassroots organizations, non-profits, and tech companies; GIS and analytics directors for the White House and Federal Government; campaign managers, state directors, trainers and much more.

What’s the schedule? Can I come at different times each week?

We built this cohort with the busy schedules of activists in mind. Each session is offered once weekly on Wednesday evenings, from 7:30 to 9:00pm ET. We highly encourage you to participate in each session of the training series, as it will be the best opportunity to engage in the materials and discussion. Ultimately we understand the complex lives of organizers and people during the time of COVID, and so each session will also be recorded and available afterwards.

How much time should I expect to spend on the course?

Participants should set aside 2–3 hours a week for coursework—including attending live webinar sessions and connecting with peers.

Will we receive copies of the materials I saw in class?

Yes. Copies of the slides, handouts and other supplementary materials will be available to all trainees. We thank you in advance for your feedback.

I have a disability / need support or an accommodation.

We are dedicated to supporting all of our trainees in their learning. If you need an accommodation or additional support of any kind, please email digital@repower.org with “Accommodation Request” in the subject line and we’ll do what we can.

Past requests for support have included, but were not limited to: early access to materials, different colored hand outs, an alternative method for completing quizzes, requesting facilitators speak directly into the camera and more.

We believe in a future of inclusive politics where decisions about our communities are made by our communities at all levels.

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