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Be an Organizing Fellow.

Organizing Fellows will assist the Organizing Department in creating new volunteer teams and supporting the continued capacity development of existing teams nationwide. Fellows will learn and hone vital field organizing skills with the guidance of seasoned campaign operatives with a combined two decades of experience in advocacy and electoral organizing. All work is performed remotely. Time commitment is 5.5 hours per week, including two 30-min calls each week. Specific work schedule is flexible. $700 stipend.

Be a Student Organizer.

Sister District Student Organizer Phonebank Camp! August 9-29, 2021

Application

  • To apply, fill out the Application Form deadline to apply is July 28
  • 6 Phonebank Leaders will be accepted
  • Acceptance offers will be sent July 29
  • Indicate on the form if you are connected to an existing Sister District team through friends or family

Camp Key Dates

  • Program runs August 9 – August 29
  • Wrap Party Graduation Ceremony August 29

Program Key Goals

  • Students to acquire and hone orientations, skills, and approaches for leading great phonebanks
  • Prepare students for staff and volunteer roles on campaigns and electoral-focused field programs
  • Provide meaningful field support to state legislative candidates

Program Overview

Every electoral organizer needs to know how to run a phonebank. Knowing how to run an excellent phonebank (and knowing what makes it excellent) will help you land that campaign role and enable you to make an outsized impact for your candidate. Phonebank Leaders will prepare for and attend two 60min phonebank classes, attend two different phonebanks and co-host one phonebank in our system, and attend staff office hours to prepare to guest host one phonebank in our system in week three.

Week 1

  • 2hrs prep material review
  • Attend 60min Orientation Call 
  • Attend 60min Phonebank Leader 101 class (lecture format)
  • Confirm individual phonebank join, co-host, and host plan with staff

Week 2

  • Attend two phonebanks in the Sister District system as a phonebanker
  • Co-host one phonebank in the Sister District system
  • Attend 60min Phonebank Leader 102 class (discussion/Q&A format)

Week 3

  • Attend one staff office hour check-in for final preparation to run phonebank
  • Run a phonebank! Guest host an existing phonebank with staff/team support
  • Wrap Party Graduation Ceremony with awarding of Phonebank Leader License
  • Submit quantitative program evaluation form

If we like your work, you’ll be encouraged to apply to be an Organizing Fellow for the fall 2021 term. The camps end with a Wrap Party Graduation Ceremony! All meetings, classes, office hours, and phonebanks are virtual over Zoom — must have laptop/desktop and solid internet connection for Zoom video meetings. Expect some friendly competition and prizes.

College and High School Democrat Affiliates

What is a Sister District Affiliate?

A Sister District Affiliate is an independent group like a College or High School Democrats chapter that supports Sister District candidates as a complement to its other progressive activities.

Maximize Your Impact.

A few thousand calls isn’t even a drop in the bucket on a presidential campaign, but could make the difference in state legislative races sometimes decided by hundreds of votes. And trickle-up voting is very much a thing – if we help get voters to the polls for a down ballot candidate, those votes almost always trickle up. The converse is true to a lesser extent, sadly.

How does being an Affiliate work?

1. Your chapter designates 1-2 of its leaders to be “HQ Liaisons” to interface with Sister District staff and coordinate actions

2. Fill out the Affiliate Interest Form and staff will be in contact

3. Sister District assigns candidates to your chapter to support over the entire election cycle. The amount of that support is up to you. We hope you’ll devote whatever time and energy you can to helping those candidates!

4. Liaisons receive a twice-monthly email newsletter with ideas and resources for actions

5. Your chapter can easily plan and execute actions such as phonebanks or textbanks using Sister District infrastructure and staff support

Sister District’s full array of field and fundraising activities are available to Affiliates, and most activities can be conducted remotely, in line with social distancing during COVID-19. All of our action items are developed in coordination with the campaigns so you know that it’s exactly what the campaigns need.

Why be an Affiliate with Sister District?

With your existing group infrastructure of passionate, enthusiastic and driven student activists, College and High School Dems chapters are in a position to make an outsized impact for state legislative candidates and drive votes to Dems up the ballot in 2020. Additional reasons to focus on states and become an Affiliate with Sister District include:

Experience.

If your members are interested in pursuing work in policy or on campaigns, focusing on the state level shows you’re savvy and thinking strategically in paying attention to politics beyond the national level.

Open Up Possibilities.

If we like your work, you’ll be fast-tracked for consideration to be an Organizing Fellow. This is a selective program that enables Fellows to gain valuable experience and training in highly consequential races. We bring on several Fellows per quarter on a part-time basis; a small stipend is provided. See full description here.

About Sister District

Our Programs Work To:

  • Win elections
  • Develop Legislators
  • Support Organizers
  • Educate and Empower Communities

Since launching in the wake of the 2016 elections, the Sister District Project has grown to over 50,000 volunteers across the country. Our volunteers have raised over $3.6 million in small-dollar donations directly to candidates, and reached out to over 3 million voters via phones, doors, postcards, and texts. For a more detailed look at our work last year, check out our 2020 Impact Report.

We’re also proud to be an organization founded and led by women, including women of color. Four out of five of us quit our jobs to be with Sister District full time.

Electoral Program

Our flagship electoral program works to get Democrats elected to strategic state legislative seats by supporting campaigns with grassroots action. We “sister” volunteers from deep blue districts with carefully targeted races in swing districts, where flipping control of the state legislature will advance progressive policy. Our volunteers canvass, phonebank, write postcards, textbank, and fundraise for candidates. We welcome volunteers and candidates of all genders.

We have a strategic, targeted focus on

(1) flipping Republican-held state chambers

(2) holding fragile Democratic majorities in state chambers, and

(3) making blue inroads in badly gerrymandered states.

Read more about our Strategy.