• Getting Ready for Summer Organizer Class 2011

    I’m so excited to be welcoming our new class of summer organizers.

    By the time applications closed last week, thousands of people had applied. Staff in every state are reaching out to people, carrying out interviews and making offers to applicants to join the program this summer.

    Justin Wilkins, Tennessee State Director, has been talking to folks all week.

    The most exciting thing for me about these summer organizer interviews is talking with so many applicants across the state who have watched two years of incredible progress, seen ups and [downs]—and now with our future at stake, are willing to sacrifice so much this summer to build this movement again.

    Don’t worry if you applied and haven’t heard from us yet—we’ll be in touch over the coming days.

    The program officially kicks off the weekend of June 4th and 5th with an intensive training session for all the summer organizers in each state. It will be a whirlwind look at key organizing tactics and tools, including how to hold one-on-one conversations, how to organize a phone bank, and learning the story of the campaign—everything they’ll need to know to be a great summer organizer.

    This year’s class is shaping up to be an awesome group. Folks are young and old, coming from all walks of life. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they achieve.

    If you’re not part of the summer organizer program, there are lots of other ways you can be part of the campaign. Find out how you can get involved in your community.

    We’ll be checking in with some of the summer organizers in the coming weeks and sharing their stories here on the site. Make sure to check back to find out how organizers like Taylor and Char are getting on.

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