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Want to make change? Check out Field Corps.

May 28, 2010

ServeNext.org uses the power of grassroots action to advance service, AmeriCorps, and social innovation as strategies to tackle our most pressing social challenges and strengthen our democracy.  To take our work to the next level we are launching our most ambitious effort to date and looking for great people to be a part of it: in 2010 ServeNext will select and train its inaugural class of ten Field Corps Organizers to lead grassroots efforts in their communities.

The program aims to develop selected participants into well-trained and well-connected organizers that build and lead local networks of constituents.  These networks will unite stakeholders from across the service movement: community volunteers, nonprofit staff and leadership, AmeriCorps alumni, teachers who work with service and service-learning programs, recipients of service, local business leaders, youth and seniors in service, faith-based community, college students, and more.  The goal is simple: use collective grassroots action to elevate the voice and visibility of service and social innovation so more people serve and key leaders across all sectors understand the value of these fields.

Program Details
Field Corps is a selective, six-month program designed to fit the schedules of working professionals.  We are looking for a cohort with diverse backgrounds, community leadership abilities and ambitions, eager to gain new skills and relationships, and, of course, passionate about service and social change.

Core activities of Field Corps Organizers include:

  • Build, manage, and mobilize a volunteer network of 75-100 fellow constituents and a local leadership council of 3-5 active community members.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with local leaders in politics, business, media, faith-based, etc., as well as with partners in the service community.
  • Deliver presentations and lead meetings about the service and social innovation movements.

Benefits for Field Corps Organizers include:

  • Receive extensive training in areas such as communications, strategic planning, community organizing, online outreach and new media strategies, legislative advocacy, electoral engagement, and more. This will take place at the retreat and through distance one-on-one training during the six month program.
  • Make extensive connections with a wide-range of leaders and community members.
  • All expenses paid trip to the Field Corps training retreat in Washington, DC. from August 20-22, 2010.
  • A stipend of $1,500.

Program Requirements

  • Applicants must be available August 20-22, 2010 to travel to Washington, D.C. for the Field Corps training retreat (all expenses paid by ServeNext).
  • Applicants must possess a strong background in the service field OR a genuine passion for the role service can play in addressing social challenges and improving democracy.
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate a previous commitment to improving and serving their current communities.
  • While traditional community organizing experience is not required, experience organizing and motivating a group of people towards a common goal is.
  • Applicants must live in their current area of residence for the foreseeable future.
  • Organizers will need to commit about 10 hours per week between August 2010 and January 2011.

Key Program Dates

  • Field Corps’ 2010 cohort will begin in early August 2010 and finish at the end of January 2011.
  • Applications open on Thursday, May 6 and close on June 15, 2010 at 11:59PM EST.
  • Accepted applicants will be notified by mid-July.
  • Field Corps training retreat from August 20-22, 2010 in Washington, D.C. (all expenses paid by ServeNext).

Apply today!

If you know someone else that you think should apply, let us know! Nominate an organizer at servenext.org/nominatefieldcorps.  Please email apply [at] servenext.org with any questions.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Zach Maurin permalink
    June 6, 2010 8:42 pm

    Thanks for the post AA!

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