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OFA fall fellows will spend six weeks learning how to tackle problems in their communities, while building their leadership skills.

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  • Organizing through heartaches

    Last weekend, as OFA coaches around the country welcomed a new class of fellows, one group in Philadelphia worked through pain and heartache to become even closer as an organizing family.

    It’s rare for any grassroots organizing meeting, presentation, or event to go off without a hitch, but sometimes working through those hiccups and heartaches is what brings us even closer together.

  • Community leaders unite for OFA Coaches Huddle

    Organizers and community leaders from around the country joined together in Chicago for a weekend of leadership training, challenging conversations, and fun!

    What does true leadership look like? How can organizers with different strengths and weaknesses identify the most effective strategies for their own leadership? And how can we improve our leadership skills to expand equity in both our own personal relationships and our communities as well?

    These are just some of the tough questions OFA leaders tackled this past weekend.

  • Welcome, fellows!

    OFA's 2017 summer fellowships just kicked off in more than 20 states across the country, from Pennsylvania to Oregon—bringing hundreds of new organizers together to create change in their communities.

    If you need some inspiration in the midst of a seemingly endless cycle of anxiety-inducing news stories, look no further than OFA's latest class of summer fellows. The summer fellowship just got started, and for the next six weeks, they'll be developing organizing skills and building local networks to lead the call for change in their own communities. Check out what they had to say and follow along their journey.

  • OFA welcomes more than 650 new fellows

    We're not just organizing for right now—we're building this movement for the fights to come. These brand new OFA fellows are in it for the long run.

    Over the last two weekends of trainings, more than 650 inspiring change-makers have officially joined the OFA Fellowship. Those are 650 people, sprinkled throughout the country, who aren't just talking about what needs changing—they're gearing up and getting trained to actually do something about it. See what these passionate organizers are up to.

  • Welcome to OFA's newest mentors!

    New OFA fellows managers and campus coaches from across the country met up recently in Chicago for a "coaches huddle," where they leaned on each other to prep for a spring full of training new organizers.

    Last weekend, 46 leaders from 24 states—passionate volunteers that have stepped up to manage Community Engagement Fellowship participants and mentor students in OFA's Campus Academy—huddled together in Chicago to get trained on the tools and best practices they'll need to make their programs a success.

  • Campus Organizing Summit - San Francisco: Learning beyond the classroom

    Following the most recent OFA Campus Organizing Summit, the latest crew of student organizers is fired up and ready to bring change to their communities.

    College campuses bring together students from all different backgrounds to learn from, engage with, and challenge one another—making them ideal settings for starting important conversations and organizing movements.

    That’s why OFA is training college students to turn their passion into action—it's our young people that will carry the torch for the fights to come. Empowering them with the tools and resources to start making a difference in their communities is vital to creating lasting change and will help to sustain this movement for years to come.

    Here's how the Campus Organizing Summit that just wrapped in San Francisco is another step toward doing just that.

  • OFA summer fellows take the reins

    Fresh off of a six-week fellowship program, a whole new set of graduates put their new organizing skills to the test in community engagement events across the country. Check out some of the inspiring highlights.

    Building a movement for change isn't easy—that's why these new graduates of the OFA Summer Fellowship spent six weeks training to become better organizers. Fellows from different backgrounds—and from regions all around the country—put their new skills to use, organizing local community engagement events around the issues that matter to them. Check out some of the highlights.

  • The next generation of field managers

    Twenty-six fellows are ready to pursue leadership positions in field management across the progressive movement.

    The progressive movement needs skilled organizers on the front-lines. See how OFA's Field Management Professional Fellowship is equipping the next generation of organizers with the skills and tools they need to run effective organizing programs.

  • The OFA Fellowship program continues to grow

    This fall, chapters nationwide welcomed a new class of organizing fellows to the OFA family.

    You might think that seeing the same thing over and over again would make it less inspiring. But when it comes to OFA fellows, it's just the opposite.

    The newest class of budding organizers is off to a great start. See what they're up to.

  • Onward: A former OFA Professional Fellow lands a dream job

    Christina recently graduated from OFA's inaugural Professional Fellowship program, Here's what she's up to now

    Read how a former OFA professional fellow used OFA tools and trainings to land a job fighting for a great cause.

    Starting out as long-time volunteer with OFA in California, Christina soon became an OFA digital lead, and then a regional digital co-lead, and then building on her skill set to become a digital professional fellow.

    Anyone can become an organizing rockstar too. All you have to do is get started.

  • Training the next generation of digital leaders

    The first of four tracks of the OFA Professional Fellowship has come to an end. Get the inside scoop on the journey—and what comes next

    The OFA Professional Fellowship is a training and educational program that seeks to cultivate high quality talent by developing the skills of mid- and senior-level staff throughout the progressive movement—and it just wrapped up the inaugural track.

    Check out the first graduating class, who focused on improving their digital organizing skills.

  • Training organizers in the digital age

    Read how OFA is bringing digital organizing to volunteers across the country.

    Digital platforms are some of the most powerful tools organizers have at their disposal, and OFA is training the next generation of volunteers how to use them effectively.

    As a part of OFA's inaugural Professional Fellowship, participants are also learning how to plan and develop an effective digital campaign.

    Follow along on Twitter by checking out #OFAFellows, and learn more about the OFA Professional Fellowship. Applications are open for the Campus Organizing Management Track through August 1st!

  • "It was the honor of a lifetime"

    Meet Jennifer, an OFA fellow who got to introduce the President

    I've seen a lot of dreams made real since I started organizing, but as the daughter of two immigrants, nothing compares to how I felt watching my father pass pass his citizenship exam. That feeling is something I want others to experience, and it's what drives me to learn more and get better as a community organizer.

    Being an OFA fellow has allowed me to channel my inspiration from the stories of great leaders—and to meet one of those I most admire.

  • Meet Peggy

    Here's how one great organizer is making a difference in Utah.

    Everyone gets their start in organizing through a unique set of circumstances. For Peggy, that new direction wasn't an expected one—but now, she has no plans of going back.

  • Finding Inspiration

    My story of scouting, canvassing, and getting involved.

    I’ve been an organizer practically as long as I’ve been able to write my name. Everyone’s reasons for getting involved are unique—here’s my story.

  • Building the next generation of progressive organizers

    The OFA Fellows program creates leaders and difference-makers.

    Looking for a way to take the next step in the fight for progress?

    The OFA Fellows program is building the next generation of progressive organizers, providing individuals with the opportunity to gain new organizing skills and bring positive change to their local communities.

  • Now accepting: 2015 Spring Fellowship applications

    Now accepting: 2015 Spring Fellowship applications

    If you know a current or future community organizer, tell them to apply.

    The OFA Fellowship Program is all about giving organizers at all experience levels the tools needed to go out and make a difference in their communities.

    Whether you're a seasoned organizer or just getting your feet wet, this fellowship will make you better at what you do—guaranteed.