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A trillion-dollar tax scam. Endless schemes to sabotage our health care. A complete failure to address the epidemic of gun violence in this country. Thousands of undocumented youth left in limbo. Elected officials who have failed to represent us on the issues that matter most.
In 2018, we can do something about it.
We can elect representatives who share our values. We can pass important ballot measures in critical states. We can make huge strides in the fight to end gerrymandering. All of it is within our grasp, but it’s going to take a dedicated team.
OFA Team ’18 will bring together passionate individuals across the country to make a difference every day between now and November. You’ll be on the front lines of organizing efforts in key districts and states, turning grassroots energy into action. OFA will support you every step of the way, from key tactics training to plugging you into a local campaign.
You don’t have to be a political expert. You just have to be passionate about making a difference.
Team ’18 Leadership Development Program
OFA is seeking volunteers to join the Team ’18 Leadership program, which will bring together energized, experienced individuals from across the country who are ready to make a difference in the midterm elections this year.
If you’re passionate about developing as a leader, recruiting & coaching a team of new organizers, and representing OFA in collaboration with key campaigns in your community...this program is for you.
Each week, OFA will host Team ’18 Leadership development calls, where you will learn about key campaign tactics and take a deep dive into our latest leadership development curriculum.
This program combines traditional voter turnout trainings with innovative ideas around group dynamics, conflict resolution, meeting facilitation, how to be the best trainer, relational organizing, effective conversations, and more.
The ultimate goal: To give you the best leadership skills possible, so that you can work effectively with key local campaigns in 2018.
We will discuss traditional voter contact strategies with a lens towards why these strategies are effective.
On its own, pure technical knowledge rarely makes anyone a great leader. Instead, leaders must also know how to respond to situations and emotions in ways that are constructive to the parties involved. We’ll review Daniel Goleman’s, Ph.D (renowned psychologist, Harvard professor, and author of Emotional Intelligence) 12 components of emotional intelligence and then dive into Susan David’s (Harvard Medical School Psychologist and author of Emotional Agility) introduction and analysis of the concept of emotional agility. We’ll focus on how to intentionally address emotions, rather than becoming stuck in them or letting them rule our decision-making processes.
A jump beyond the traditional canvass script, we’ll look at how to effectively talk to voters in a candid two-way conversation in which we share significant experiences and reflect on them with voters we’ll be speaking to. You’ll need to employ non-judgement, active listening, and even vulnerability when speaking with voters. We will workshop ways to be able to talk to the largest amount of voters on their doorsteps and on the phones while still doing so effectively. We will think about questions like how to have conversations with undecided voters, as well as how to motivate sporadic voters to turn-out.
A different twist on telling your story, we’ll discuss sharing our personal story from the framework of identifying critical incidents in our life, the values that are important to us, and how we can share this in a way that resonates deeply for others. Ultimately, we will practice and tie this skill into the work we will be doing when talking to undecided or sporadic voters at the doors for our work in 2018.
A key part of being a leader on a local campaign is to be able to effectively run meetings and facilitate potentially tough group dynamics. We’ll talk about leading discussions and will review some key facilitation best practices to prepare you to be able to effectively lead trainings, debriefs, and general meetings.
To be able to effectively become a leader on your local campaign, you’ll need to be able to effectively train new volunteers on how to canvass and phonebank. The challenge is that we need to be able to train them effectively, while still making sure they’re talking to voters in the fastest amount of time possible. How will we hold short, effective trainings? And what are the best strategies to make sure that we’re keeping our volunteers engaged throughout the process?
We will go over team-building and recruitment strategies. We will discuss effective 1:1’s and recruitment calls, as well as share ideas on how to recruit. Additionally, we will discuss how to message effectively about holding representatives accountable in 2018 and the importance of the midterm elections.
In this session, we’ll look at your role as a Team ’18 leader and different group dynamics that may play out, particularly as your group begins to form its own roles: leaders, followers, “rebels”, mediators, or even scapegoats. We will be learning and applying ideas from Mary B. McRae and Ellen Short’s studies in their book, “Racial and Cultural Dynamics in Group and Organizational Life.” This will help you to understand the potential fault-lines within your group and how your group is developing.
OFA’s Get Out the Vote Training will prepare you and your team to be able to readily jump into turning voters out through becoming Staging Location Directors, Canvass Captains, and Phonebanks Captains at your local campaign HQ. You’ll learn about the key structure of a generic Get Out the Vote Question, the best tips and suggestions for running a staging location, how to train people to get out on the doors quickly and effectively, and finally, the questions you should ask your local campaign organizer so that you can best assist their campaign.
Any ask we make of others requires trust. In this training, we will go over ways you can establish trust with others quickly and genuinely, and compel others to act through understanding their interests and values.
Great coaches and mentors can change the trajectory of someone’s life. In our organizing work, we have many influential relationships where we can both coach and be coached. This session will provide tips for how to be the best coach possible to your organizers.
In fast-paced environments, we have the tendency to put our heads down and complete tasks as they come to us, without taking pause to ask, “Is this the right way to do this?” This training teaches the core tenants of how to think strategically, and apply this thinking to our organizing work.
Influential leaders across all sectors regularly take pause to reflect on lessons they are learning. In this reflective session, we will cover the foundations of transformative learning theory, learning as leading, and ask ourselves key questions to prompt personal growth.