An invite from a STAND Alum:
As anyone who knows me can attest, I pretty much have the market cornered on enthusiasm. But there is nothing I am as enthusiastic about as student organizing. STAND students share that same enthusiasm. You’re dedicated beyond measure and willing to do the tough work to make your goals happen. Now, you can take your organizing to the next level and sustain your activism after college, by participating in the New Organizing Institute’s 2010 New Media BootCamp.
As a STAND alum myself, I can attest that the organizing I did in STAND equipped me with the tools to make it in the professional world of politics. As the 2007-2008 College Programming Coordinator, my involvement in planning and creating campaigns and events gave me invaluable experience in event planning, writing, fundraising, and strategy that I definitely wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else. My time in STAND proved to be the most significant experience on my resume when I applied for BootCamp 2009 with the New Organizing Institute. A week-long, all-expenses-paid training focused on training young progressives in the skills to run campaigns, BootCamp was a life-changing experience. During the day, we learned from the game-changing innovators in new media and organizing. At night, we worked into the wee hours on mock campaigns: superheroes for Mayor of DC. I have never been so dedicated to a win for Batgirl, the candidate of action and change. Even though we didn’t win the mock election, I did learn everything from how to build a website to how to write a field plan.
Nine months later, I’m back with NOI, this time as a Fellow. My primary job is to organize BootCamp 2010, which promises to be even better than last year. STAND students would be perfect for this kind of training, so if you’re a graduating senior, recent college grad, or just an amazing organizer looking for some new media training and employment, apply now! The training that you get at BootCamp will make you more competitive in the difficult job market, as well as connect you with people who are looking for exciting rockstars like yourself to work on campaigns or with civic engagement organizations. If you’re not ready for BootCamp this year, but know someone who would be perfect, recommend a BootCamper! The application deadline is April 30th, so don’t wait!