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Winter Organizing Academy


Do you have what it takes to be a great community organizer? Find out at the StudentsFirstNY winter organizing academy!

Do you believe that unequal access to a quality public education is one of the biggest social justice issues facing our country? Do you believe that all kids deserve to attend high performing public schools - whether traditional or charter public?

StudentsFirst NY is conducting a paid one month community organizing training academy to identify the next generation of organizers to join us in the fight to ensure that every child in New York City is able to access a quality education.

The month will be intense, think campaign hours (including nights and weekends). You will learn basic community organizing techniques - and then apply what you've learned in the field. Successful candidates will be goal oriented, outgoing, and committed to the idea that through organizing we can effect social change.

Candidates who successfully complete the training academy will be considered for full time employment. Preference will be given to applicants interested and available for full time employment post-academy.

To apply: please fill out our online application. Only candidates who are available for the full five weeks (January 6-February 9) will be considered for the program. The application deadline is December 21- but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Apply today!

Start date: January 6

Compensation: stipend of $2,000 for the month, monthly metrocard, and cell phone reimbursement

About StudentsFirstNY
StudentsFirstNY is building a grassroots movement of parents, teachers, students, administrators and concerned citizens mobilizing for one purpose: to put the laws, policies and leaders in place to provide every child in New York with a quality education.

We believe that we've been doing things the old way for too long. Pitting the interests of the grown-ups in the system against one another, for example, rather than focusing on real solutions. No one won. And students lost. Too many of our school schools, laws, policies, and practices are putting adult interests ahead of students. The results are seen in schools across the State that fail to provide our children with the tools they need to succeed. It's time for a new approach that puts students' interests at the center of education policy.

We will channel the energy of our members to produce meaningful results in Albany and in localities across the State. We will work with legislators and local leaders to create laws and policies that put the needs of students above any other interest in the system. We will push for reforms that will elevate the teaching profession and improve teacher and principal quality, empower parents and improve the governance and financial strength of school districts.

StudentsFirstNY is part of a national organization, StudentsFirst, that was founded in 2010 by former Washington D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. Across the country, its members have already helped pass more than 50 new policies in half a dozen states. We have helped improve education systems affecting millions of students. We're transforming public education to ensure great teachers and great schools for all of our kids.


· Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills, experience meeting deadlines, and the ability to manage many tasks simultaneously;
· Candidates must be self-motivated and willing to work long hours (including nights and weekends);
· Candidates must have the ability to communicate with diverse communities and leaders;
· Candidates will preferably have at least one election cycle of field organizing experience;
· Candidates will have proven time management skills;
· The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of New York City.
· A good sense of humor and a strong interest in and commitment to education reform is a must.

To begin your application, please visit this link and click "apply" at the bottom of the page.



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