Organizing Corps 2020

Organizing Corps 2020 is an unprecedented, multi-million dollar investment by the DNC and progressive partners that will recruit, pay, and train young people to work on the 2020 presidential cycle, starting this year.

  • The program will ensure the eventual Democratic nominee has the support of hundreds of homegrown field organizers ready to hit the ground in key battleground states and help win the White House in November 2020.

  • Organizing Corps 2020 will help build the campaign organizing infrastructure needed to defeat Donald Trump, while investing in the next generation of Democratic leaders — focusing on students from communities of color who have been traditionally underrepresented among political campaign staff. Organizing Corps 2020 will build a powerful pipeline of young talent.

Context

  • With the historic size of our Democratic primary field, the eventual nominee will need a strong organizing game already in place to defeat Donald Trump.

  • To build a bench advantage, we must proactively recruit and develop a field force of organizers for the general starting earlier than previous cycles — with a particular focus on diversity and local talent.

  • In 2016, we lost MI, PA, and WI by less than 80,000 votes.

  • It is critical for long-term party building that we are building a pipeline of young, local, diverse talent who will join campaigns, run for office, organize in their communities and become leaders within the party infrastructure.

Program Highlights

  • The DNC and state Democratic parties in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, in partnership with 270 Strategies and The Collective PAC, have launched Organizing Corps 2020.

  • The application deadline for the first wave is April 8, and the summer 2019 program runs from June 10, 2019 – August 2, 2019.

  • The Organizing Corps 2020 program includes:

    • A five-day national training kickoff in Atlanta led by campaign veterans, who will teach students to work on state party priorities and critical organizing skills, including voter recruitment and management, data analysis, and digital organizing tactics;

    • For the remaining seven weeks, Corps members will, with the help of a coach, return to their home communities and work with their local Democratic Party to turn their training into on-the-ground learning through action – organizing neighborhoods, empowering volunteers, and registering voters.

  • After this summer’s training program, Corps members will return to their campuses and continue to organize until graduation when the general election ramps up.

  • In the winter of 2020, Organizing Corps will launch a second program for non-college students who are interested in joining the general election.

  • By May 2020, nearly 1,000 trained Corps members will be ready to join the general election campaign to help elect the Democratic nominee in some key 2020 states.

Recruitment

  • Organizing Corps 2020 will recruit students from seven crucial states that provide a pathway to 270 and meet four main criteria:

    • These are states that are not traditionally a major focus in the primary season;

    • Have had close margins in the past;

    • Will benefit from scaled field staffing;

    • Focusing on communities of color is a big part of the electoral strategy for these states and therefore campaign staff should reflect the communities that have an expanding electorate.

  • Corps members can earn $4,000 gaining valuable career skills in leadership, project management and communication while experiencing the exciting and rewarding work of campaigns.

Lucas Acosta
@LucasRAcosta
Director of Broadcast Media
Democratic National Committee
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