Essay Prompt #1:
Every day, policy decisions are made in cities around the country that deeply impact our lives. These decisions are often made in private by people representing powerful interests like banks, government, health care systems, utility companies and others. The power to influence decisions in this arena typically comes from two sources: organized people and organized money. When unorganized, certain populations such as minorities, children, elderly and low-income communities are largely left out of this decision making process. At DART, we believe this imbalance of power is the root cause for most of the problems that plague our communities (e.g., inadequate public schools, police brutality, predatory lending, crime, wasteful spending of tax money, unemployment, etc).
We encourage you to consider this statement, then answer ‘from your gut’ and in plain language, using 300-500 words, the following question: Why do you want to be a community organizer?
Essay Prompt #2
Using 300-500 words, describe your three most challenging accomplishments and explain how you were challenged by each one.