We know there aren’t many opportunities to gain experience organizing an assembly of thousands of people to address issues of justice in your city. That’s why we provide an intensive training for all organizers new to the DART Network — the DART Organizers Institute.
The DART Organizers Institute is the nation’s premier on-the-job training for faith-based community organizers. It begins with a four-day classroom orientation followed by five months of field training and a weekly reading and written curriculum related to the basic principles of community organizing. All parts of the Institute take place in each organizer’s respective city, so they begin building relationships in their community from day one.
Organizers are assigned to work with select religious congregations in order to expand participation at a major direct action where issues of justice are addressed. Skill development initially focuses on articulating the mission of the organization, intentionally developing relationships through one-on-one conversations, engaging leaders based on their personal motivations, time management, running effective meetings, building networks, long-term planning, working with clergy, and issue development.
Vocational development continues throughout an organizer’s career with an annual schedule of three two-day training and planning retreats, summer staff retreats, and joint regional staff trainings.