Leadership Development

Our Leadership Development program is designed to build the knowledge and skills of young people interested in learning more about social justice, community organizing, and political advocacy. Through our Leadership Development program, we develop and empower young folks to become progressive leaders in their communities.

Interested in joining the program? Keep an eye out for our Spring Leadership Development Program application here!

 

About the Program

New Era staff and volunteers register photos

Learning and Developing Skills 

Topics will include, but are not limited to:

  • Foundational anti-racism learning and opportunities to deepen and practice anti-racist values and language
  • The history of organizing and movement-building
  • Skills for impactful organizing skills 

The issues that matter most to young people, particularly young people of color, as captured in the Youth Agenda.

Hands-On Community Organizing 

This program is designed to help participants grow into strong organizers through hands-on, peer-to-peer organizing. This includes working in teams to:

  • Build a powerful base of young people through campus and community tabling and prioritizing young people of color
  • Employ a variety of tactics (phonebanking, tabling, voter education, voter guide dissemination, and door-knocking) to mobilize our base to participate in political processes, including major elections
  • Provide critical support and accurate election information for voters 
  • Work towards local and statewide victories to advance and protect the issues that matter to young people

Who is this program for?

This position is intentionally built for people with little to no organizing experience. Our goal is to develop the next generation of organizers and leaders, so this role does not require any formal education or organizing experience. 

We are looking for applicants who are:

  • Enthusiastic about organizing and mobilizing young people to participate in political processes
  • Ready to have face-to-face conversations with young people to inspire action
  • Committed to anti-racism and continuously learning
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to meet challenges with a solutions-mindset
  • Committed to progressive values, like freedom and equity

Students at the following campuses are especially encouraged to apply: 

  • University of Colorado Denver
  • Community College of Denver
  • Metropolitan State University
  • University of Colorado Boulder 
  • Colorado State University 
  • University of Northern Colorado 
  • University of Denver 
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Western Colorado University 
  • Colorado College

Not a student? Don’t stress; you don’t need to be in order to participate in the Leadership Development Program.

About the
Program

New Era staff and volunteers register photos

Learning and Developing Skills 

Topics will include, but are not limited to:

  • Foundational anti-racism learning and opportunities to deepen and practice anti-racist values and language
  • The history of organizing and movement-building
  • Skills for impactful organizing skills 

The issues that matter most to young people, particularly young people of color, as captured in the Youth Agenda.

Hands-On Community Organizing 

This program is designed to help participants grow into strong organizers through hands-on, peer-to-peer organizing. This includes working in teams to:

  • Build a powerful base of young people through campus and community tabling and prioritizing young people of color
  • Employ a variety of tactics (phonebanking, tabling, voter education, voter guide dissemination, and door-knocking) to mobilize our base to participate in political processes, including major elections
  • Provide critical support and accurate election information for voters 
  • Work towards local and statewide victories to advance and protect the issues that matter to young people

Who is this program for?

This position is intentionally built for people with little to no organizing experience. Our goal is to develop the next generation of organizers and leaders, so this role does not require any formal education or organizing experience. 

We are looking for applicants who are:

  • Enthusiastic about organizing and mobilizing young people to participate in political processes
  • Ready to have face-to-face conversations with young people to inspire action
  • Committed to anti-racism and continuously learning
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to meet challenges with a solutions-mindset
  • Committed to progressive values, like freedom and equity

Students at the following campuses are especially encouraged to apply: 

  • University of Colorado Denver
  • Community College of Denver
  • Metropolitan State University
  • University of Colorado Boulder 
  • Colorado State University 
  • University of Northern Colorado 
  • University of Denver 
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Western Colorado University 
  • Colorado College

Not a student? Don’t stress; you don’t need to be in order to participate in the Leadership Development Program.

Join the Fellowship

The 14-week paid Leadership Development Fellowship is an introduction into organizing that equips participants with hands-on experience and foundational knowledge to become a strong progressive organizer! 

This program is designed for folks who are new to organizing; fellows will work on a team to directly organize young people to build progressive youth power, while participating in leadership development programming that develops their skills and foundational knowledge of topics including campaign planning, the history of community organizing, storytelling, professional development and more! 

Fellows will be active participants in New Era’s 2022 Leadership Development program, which will include regular training, educational experiences, professional development, and coaching. 

If you are…

  • new to organizing, politics, and advocacy
  • are looking for an opportunity to learn more about political engagement
  • a young person or young person at heart
  • are excited by the progressive power of our generation

… then this program is for you!

Volunteer with New Era

Interested in engaging young people in the political process but the Leadership Development program isn’t the right fit? Join our efforts as a volunteer

Volunteers are welcome to attend any of our trainings and programs, including those captured in the Leadership Development Program, for free. 

We have no commitment to a minimum of volunteer hours and work with volunteers to engage at any level that works for them. Fill out this form to learn more

On the fence about applying, or just want to hear more? Email us at info@neweracolorado.org so we can get in touch with you!