Become a Community Organizer with DART

Genevieve Agar – November 18th, 2016

Interested in pursuing a career in community organizing? Passionate about working on social-justice related issues? The Direct Action and Resource Training Center (DART) might be the perfect post-graduation opportunity for you.

If you missed their information session on Wednesday, November 16, we’ve recapped all the important information below.

Please make note that the deadline to apply for a job with DART is this Sunday, November 20, at 11:59pm! You can apply online at: http://thedartcenter.org/apply/

You can find lots of great information about DART on their website: http://thedartcenter.org/. In brief, DART seeks to build and develop community organizers with faith-based organizations across the country.

Here are some basic facts to keep in mind when applying to DART:

  1. You need no previous organizing experience to apply, only a willingness to work within a religious setting and discuss scripture as it relates to justice.

  2. It is a three-year commitment. While this might seem like a long time for young people, building community relationships and changing policy takes time, and the commitment will allow you to really become immersed in the work and the community.

  3. You don’t need to be religious to apply: DART described that while some of their organizers are religious, many are also simply frustrated with systems and problems and want to change them.

  4. DART is different than most non-profits: “Justice, not charity; organizing, not advocacy.” Instead of creating a program to help city residents or raising money for a public cause, DART works with the community to create sustainable change in the form of policy and funding changes. For example, instead of mentoring troubled youth, DART will work on holding the criminal justice system accountable. They also do not advocate for people--they assist and develop leaders in their own community to speak for themselves.

  5. DART receives none of its funding through the government or United Way. Why? As they are sometimes working to hold government accountable, they do not want a conflict of interest with their donors. Funding comes from private donors and congregations.

Have more questions about DART? Check out their website or contact Hannah at hannah@thedartcenter.org.