HOW TO BECOME A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER IN SEVEN EASY STEPS
Life is hard. Watching 10 minutes of the news is all it takes to get a tiny glimpse of the monumental suffering people endure on a daily basis. Rich or poor, young or old, average citizens in communities all over the country constantly wrestle with a myriad of seemingly insurmountable problems. If it’s not crime, it’s financial adversity. If it’s not injustice it’s political discord. Society feels like it’s permanently on the brink of collapse, and if it weren’t for the bravery of heroes such as Community! Organizers, all would be lost.
You can make a Difference:
Community Organizers are individuals who dedicate themselves to improving the communities they reside in. They do this by coordinating the efforts and resources of local people, in order to bring about desirable outcomes for their immediate surroundings. In a perfect world, all of society’s problems could be solved by government, or other prominent public institutions. But the truth is that government falls short, and institutions aren’t always in a position to help everyone proportionately. This is why Community Organizers are indispensable members of society. Where large agencies fall short, Community Organizers step in to save lives and foster constructive change. If all of this makes you feel like it takes special skills to ! be a Community Organizer, you are mistaken. The great news about community organizing is that anyone – any person – can do it. All it takes is love for your community, and willingness to step up and serve it. Here are a few tips on how to become an active Community Organizer:
1. Look Around:
The first thing to do when delving into community organizing is assessment. Explore your community in order to identify problems or issues of concern which need resolution. Don’t confine yourself to addressing one specific cause because there could be more complex variables to consider when trying to help people.
2. Learn, and Learn Some More:
On! ce you figure out specific problems you’re passionate about solving, it’s time to educate yourself civically. Do some academic research about your local government and figure out how to harmonize your intentions with their mandate. Learn about what you can and can’t do legally as a Community Organizer.
3. Start Small:
Before you dive into tackling controversial or ambitious projects as a Community Organizer, try volunteering on a small scale to get a feel for what it’s like to dedicate time in service of others. This will also acquaint you with local causes you may not have paid attention to during your initial brainstorming.
4. Get in Touch! :
When you’re ready to take things to the next level and get organized, build a team of like-minded local people who can discuss and contribute to your goals as an organizer. This is the first step in building relationships which can turn into productive coalitions in future.
5. Be Structured:
As you progress towards creating a movement in service of your community, remember to assemble your team in a formal way. Keep a calendar of meetings and make sure you convene in a professional manner. Give your team a name and draft a mission statement. Depending on how serious your work becomes, you might need to register as a non-profit organization over time so the more structured you are in the beginning, the easier it is to become official in future.
! 6. Advertise:
If you expect to have an impact on your community, local residents will need to recognize and endorse who you are. Raise awareness about what you are trying to do through social media, grassroots campaigns, media ads or any other methods appropriate to your situation. Win hearts and minds, and you will establish a bedrock of strong local support.
7. Don’t Ignore the Big Fish:
In some cases, community organizing simply cannot happen absent of coordination with the government. Depending on the problem you’re trying to solve, it might even be mandatory to liaise with t! he government. So if necessary, always be prepared to reach out and engage with government representatives.
When John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States on January 20th, 1961, he delivered a speech with one of the most infamous quotes of all time, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” If you spend every day frustrated by the problems that plague the community you call home, the last thing you should ever feel is helpless. Sometimes all it takes is for someone who cares to take a stand. Educate yourself about the problems you see, build a thought-out strategy to solve these problems, and reach out to others for help to carry out your vision. There is no problem so big that it can’t be solved by a united effort. However, an effort has to exist in the first place for anything to improve. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative! workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.