The Center for Community Leadership’s (CCL) Organizing Apprenticeship trains grassroots leaders and supports community organizations with the skills, resources, and networking opportunities needed to strengthen their potentials to affect sustainable community change.

Why This Matters

Our movement has historically failed at providing access to the support, resources, and social networks needed for local leaders from marginalized communities to fill available organizer positions. This gap results in the exclusion of community members—primarily from historically marginalized communities and demographic groups, gaining concrete leadership skills, while also learning to value and articulate their ability to serve as some of the most effective grassroots community change makers. The Organizing Apprenticeship helps close this infrastructure gap, so that more local leaders from marginalized communities become change makers.

What We're Doing

The Organizing Apprenticeship is a 10-month paid apprenticeship program for new organizers. It is a rigorous program, where participants work in the field at a non-profit host site four days a week and learn in the classroom one day per week, from September through June. ANHD offers the Apprenticeship in partnership with Public Allies New York (PANY), with both organizations coordinating in classroom learning.

Non-profits apply to be host sites for the program annually, and we strongly encourage hosts sites to recommend apprentice candidates from their membership or community base. We give priority to those host candidates who nominate community members they have already cultivated.

Program Benefits for Apprentices Include:

  • High-quality, weekly training and support services from some of the best organizers in the movement
  • A $20,000 stipend for the ten months of service for the first year of service and $24,000 for the second year 
  • health care, child care, food stamps and other benefit programs as may be appropriate
  • Interest-free student loan deferments and up to $6,095 in an education award to pay back student loans or pay for future education.

Core Competencies Gained Include:

  • Active Listening
  • Agitation
  • Creating and Executing Base Building Plans
  • Campaign Strategy, Design & Evaluation
  • Communication: Messaging & Digital Tools
  • Conducting one-to-one conversations
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Goal Setting & Visioning
  • Landscape Analysis
  • Leadership Development Planning
  • Meeting Planning & Facilitation
  • Outreach: Creating an Outreach Plan
  • Power Mapping
  • Public Speaking
  • Relationship Building
  • Time Management
  • Training and Workshop Facilitation

Program Benefits for Non-Profit Host-Sites Include:

  • Significant staffing support from the apprentices
  • Individualized technical assistance on your organizations organizing strategies from our Deputy Director
  • An opportunity to develop the next generation of organizing leaders.

 If you have any additional questions, please contact Ericka Stallings at ericka.s@anhd.org.

The 2019-2020 Apprentice Cycle Has Been Extended!

Tenants all over New York state are drumming up momentum to win #UniversalRentControl, making trips to Albany to show the power of tenant organizing. Are you someone who believes in the basic human right to a home? Do you believe in worker power? Do you want to learn how to organize for long-term systemic change?

Good news! We are still accepting applications for the Center for Community Leadership Apprenticeship, where you can do just that! We have extended the application process and are looking for CCL apprentices particularly in Brooklyn and/or speak Spanish to organize with tenants.

In partnership with Public Allies, apprentices earn a stipend of $20,000 for their service, $6,095 in an educational award, and full benefits and childcare coverage if needed. Please complete the application by Friday, July 26th. For more information, please contact ccl@anhd.org.