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Please contact Rachel at the e-mail address below for application materials.
From: Rachel Crites <wisaop at earthlink.net>
***AOP APPLICATIONS RELEASED, PLEASE SEE ATTACHMENTS AND DISTRIBUTE
The Wisconsin Apprentice Organizers Project (AOP) is pleased to announce
that we are now accepting applications for our 2009 apprenticeship
program for new organizers. Please see AOP mentor and apprentice
applications attached to this email! If you are not able to open the
attachments, email AOP at wisaop at earthlink.net and we will send you
The 7-month paid apprenticeship runs from the end of January 2009
through July 2009. This year, AOP will accept approximately 10
apprentices who will each be paired with a mentor in an organization in
SE Wisconsin and Dane County areas. As mentioned above, applications for
mentors and apprentices are attached to this email.
AOP is also seeking additional applications (mentors and apprentices)
from individuals with a disability and/or immediate family members of an
individual with a disability as a part of a collaborative project with
the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD).
Apprentices and mentors entering AOP’s program through this
collaborative program will join the larger 2009 AOP apprentice/mentor
cohort. Please contact AOP (see below) if you are interested in applying
to AOP through this collaborative project.
AOP’s apprenticeship program is about strengthening a culture of
organizing – and strengthening your work – by helping to develop and
train new and diverse community organizers. It’s an investment in people
and it’s an investment in the movement for progressive social and
Please pass these applications on to people you think would be
interested (or apply yourself). Applications may be completed
electronically (strongly preferred) or in hard copy. Addresses for
submission of applications are given on each application.
Full descriptions of criteria for both mentors and apprentices are also
provided on the applications.
In brief, mentors will be people with at least 3-5 years of organizing
experience and currently working in an organization with an active
community organizing component.
Apprentices will be people with little or no paid organizing experience
from traditionally under represented communities. We are seeking
applicants who show the promise and passion to be community organizers,
but have not yet been given the opportunity.
Applications for mentors are due by November 21, 2008
Applications for apprentices are due by 5 pm, November 28, 2008.
Please email wisaop at earthlink.net for AOP/BPDD collaborative project
deadlines, as these deadlines are different then those mentioned above.
Each apprentice will earn $1500 month (gross salary) plus contributions
to a wellness benefit as needed. Salaries within the collaborative
project are structured slightly differently. In most cases, AOP will
provide the funds for salary and wellness or will work with the
mentoring organization to secure those funds. AOP does require that
mentoring organizations contribute to the support of their mentor, and
will make a mutually acceptable arrangement with each mentoring
organization based on the ability of the organization.
AOP also accepts apprentices who have been hired by an organization but
want additional training and support in the field of community
organizing. AOP charges a fee for these apprentices. These apprentices
must also complete an AOP apprentice application and, along with their
mentors, must participate in all aspects of AOP’s training program.
Please feel free to contact AOP at wisaop at earthlink.net, or 608-444-4992
if you have questions.
Thanks for your work and for any assistance you can offer us in
recruiting mentors and apprentices!
Apprentice Organizers Project, AOP
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