Answering the Call Facilitator FAQs

How do I apply to become an Answering the Call Facilitator?
For the Facilitator application for, click HERE.  We accept applications on a rolling basis.  

What's involved in becoming and Answering the Call Facilitator?
To become an Answering the Call Facilitator, you will need to attend a 1.5 day Facilitator training in Cambridge MA.  The next training will occur the weekend of Sept. 16th-17th, 2017. 

Will be able to provide travel stipends to cover the travel and lodging costs of any individuals who need to travel to this training. 

Facilitators will also be expected to complete a small amount of pre-work involving some reading and reflection exercises. It should take approximately three hours to complete the required pre-work.

Once you complete the Facilitator training, you will serve as the facilitator for the four-session Answering the Call program.

If you are running a local in-person group, we expect you to take the lead on locating a venue that could host these four sessions, and arranging the dates and times of those sessions.  

If you are selected to facilitate a Virtual group, there is no need to find a venue.   All Virtual session occur using the Zoom video conference system, and we provide support and training in the use of that technology. 

So you want me to help find a space...what other administrative and logistical responsibilities will I have?
If you are accepted to serve as a Facilitator, we will view you as a partner in making the program in your city a success. We hope you will partner with us in promoting the program and recruiting participants.  We expect you to communicate with your participants before and during the program.  We expect you to communicate with us about your experiences and help us continually improve our efforts through your honest and thoughtful feedback.

Who should apply to be a facilitator?
Our top priority here is finding individuals who are experienced, skilled, and effective facilitators of small group experiences, who are eager to use those gifts to strengthen our democracy.  We do not require that facilitators have service backgrounds, although that experience is helpful and is a factor we consider in the application process.  Also, there is no requirement that facilitators have any political aspirations themselves.  If you have a gift for small group facilitation and want to see more servant leaders step into positions of political power, we'd love to hear from you!  

I have no interest in running for office myself. Should I still apply to be a facilitator?
Once again...Yes! Our goal here is to deliver a program in cities across the nation that invite service alumni to reflect deeply on their own sense of calling. Facilitators play a key role in making this happen by holding a space in which this reflection can happen. While we hope that all participants have at least a small interest in running, our primary hope for facilitators is that they enjoy and are skilled at facilitating group dialogue. 

Is this a paid position?
No; this is a volunteer position.  Apart from our covering all costs associated with the Boston training, there is no additional payment.  It is chance to contribute your gifts to an important initiative during a challenging moment for our nation. 

What’s in it for me?
Here are some testimonials from individuals who have served as ATC Facilitators in the past:

"As a three-time facilitator for Answering the Call, I absolutely love the experience of helping service alumni reflect on their call to public office. My participants never cease to amaze me in their commitment to their communities, to their families, and to each other. In just a few short weeks, the bond we build is meaningful and important as we set off into the world with big dreams and exciting but difficult journeys ahead.  If you are even considering facilitating this program, it is likely that you are already deeply involved in your community, and it may be hard to consider how to fit this in amongst your other activities and interests. I promise it will be worth it. Not only because you will feel like you have helped others along their journeys, but because meeting your participants will inspire you, and restore some much needed hope for what our political system could look like. Finally, learning how to create a space for a group to reflect in a deep and meaningful way is a skill you will take with you forever."  -Samantha Joseph

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Participating as a facilitator reinvigorated my belief that it is servant leaders who will lead the way to stronger governance for our country.  What should not have been surprising was the uniquely inspiring collection of people who decided to join this group - the type of fun, informed and dedicated people you would want to see in leadership.  
I have a refreshed sense of dedication to my AmeriCorps oath.  Facilitating this group has also given me the opportunity to reflect on my own life and where it has and hasn't stayed true to my AmeriCorps oath."  -Maya Gutierrez

I have more questions!  Who do I ask?
Feel free to contact Max Klau, Chief Program Officer at the New Politics Leadership Academy, at max@newpoliticsacademy.org with any other questions.

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