Answering the Call Facilitator FAQs

How do I apply to become an Answering the Call Facilitator?
For the Facilitator application for, click HEREThe deadline for submitting an application is noon on Friday, June 9th. You will hear from someone at the New Politics Leadership Academy by Monday, June 12th.

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.  The next training will occur the weekend of July 8th-9th in Cambridge, MA.  

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 one-day 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!  

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?
The training will introduce you to some sophisticated leadership development and facilitation concepts and techniques. You can expect to meet some remarkable people, engage in some meaningful and important conversations, and feel part of a larger movement to promote servant leadership in our politics at a critical moment in our nation’s history. You will be drawing on your own facilitation skills to advance an innovative approach to the recruitment and development of civic leaders, and you just might play a key role in launching the political career of a servant leader who goes on to do great things.  You will contribute in a very clear and concrete way to this effort to renew and strengthen our democracy

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. 

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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