Swing Left Team Up
Swing Left's Team Up training program brings together a core team of new co-leaders to start a Swing Left group in their community to defend democracy and defeat MAGA extremism by winning elections for Democrats in the most competitive races.
We’re looking for new leaders like you to team up and start your Swing Left group! Starting a local group is a powerful way to build community and engage volunteers to make change at the state and national level—and we're here to support you as you go.
Attend an in-person kickoff training
Get matched with a team of co-leaders
Receive ongoing support & resources
Winter/spring 2024 program locations:
Applications are now closed for Raleigh and Atlanta, but you can still apply in Maricopa County and all other locations through Sunday, March 3! For participating from your hometown, please search swingleft.org/groups to see if there's a group near you, and if not, sign up to join us and start one! We'll do our best to team you up with co-leaders by the event date on March 16.
Maricopa Co., AZ
Phoenix and surrounding suburbs
Hybrid event from anywhere you are!
As we work toward November 2024 and beyond, we must continue the effort to protect and strengthen our democracy by defeating MAGA extremism at the ballot box. It's going to take all of us, working together, to make sure we have a government that works for the people. Are you ready to power up your local organizing by starting a group in your community?
Why organize with Swing Left?
Swing Left connects volunteers and donors to the elections where their resources can most effectively make a difference in the outcomes of competitive races.
- We’re focused on the elections that decide the balance of power in this country. By electing Democrats and defeating MAGA extremists—in state-level and national races—we can bring about positive change, preserve our democracy, and defend our freedoms.
- We're committed to harnessing and supporting long-lasting grassroots energy, momentum, and infrastructure by engaging in year-round electoral work.
- We coordinate directly with campaigns and on-the-ground partners so we're working strategically and aren’t duplicating efforts.
- We provide training, resources, and materials to build your group, power up your organizing, and support your effective action taking.
Since they launched in 2022, Swing Left West Valley focuses on canvassing in CA-27, and getting together to write letters and raise money for candidates.
Why start a Swing Left group?
Starting a Swing Left group is an effective way to increase your impact. We’ll match you with other new leaders in your area to work together to start a group.
- Build community with other volunteers in your neighborhood or broader city and give people opportunities to make a difference.
- Amplify your impact by hosting voter contact events and recruiting new volunteers to join you.
- Connect joyfully in this work—taking action with others in your community is more energizing, fun, and powerful than taking action alone.
Apply to Swing Left's Team Up program
If you’re interested in getting more involved in the year-round organizing it takes to win and expanding your impact—this program is for you.
- Don’t be intimidated. You bring a lot to the table, you’ll be working as a team, and we’ll have an in-depth, in-person training plus ongoing support to help you start, grow, and sustain your group!
- Everyone and all skill levels are welcome! There is a team leadership role for everyone—from leading a group on a canvassing trip to managing your volunteer database—your unique skills can make an impact.
At the in-person kickoff, you'll build the skills you need to start and lead a Swing Left group, including community organizing tactics for engaging volunteers and voters, leveraging Swing Left's resources to recruit and manage volunteers, and building a strong and sustainable team structure to ensure your group can make an impact for years to come.
Swing Left groups have written millions of Vote Forward letters to voters.
What is the difference between the Raleigh, Atlanta, and Phoenix program, versus the option to participate remotely in my hometown?
After we piloted Team Up in three cities in 2023, we knew we wanted to find a way to bring the program to more than a handful of locations at a time. That’s why this year, we’re keeping the city-based model, but adding on Team Up National: a hybrid training you can participate in from anywhere, and we’ll support you in starting a Swing Left group.
Through the same application process, we’ll match you with co-leaders in advance of an in-person kickoff training. We’ll ask one team member to volunteer to host your new group at their home, or an alternate location, so you can participate in-person together. Then, you’ll spend the first part of the day on a staff-led “Zoom cast” training, and the second part in a self-guided team meeting using materials provided by Swing Left.
When is the deadline to apply?
The application for Raleigh and Atlanta is now closed, but you can still apply in Maricopa County and all other locations through Sunday, March 3! Please note: For participating from your hometown, please search swingleft.org/groups to see if there's a group near you, and if not, sign up to join us and start one! We'll do our best to team you up with co-leaders by the event date on March 16.
When will the in-person kickoff training take place?
Kickoff training sessions will be held once in each designated city.
- Raleigh, NC near Meredith College: Saturday, February 24 from 10:30am to 4:00pm
- Atlanta, GA in Midtown/Arts Center: Saturday, March 9 from 10:30am to 4:00pm
- Maricopa County, AZ in Eldorado Park, Scottsdale: Saturday, March 16 from 10:30am to 4:00pm
- Your hometown: Saturday, March 16 from 1:00-4:00pm ET // 10:00am-1:00pm PT
Who can participate?
This is a location-based program, and we’re looking for applicants who can commit to leading a local group in your home community. The ideal candidate for this program is not yet a leader of a local group, but wants to go deeper with their strategic action taking beyond a single volunteer shift or even joining an existing progressive group in their area.
What will I learn at the kickoff training?
Expect a mix of presentations, interactive sessions, and small-group discussions. After the Team Up kickoff training, you'll have access to Swing Left's Group Leader Toolkit with online how-to guides and resources, plus frequent opportunities to meet with Swing Left staff for continued training.
Topics covered at the kickoff training include:
- Benefits of group organizing
- Community organizing fundamentals
- Building a strong and effective team
- Planning strategic actions
- Recruiting and retaining volunteers
- Swing Left tools, tactics, and resources
What is the time commitment for the Team Up program?
Participants should plan to attend one in-person training session (3-6 hours, depending on your location) to get your Swing Left group started with fellow volunteer leaders in your community.
The cadence for your subsequent meetings and leader collaboration is totally up to you and your co-leaders based on your group's needs.
Who will I be co-leading a group with?
We will assemble a team of 3-5 participants who will then form a Swing Left group together. Participants will be other like-minded volunteer leaders in your city. Based on the number of applicants we have, we might create additional teams that cover different geographic regions (e.g. specific neighborhoods, suburbs, or nearby cities). When you're accepted to the program, you'll be e-introduced to your teammates!
We’ll do our best to recruit co-leaders for anyone who applies! However, if we do not receive enough applications from volunteers in your particular city, we will reach out to you personally with options to determine what will work best for you.
Following the Team Up kickoff training, what will I do as a Swing Left group leader?
As a new Swing Left group leader, you’ll work with co-leaders in your community to organize volunteers and take action on the highest priority races nearby.
Swing Left will support you in recruiting group members and planning action opportunities, such as canvassing, phone banking, letter writing, and fundraising.
As a co-leader, you might be responsible for things like volunteer communications, hosting events, training other volunteers, or data management.
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