You will be serving your community by registering people to vote, answering voting questions and encouraging people to use their voice at 20 events in your local community or nearby. With the support and expertise of HeadCount, you will set up most of these events in your local community. You’ll also virtually attend monthly evening trainings, 30-minute weekly mentorship meetings and professional development sessions!
Leadership Academy exists to equip and train you as an organizer. Leadership Academy is also explicitly designed to serve historically marginalized communities by training those of you who already serve them. We’ll be expecting to see your dedication to your community and intersecting communities in your application!
HeadCount is a nonpartisan organization that promotes participation in democracy through music and culture. We’re best known for registering voters at concerts and festivals. We work with artists such as Ariana Grande, JAY-Z, Beyonce, Panic! At the Disco and often send our volunteers to their concerts to register voters. We also can be seen at many community events and rallies.
Anyone who has a demonstrated passion to serve historically marginalized communities and is ready to hit the ground running! We’ll want to see your energy and dedication in your application!
As an Organizer, you will be receiving $2,400 over the course of the 4 months for roughly 150 hours of service. Additionally, we will be providing you with a free tablet computer, everything you need to register voters and occasional swag gifts from chocolate to sneakers! You’ll also receive professional development and mentorship from a veteran HeadCount organizer.
Our professional development will be virtual and will consist of various organizing trainings, panels from professionals across different industries, mock interview practice, resume support and portfolio building. We will be catering our panels and professional support to what you identify to be most useful to you for your desired career path!
Leadership Academy will be launching the week of August 2nd. That week will feature two four-hour weekend training sessions to get you ready to go out into the field. You will be expected to complete 20 events at concerts and/or in your community. These can be evenings or weekends or any other time that works with your schedule!
We will also have monthly 2-3 hour training sessions that will be in the evenings and 30-minute weekly check-ins with your HeadCount staff or mentors set around your schedule! The program will end with a graduation in December!
The virtual training sessions will include nonpartisan canvassing skills to field listening skills, meeting facilitation and other skills that will help you be a better organizer in the field in your local community!
You must be 18 to sign the HeadCount volunteer waiver.
The application will ask a few questions about you, your interests and background, any relevant work, school, and/or organizing history and a few short questions about why you’d be a great organizer.
We don’t need a formal resume but you’re welcome to attach one if you’d like.
You can register voters anywhere: at your school, a supermarket, or even a busy street corner. HeadCount will provide you with all the training, materials and organizing tools you need to help people register to vote. We can also get you access to area concerts or festivals, where you can get to see some music as well as promote democracy.
You will be setting up most of the voter registration drives in your local community with support and advice from HeadCount. Your community connections will be helpful.
HeadCount follows all CDC recommendations and takes a “safety-first mentality.” We have a set of protocols for touchless voter registration when needed, and continue to adjust our methods to conform with all state guidelines and federal recommendations.
No, but you’ll need to be able to travel to community events and voter registration drives you schedule. The materials we send you will include a rolling case to make transportation easier.
HeadCount will cover the costs of anything beyond basic transportation within your home city or area (usually 30 miles). If you are traveling outside your home city, or you expect to incur other costs such as parking, you’ll just need to let us know in advance. You’ll then need to provide a receipt for reimbursement.
You may also request direct payment from HeadCount for any expenses you expect to encounter, so you don’t have to lay out any funds should that be an impediment.
You will be considered a paid contractor, not an hourly employee. That means no withholding taxes will be taken out of your direct deposit you will be responsible for taxes at the end of the year.
Each month, you will be required to submit a brief event and training report, and will be paid based on the completion of that report. Should you not complete the required number of events, or skip any trainings, that will be reflected in your amount.