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At Change the Game, we’re building a community of passionate, progressive data professionals. We work to ensure there’s a pipeline for those interested in joining this community, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, or the level of education or experience they have.

Change the Game supports and aims to build a strong, diverse progressive data community by:

  • Building and supporting a virtual community for data practitioners to share lessons learned, best practices, and questions;

  • Providing training academies to build out a larger community of practitioners; and

  • Developing online courses and interactive virtual trainings to support new practices and learning by community members and future practitioners.

Change the Game is focused on breaking down technical barriers to entry in the field of Progressive Data by teaching common skills utilized across the space. Change the Game intentionally targets its recruitment towards traditionally underrepresented communities, aiming to increase diversity across the progressive data space. Change the Game focuses on building a pipeline of data staff for the progressive advocacy industry, from party organizations to independent expenditures and campaigns.

We are looking for participants from traditionally underrepresented communities who have an interest in database or list management, and/or general targeting. 

You do not have to have a lot of experience working with these tools, however we are looking for folks who are interested in learning and like to play around with new tools to get a better understanding of what they can do, and how you can use them to affect change in your communities. 

It would be useful – though not required – for participants to have some experience in the progressive space. Maybe you’ve worked on or volunteered for a campaign or a local advocacy organization. Interest in and a passion for this space is important when working in this field!  

Change the Game’s Data Academy will run for four weeks starting July 6th, 2020. From 10am to 2pm EST.

Applications are due no later than June 22th, 2020 at 5pm CT/6pm ET for this round of the Change the Game Academy.

We are looking for participants who are able and willing to work for and with progressive organizations during the 2020 cycle. We’re hoping that graduates from our academy will leave with a deeper understanding of how data informs decision making, and be able to use that in this space. 

While the ultimate goal is for folks to work as data staffers and directors. We understand that this program may be the first step that should be compounded with continued experience in the field and ongoing learning before participants are ready to take on leadership roles.

YES! This cycle Change the Game is 100 percent virtual. We’re creating different pathways for participation, to support folks with different needs, availability and learning preferences. To begin, we’re hosting a data academy, which will include: 

  • Online learning (at your own pace), 

  • Live virtual classrooms, 

  • A mentorship program, 

  • A community speaker series, and 

  • A dedicated community space for support, networking and team building. 

Yes! Change the Game’s academy is a part time. So you only need to be available from 10am – 2pm EST, although on some days, the program will be shorter.  

Length: 4 weeks (24 days) 

Participants should expect to be online, working from 10:00am – 2:00pm EST each weekday, with team projects to complete over the weekends. This does not include coursework due, that must be completed between live sessions.

The trainings will be divided into the following sections: 

  • Online learning: at your own pace learning that will include videos, reading, assessments and homework assignments. 

  • Virtual Classroom: live, activity based sessions with trainers that build off of the online course work. These include breakout sessions, pop quizzes, class participation and more. 

  • Community Speaker Series: Hear from and network with former participants, experts and leaders in the progressive space, in a more casual, non-learning setting. 

Mentorship Breakouts: Small group activity sessions that review the virtual classroom session, answer any questions about the homework or trainings, and work on small group activities and team homework assignments.

Our Academy aims to not only teach the technical skills necessary to be successful in an early career data role, but also to give participants the context they need about the progressive space to hit the ground running on Day 1 and to know where to go for more support should they need it. 

Technical skills will include advanced Excel / Google Sheets, SQL, reporting & data visualization, and voter contact targeting. Additional topics will range from where voter files come from to what your lawyer wishes you knew about campaign data.

That’s ok too. Change the Game is more than a short term academy, we’re going to continue to provide support and online trainings for folks to learn at their own pace. If you are unable to join one of our academies this cycle, starting in August, you’ll be able to log on to our online learning platform, and get certificates for completing our different courses on important topics to help you learn what you need to be successful, at your own pace. 

The Cost of the Change the Game Academy is $1000

In moments like this, we need to lift up the strong voices in our community and make sure they have a seat at the table. For that reason we’re waiving all fees associated with our 2020 Academy. There will be no cost for participants.

Thanks so much for your interest, we’re looking for trainers, mentors and coaches to support us in this endeavor. Reach out to Bridgit to get more information on joining our team!

Thank you so much for your interest! We rely on the generosity of our donors and sponsors to keep costs low (and in many cases free!) for our participants. Click here to learn more about our sponsorship packages.