Welcome! This page lays out all the current programs & support structures we have for movement leaders and hubs so you can easily sign-up and plug into structures most helpful for you!
(Last updated 7/28/21)
Primary Organizing Support Structures
The second half of 2021 is a period of transition for Sunrise. Sunrise was originally designed for a different era & political moment.
We’ve grown and learned a lot over the last 4 years. We are embarking on a process called “Frontloading” over the course of 2021 where
we are working to update the strategy, structure, story and culture of our Movement. During this time, we are holding off on developing
complex new programs and support structures until we have more clarity through the Frontloading process of what/how we want to build next.
Who’s it for? – People who are brand new to Sunrise and have just joined our email/phone list, as well as people in the movement who are now ready/interested in joining or starting hubs.
What: In movement onboarding, we grow Sunrise’s people power. In particular, we work to bring more young BIPOC and working class people into Sunrise. Dozens of young people all across the country express interest in joining the movement on a daily basis. In movement onboarding, we are responsible for orienting them to Sunrise (i.e. Welcome to Sunrise! calls), supporting them to take action (i.e. Rays, phonebanks, virtual days of action), and helping them find their home in the movement (i.e. hub finder, hub text bot, new hub coaching). This includes supporting folks who want to start hubs through the “New Hub Journey.”
Movement Onboarding includes a few staff and three incredible volunteer teams: Welcome Team, Rays Facilitation Team, and New Hubs Team that make it all happen!
Sign Up: Click here to attend a Movement Welcome Call, take distributed action, or to join a hub. Click here to join the Rays (our online community of weekly actions/trainings you can participate in from anywhere). Click here to start a hub.
Contact: Paul Campion (Movement Onboarding Manager) – DM on the national slack or email [email protected]
Organizing Training Series
Who’s it for? – All Sunrise Hubs & Leaders
What: For the rest of the summer, we’re keeping up the pressure on the government to pass a Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) and take bold climate action. To support hubs in their organizing, we’re offering a recurring and one-off trainings relevant for this moment.
Detailed Info: Get complete info on all trainings, including guidance on who should sign up for each training, when trainings are offered and more in this trainings guide for Hub Leaders.
- Winning the Civilian Climate Corps – For those newer to the CCC campaign.
- How to Plan A CCC Action
- How to Lead a CCC Community Canvass
Supplemental / Advanced Offerings:
- Building Mythic Power: Growing the Movement Through Art
- Organizing Powerfully with Empathetic Conversations
- Giving & Receiving Feedback across Rank & Identity
Contact: Lauren Black (Training Series Manager) – DM on the national slack or email [email protected]
Troubleshooting Coaching Sessions
Who’s it for? – Any hub who needs support/guidance from a trained organizing coach.
What: If you need support with getting involved in the campaign, actions you’re planning, or anything else going on in your hub, sign up for a 1:1 troubleshooting session. You’ll be paired with a trained coach for customized coaching sessions to help you breakthrough your organizing challenges.
Sign Up: Click here to sign up! Once you sign up you will:
- Be set up with a coach to work with you on your problem in 5-7 business days. Sessions are set up at a time that works for you and your schedule.
- Have one hour to talk through the problem and think through solutions with your coach
- Receive follow up for 2 weeks after the session to make sure you are getting the support you need. (NOTE: If you need more specific support, your coach will work to connect you with someone closer to the solution.
Contact: Quinn Bishop (Coaching Manager) – DM on the national slack or email [email protected]
Regional Organizer Program Update
In January 2020, Sunrise created a Regional Organizing structure, where we divided Sunrise’s hubs into 4 separate regions (shown above), with 1-4 staff-based “Regional Organizers” assigned to support each region.
We are temporarily suspending this Regional Organizer model to evaluate it and decide (alongside movement leaders) whether it makes sense to be the core organizing support structure in the future, or whether we can build something even better to meet our movement’s needs.
There are several factors that have informed this decision:
- We realized the the current Regional Organizer model wasn’t working well for Staff or Hubs. Regional Organizers were not set up for success in trying to meet the complex needs of 20+ hubs per organizer. Regional Organizers were stretched too thin, and Hubs were frustrated by the level of support/engagement they could receive from their Regional Organizer. We also underestimated the amount of management capacity and coordination it would take to support a staff team this large.
- We are in a moment of transition at Sunrise, as we work with the Frontloading Team to overhaul our movement’s DNA (story, structure, strategy & culture) to incorporate the learnings for the past 4 years and design a movement better suited to our current political context. A better implemented, clarified and resourced Regional Organizing model may make sense in the future, but there are many other possibilities that could be more effective that we want ot explore alongside movement leaders. We want to be very confident and aligned before building out another structure at this scale and complexity, so we can build something to last.
In this interim period, our hope is that the organizing supports presented on this page can meet the baseline support needs of our movement, and over the next 6 months, we’re excited to align on something better!
Contact: If you have questions, thoughts, ideas or feedback around this feel free to reach out to Brian Stilwell via the National Slack or email at [email protected].
What programs are for you and your hub?
Ladder of Engagement:
A Ladder of Engagement is an organizing framework used to describe the level of commitment and roles played by different people in a movement at a given time. The purpose is not to assign value to people on different levels of the ladder (i.e. the goal isn’t to move as many people to the “top leader” category as possible). Movements need to have people at ALL rungs of the ladder of engagement to be successful, people often cycle between these rungs during their time organizing, and the number of people at each rung of the ladder usually goes down as the level of commitment (and sometimes skill) goes up. You can read more about this framework here
Hub Classification Framework:
Much like the Ladder of Engagement above, it’s also useful to have shared language to describe where Hubs are on their journey of development. In the past we used the terms “forming”, “emerging” and “strong” as shorthands to describe a Hubs journey of development — but heading into 2021, we’re looking to update that framework and you can see our new draft below. You can learn more here.