How do I become a community activist?
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Become an Activist
Becoming an activist in your community or for a cause you are feeling positively about can be very, very gratifying. Getting paid to make a difference as an activist can be a great way to make a living, but this is only a case some of the time, you really must have a love to change things for the better. Although jobs where you can be an activist may not be the easiest thing to find, if you become an activist chances are you start for the love of change and helping others.But if you follow the steps to below to become an activist, you could make money for it.
Consider what's going on in your community. Certain communities may be dealing with particular issues such as environmental concerns or problems with crime or the educational system. Read local newspapers and pay close attention to news reports. View crime statistics for your community online.
Get out in your community and the communities around you. Attend fund-raising events involving organizations and things you are interested in. Introduce yourself to programs. Consider joining the commerce in your town and attend town hall functions. Work on political campaigns for candidates who favor things that you are also interested in. Getting to know people who are active in your community may help you with job leads and get your name out their. Attend any rallies and pack things to make it easier for everyone such as sandwiches, drinks, signs, blankets, etc.
Do things outside of your community. Many larger organizations need activists at their main headquarters. Other organizations have branches in communities across the country. For example, the National Organization for Women and the American Cancer Society have both regional and national offices and may need people to work as activists. Contact both local and national programs to find job openings.
Try to Work as an intern. Some places that need activists use interns. Many internships pay a good starting salary. Call organizations you are interested in and ask about internship possibilities and chances to work. Keep in mind accepting an internship that does not pay may be a good way to gain experience and get some recognition. Remember if your intention for doing this is pay, I would suggest something else, since this is for people who love to help others and change negative community issues into positive ones!
a list of your transferable skills. Activists may need to campaign for
legislation, write press releases put together fund-raisers, make cold calls, put up flyers, and much more.
Determine what skills you have from your past employment
that would help you as a community activist. Present these skills to any potential organizations and ask how you can be utilitized!