A new program for 2009, the Leadership School is an intensive leadership development opportunity for a cohort of 12-18 individuals for six months. The School will give emerging leaders the tools to organize and mobilize their community, and deeply analyze issues from political, economic, and social perspectives. The National Day Labor Organizing Network is encouraging their member organization to host Leadership Schools across the country. These Schools should be able to strengthen the day labor movement, both locally and nationally, by developing confident and strong leaders with a shared analysis. On an organizational level, graduates will work together with the Day Labor Committee to give guidance to VOZ and to the Portland day labor community.
The Leadership School will begin in July 2009. We are currently recruiting participants. Please contact romeo(at)portlandvoz(dot)org for more information.
Day Labor Committee
A representative body of day laborers that speak for themselves and provide direction for VOZ. The Committee provides an alternative to the Board of Directors for day laborers who want to take on a higher level of responsibility. The members of the Committee will act as an Advisory body to the Board and focus on programmatic and political decisions for the organization. After utilizing a completely participatory process for the planning of the Day Labor Committee, we recently had an election where 6 committee members were chosen. The members are now meeting to draft policies for the Committee, including how many months members will serve, and what they would like the relationship with Board of Directors to be. The Committee will be active in the Leadership School, in visits to legislators and other decision makers, as well as proposing a more formal membership structure to the Day Labor General Assembly for a vote.