A day as a youth organizer at CHIRLA
Job Title: Youth Organizer at The Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
Location: Los Angeles Office (CHIRLA also has offices in Sacramento and Washington D.C.)
Employer Type: Non-Profit Community Organization
Employer Size: 100 – 150 employees
What is your schedule like?
My position is part-time so I work 5 hours a day for a total of 20 hours a week. I go into the office once a week and work remotely the rest of the days. For this week, for example, today we held a virtual class via Zoom and tomorrow we’re going to an in-person rally in downtown LA.
What skills help you to be successful in this role?
My lived experience and being able to connect with the community I am serving, as well as communication and teamwork.
Typical Remote Day:
11 a.m.: I clock in, catch up on emails, and begin filling in my daily organizing team log to keep track of results and priorities for the week.
12 p.m.: I go into the virtual classroom on Zoom and facilitate a 1.5 hour workshop. Today, the workshop topic was about the school-to-prison pipeline. It involved a lot of discussion and students had space to share their personal experiences, particularly being from lower income schools, and learn about the actions they can take. We got to learn so much about our students and the population that we’re serving.
1:30 p.m.: We ended class with the reminder that tomorrow there will be an in-person rally. I then checked in with my supervisor to discuss the logistics of the event and general housekeeping items.
2:00 p.m.: I had my hour break and made a meal. That’s probably the best part of being remote – that I’m not spending money on lunch! I can just go to my kitchen and cook a meal.
3:00 p.m.: For the remaining hour of my day, I prepared for tomorrow’s event. I created a facilitator outline and since I’ll be driving a few students, I reached out to them to coordinate pick-up and drop-off locations. Lastly, I began filling out reimbursement tabs for providing transportation for students.
4:00 p.m.: I’m all prepared for tomorrow’s event and I clock out for the day!
If you have any questions or are interested in getting involved with CHIRLA, connect with Micaela Aragon on LinkedIn.