Start a Brigade
Code for America Brigades are local volunteer groups that bring together community members to help make government work better for everyone.
Can't find a Brigade in your community? To start your own you will need three things:
A core team
Brigades with a diverse team of leaders are more sustainable and more effective than groups with just one leader. Read about building a core team.
A government partner
Collaborating with government is the central tenet of Code for America’s theory of change, so building strong relationships with government partners is key to building a strong Brigade. Read about government partners.
The code of conduct
An enforceable Code of Conduct is important in ensuring that your Brigade’s activities, events, and digital forums provide safe environments that allow for participation from a diverse set of people. Our Code of Conduct applies to all our activities, events, and digital forums. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. Use our code for conduct.
Here are some additional resources to help you get started:
- Brigade Website: The latest best practices and information from Code for America.
- Brigade Organizer's Playbook: Brigade organizers dive deep into three areas of running a Brigade.
- Brigade Handbook: Find the resources that Code for America offers and how to take advantage of them.
- This Week in Civic Tech: Stay updated on civic tech projects from throughout the network.
We want to hear from you
If you are ready to start a Brigade, we'd love to hear from you. Please fill out this form and we will reach out.