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? Start a new Brigade! First, make sure to let us know that you’re interested in starting a Brigade by filling out this form so we can help you through the process!
After that, there are three key steps to starting an official Code for America Brigade:
Set up an online presence that includes a Code of Conduct.
In order to get going, you will need an online presence such as a Meetup page, website, or Facebook page. This should include an enforceable Code of Conduct that applies to all activities, events, and digital forums. This Code of Conduct is important to ensure that your Brigade provides a safe environments and allows for participation from a diverse set of people. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. To get started, you can borrow from Code for America’s Code of Conduct here.
Sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Code for America.
A Memorandum of Understanding is an agreement between two parties which expresses the common interests of the parties and creates formal (but non-binding) documentation of the relationship. Our MOU includes knowing what you will expect from Code for America, and what Code for America will expect from your new Brigade.
Go through a new Brigade onboarding session.
Attend a virtual onboarding led by Code for America to discuss resources for your new Brigade, expectations as a leader, and ways to participate in the larger Code for America network.
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.
Ready to get started?
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.