If you're eager to hug strangers, help give LGBTQs access to new spaces and places in your city, and welcome people into the national TWC community, then today's your day. Applications for the January 1-April 30, 2016 session of The Corps are now being accepted (until December 6 at noon). The application form is at the bottom of this page.
The Welcoming Committee helps LGBTQ people access the entire world in outrageous comfort. In the cities where we operate, we take our members, by the hundreds, to iconic cultural, nightlife, sports, and travel destinations. These events, or “takeovers,” are the hallmark of our approach to helping our members achieve day-to-day experiential equality everywhere they want to go.
What is The Corps?
If TWC helps people access every corner of their cities in outrageous comfort, then The Corps is about making sure that everyone is able to access TWC. The Corps is a 4 month, application-based, national volunteer program with city chapters. They are TWC’s most passionate members who act as a force of welcome at and in between our takeovers. Corps members are trained locally (Corpsientation), and build lasting bonds with their local cohort and alums of the program. Corps members are assigned specific roles (see more below), and they are connected with their role counterparts in other cities for knowledge sharing (and intense friend making).
What 4 months on The Corps looks like:
Your tenure starts off with Corpsientation, where you’ll learn more about TWC and get to know your fellow Corps members. While you’re on The Corps, there will be four First Friday Takeovers/GQBs, a bunch of cultural and sports events, and maybe even a trip. For each event, you’ll be asked to welcome members to make sure they feel totally comfortable (and are having a great time!). In addition, each Corps member will have a specific role.
Corps roles are assigned after you’ve been accepted into the program. They are based on interests and skills. We cannot guarantee that you’ll get your first choice role, but while the roles assign accountability within The Corps, the entire Corps within each city is expected to tag-team all of these.
At-event engagement: The most important thing we do for people who walk through the front door at any of our events is to make sure that we’re creating an atmosphere where all of our members feel welcomed. The at-event engagement managers work with TWC HQ and their counterparts in other cities to bring the welcoming nature of our events to life. Think “mandatory hugs,” photo booths, etc.
Newbie engagement: When someone joins a new community they’re typically asking themselves two questions: "Are they like me? And will they like me?" The primary job of the newbie engagement managers is to help people answer yes to these two questions. They oversee the newbie events and brainstorm additional ways to bring in and enhance the experience for new members in their cities.
Social media: Social media is one the best tools we have to engage the community before and after events, and to allow people who couldn’t make it or are in different cities to interact with us. The social media managers work with TWC HQ and their counterparts in other cities to execute meaningful and creative campaigns that help our members better understand and live out our mission.
Corps team building: Corps team building is one of the cornerstones of the program. While a handful of Corps-only events like Crunch (Corps Brunch) are officially on the calendar, the people in charge of Corps team building are always looking for additional ways to bring the Corps together, supporting the foundation of our movement.
- December 6 @ noon: Corps applications due for all cities
- Interviews/Corpsientation: Dates TBD
- Corps XI Tenure: (Crunch dates will change according to scheduling)
- January 1 (Boston): GQB (Required)
- January 8 (all other cities): GQB (Required)
- January 16: Overhaul/FTC (Required)
- January 17: Crunch (Required)
- February 5: GQB (Required)
- February 20: Overhaul/FTC (Required)
- February 21: Crunch (Required)
- March 4: GQB (Required)
- March 19: Overhaul/FTC (Required)
- March 20: Crunch (Required)
- April 1: GQB (Required)
- April 16: Overhaul/FTC (Required)
- April 17: Crunch (Required)
There will also be additional events (cultural, sports, nightlife, and possibly a destination takeover) during your tenure. As a Corps member, you will receive discounts on tickets for these events and are encouraged to come to as many as possible!
After your 4-month term is over, you’ll become part of the Corps Alums, who are looked to for help and counsel as the TWC community grows and continues to take over America. Corps Alums are called in to help at events and trips and step in when leadership is needed outside of the TWC staff. They also play a vital part in picking the next round of Corps members.
How to apply:
It’s easy! Simply fill out this form by December 6 at noon, and we’ll get back to you about interviews!
*Please note, all Corps members must be 21 or older.