Thread has a very unique organizational structure. Getting familiar with the “family” structure will be important to understanding the functions and channels of operation at Thread. The family unit is composed of young people, family members (volunteers) and a head of family (experienced volunteers/community members). These family units belong to a group that is overseen by a community member who acts as a support for heads of families. This network of relationships roughly encompasses the thread community.
Another important aspect of your role might involve communicating with other organizations so start forming relationships within Thread and with community members early on. Cold emailing new people, if you aren’t already familiar with it, will also be an important skill to know.
Thread operates on salesforce and much of the projects you will be collaborating on with other volunteers and staff members will use excel/google sheets so brush up on those skills as well.
I would also encourage you to become familiar with common structural obstacles that students in Baltimore face such as food insecurity, homelessness, racial injustice, and the array of financial-based obstacles. This will make the onboarding process that much easier. Be proactive in the onboarding process. Human resources can be slow with getting you the documents you need and processing them so stay on top of them. You won’t be able to start working without completing an orientation session, setting up an email/google drive, and signing an NDA. All of these things go through HR so try to reach out to your supervisor to start that process before the formal CIIP program begins. Good luck kid.