The number one priority at Crossing Party Lines is supporting Americans all over the country in forming local chapters where people can come together to discuss the issues we face as a country.

We’ve spent three years figuring out what it takes to make every chapter a success.

Want to start a chapter?

We’re here with the tools, the personal support, and the inspiration to help.

Support

Our New Chapter Support staff will walk you through the process of forming your new chapter, getting the word out, and running your first few meetings.

We recommend that each chapter have an organizer to manage the logistics of running the chapter and a moderator to facilitate the conversations.  For your first few meetings, as the chapter moderator takes our training and gets their “sea legs,” one of our experienced moderators will run your meetings virtually.

Resources

Whatever you need, we’ve got it.

  • A CPL-paid organizer account with Meetup.com
  • Tips sheets
  • Guidelines
  • A library of over 100 pre-designed topics, complete with topic guides

Supplies

  • Posters
  • Flyers
  • Business cards
  • Games you can check out from our corporate library
  • Moral Foundations cards

Moderator Training

Moderators receive free comprehensive training in our unique facilitation technique and are required to prove their proficiency before moderating meetings on their own.  Our self-paced Moderator’s Training is designed to fit into everyone’s busy schedule and is comprised of a series of micro-lessons, each of which should take no more than 20 minutes.

Crossing Party Lines (CPL) moderators are responsible for creating group environments that allow civil dialogue and input from all participants while remaining neutral throughout the process. The goal is to provide each meeting attendee the opportunity to share their views and hear as many unique perspectives as are represented in the room.

In addition to making a meaningful and significant impact on their community and the country, CPL moderators acquire skills proven to benefit their careers and personal lives.  Each moderator receives training and optional certification in facilitating communication among groups of ideologically or otherwise diverse groups of participants.  You will hone your communication, listening and social skills. You will learn to create opportunities for participatory discussions and connection among group members, allowing them to express and present different opinions while maintaining a respectful environment.

Interested in hosting a CPL meetup in your city?

Let’s chat. We’ll tell you more about our resources, moderators, and training.

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