By students. For students.

optiMize is a hybrid organization — a daily collaboration between student leaders and full-time optiMize staff. Our Core Organizing Team is the team of students who organize the optiMize Challenge, collaborate with optiMize staff to design new programs, recruit new people to our community each year, promote stories from the optiMize Community, and more.

Core Team members participate in a leadership development program and receive direct mentorship from optiMize staff. All organizational decisions are made by consensus between Core Team and Full-Time Staff. 

If you care about social innovation, community organizing, and servant leadership, this is the place for you.


Being on the Core Organizing Team means:

  1. Making an inspiring group of friends who care about social innovation!

  2. Organizing the optiMize Challenge

  3. Cultivating the optiMize community

  4. Developing your skills and perspective

  5. Providing servant leadership

  6. Attending weekly Core Team meetings and helping lead projects

Team members can choose to focus on a specific project, or test out different ones. Some roles include:

  1. Event Planning

  2. Marketing

  3. Design

  4. Community Building

  5. Mentorship Coordination

Interested in joining our Core Organizing Team? Submit your application today!