Introductory Political Leadership Training
Introductory Campaign Training Workshops (Washington, D.C.)
Veterans Campaign's Introductory Campaign Training Workshop is weekend 'boot camp' for veterans, transitioning service members, and affiliates of the military community aspiring to pursue a "second service" to their country and communities in elected office, political campaigns, advocacy, or civic leadership.
Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the campaign process from a dynamic team of instructors ranging from inside-the-Beltway experts to distinguished public servants to grassroots activists. Classes will include how to get involved in civic leadership, laying the groundwork for a campaign or advocacy initiative, message development and communications, fundraising, grassroots operations, digital media, and specific challenges, opportunities, and techniques for veterans & military affiliates. Panels and role-playing exercises will be interspersed with a keynote address, firsthand accounts of distinguished veterans who have made the transition to civic and political leadership, and opportunities to meet with instructors, fellow attendees, and honored guests.
The cost for the weekend workshop and follow on instruction + mentoring is $395. We strongly encourage participants to utilize Crowdrise to "crowd fund" the cost of their participation, as past participants unanimously agree this exercise significantly enhanced their learning experience. Prospective participants are also welcome to contact us about financial aid if needed.
The May and August workshops will be held at 1608 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Upcoming Advanced Campaign Training (Washington, D.C.)
We invite current candidates, campaign staff, and advocates, intro workshop alumni, and others who are interested in focusing in a specific subject to pre-register for the advanced track training interest list for future advanced workshops on topics such as fundraising, communications, grassroots organizing, campaign leadership, and advocacy-specific topics. Essentially, the single-topic advanced track training is an opportunity to meet with one or more of our instructors at length for a deeper dive into a topic of your choosing concurrent with our upcoming introductory workshops. These sessions will be held in Washington, D.C. to maximize the potential for additional networking, professional development, and fundraising opportunities for participants alongside each trip.
We also offer boutique advanced training opportunities designed to fit your specific interests, needs, and context around the country upon request. You are welcome to contact us to request a customized training or explore the possibility further.