Upcoming Fall Workshops: Introductory and Advanced Candidate Training

Participants at the Spring 2015 Advanced Candidate Training Workshop review fundraising plans with instructor and fundraising expert Nancy Bocskor

Participants at the Spring 2015 Advanced Candidate Training Workshop review fundraising plans with instructor and fundraising expert Nancy Bocskor

2017 Introductory Workshop (Washington, D.C.)

Introductory Workshop - September 9-10

This workshop is a political leadership training that equips veterans, transitioning service members, and other committed members of the military community to pursue a "second service" to their country in elected office, political campaigns, advocacy, or civic leadership. 

Attendees 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. Content will cover breaking ground on a campaign, fundraising, strategy, communications, grassroots politics, digital media, running as a veteran candidate, bulletproofing your service record, and building a vets and military families coalition. The cost for the weekend workshop is $495. Fundraising assistance on CrowdRise and limited financial aid is available to offset the cost of tuition and travel.

2017 Advanced Candidate Training: Three Part Series (Washington, D.C.)

This series builds on our past introductory and advanced 'campaign bootcamp' workshops through in-depth, experiential instruction on the key elements of campaigns and advocacy initiatives, namely:

Part I - Value-Based Communications and Messaging - September 9-10
Part II - Empathy-Based Fundraising - October 21-22
Part III - Leadership and Grassroots Operation - January 13-14

The structure and timing of this program is designed to ensure participants will finish with a campaign plan or action plan for their initiative. Participants are strongly encouraged (though not required) to attend all three, as the curriculum is designed to build on each successive weekend. 

All of the 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.

Applications from 2017-2018 candidates, workshop alumni, and partner organizations will be given priority consideration; however, we encourage all prospective attendees to apply. The cost of each session is $295 per session or a discounted bundle of $695 for all three sessions. Fundraising assistance on CrowdRise and limited financial aid is available to offset the cost of tuition and travel.