Veterans Campaign Training Workshops and Symposiums

Veterans Campaign's civic and political leadership workshops are intensive weekend bootcamps for veterans, transitioning service members, blue star spouses, and other members of the military community committed to pursuing a "Second Service" to their community and their country in elected office, political campaigns, advocacy, organizing, and civic initiatives. 

Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the civic and political leadership ecosystem from a dynamic team of instructors selected from our cadre of over 200 experts. Panels, role-playing exercises, and breakout sessions will be interspersed with commentary from distinguished public servants, firsthand accounts of veterans who have been in your shoes, and opportunities to meet with instructors, fellow attendees, and honored guests.


New York Veteran Candidate Workshop: April 28-30 (NYC)

Participants at the Spring 2015 Candidate Training Workshop discuss the expectations and experience of running for public office with Representative Jim Marshall (D-GA).

Participants at the Spring 2015 Candidate Training Workshop discuss the expectations and experience of running for public office with Representative Jim Marshall (D-GA).

Presenting Partners: New York City Veterans Alliance and Civic Hall Labs

April 28th: Optional Evening Reception/Meet and Greet

  • Introductory Remarks from Distinguished Speakers
  • Catered meet-and-greet to get to know fellow participants, alumni, & supporters
  • Networking opportunities to engage with partner organizations

April 29th: Preparing Yourself to Run

  • Identifying the right office and issues to focus on
  • Developing and practicing your message
  • Presenting yourself as a candidate
  • Fundraising
  • Reception

April 30th: Running a Successful Campaign

  • Running as a veteran
  • Building your campaign team
  • Running a well-managed, focused race
  • Where to turn for help

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

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

This series is designed to build 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 - June 17-18
Part II - Empathy-Based Fundraising - September 9-10
Part III - Leadership and Grassroots Operation - October 21-22

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 discounted bundle of $695 for all three sessions. Fundraising assistance and limited financial aid is available to offset the cost of tuition and travel.