Upcoming Workshops

Oregon Civic and Community Leadership Workshop

We our proud to partner with 21st Century Veterans on the first inaugural Oregon Veterans Civic & Community Leadership Workshop, held January 26-27, 2018 at the Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon.

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This leadership training opportunity will examine the following topics:

1) the value of veterans engagement in civic and community service
2) the mechanics of engaging at the local, neighborhood, and state levels
3) veterans “issues” and how the US Department of Veterans Affairs (and associated agencies) function/operate
4) military families and veterans priorities
5) Policy 101 – an overview of the major issues impacting our nation, state, and communities – and where to find information about policies when asked about them. 
The workshops will conclude with an open dialogue about the “steps forward” for all/any interested in participating in civic and community engagement and events (with information provided from regional/local veterans’ organizations).

The workshop will tentatively begin on Friday January 26th at 5:30pm with a welcome address and the first session, with an on-site reception to follow. The workshop will continue on Saturday January 27th from 8:30am - 6:30pm, followed by a closing reception. 

Introductory Political Leadership Training

2018 Introductory Campaign Training Workshops (Washington, D.C.)

  1. January 13-14, 2018
  2. May 19-20, 2018
  3. August 18-19, 2018

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. 

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

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

2017-2018 Advanced Campaign Training (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:

  1. September 9-10, 2017: Values-Based Communication
  2. October 21-22, 2017: Empathy-Based Fundraising
  3. January 13-14, 2018: Leadership and Grassroots Operation

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.

The target audience for the workshop is current and soon-to-declare candidates, workshop alumni, and alumni from partner organizations, however other prospective attendees are welcome to contact us about participating. The tuition is $295 per session, however we strongly encourage participants to utilize Crowdrise to crowdfund their tuition and associated costs of participating.  Additionally, limited financial aid is available to offset the cost of tuition and travel.