The Congressional Black Caucus Institute, incorporated in 2000, is a non-profit, non-partisan, social purpose organization operating under the IRS designation of 501 (c)(4). Over the past 12 years, the CBC Institute has played a pivotal role in training the next generation of political leaders and providing voters with relevant information regarding issues in their communities.
Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (MS) chairs the CBC Institute’s Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is comprised of three Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and other dedicated professional leaders who represent academia, business, finance, law, labor and public and private organizations.
The CBC Institute’s Mission and Motto” Educating Today’s Voters and Training Tomorrow’s Political Leaders” guides the program activities of the organization. This Mission is defined and accomplished in the following manner:
- Educating Voters – The primary activities of the Institute geared to educating voters include: (1) research and analysis relating to the redistricting process and the preservation of minority voting representation; and (2) conducting public policy conferences, town hall meetings, presidential primary debates, and other programs which advocate public policy engagement, voter participation and education
- Training Tomorrow’s Political Leaders –The Mission is two-fold: (a) to create opportunities for young African American and other minorities whose backgrounds, interests, and aspirations guide them toward public service and (b) generating a cadre of minority professionals who are well-qualified with regard to public and private sector policy issues and the conduct of successful political campaigns. This mission is accomplished by the conduct of an annual intensive 10- day training program “Boot Camp”. Boot Camp graduates, now totaling nearly 400 as of July, 2010, have assumed responsible roles in their communities, including holding elected offices, managing major political campaigns, serving as program directors and community leaders, as well as becoming highly regarded professionals in their respective public and private sector positions. In addition, the Institute has also held and is prepared to hold a short term (one to two day) Boot Camp program on college campuses.