Our leadership had a vision of highly-trained individuals ready to fulfill any role from door knocker to candidate in any race, anywhere in the United States. In 2002, the vision became reality with the creation of our Political Leadership Development Program “Boot Camp”. Every summer for 7 -intensive days, participants engage in a candidate-focused curriculum developed and led by campaign experts from various backgrounds. Participants learn proven strategies and develop skills that are critical to winning campaigns. The training is funded by civic-minded corporations and Members of Congress who believe in the importance of developing the next generation of leaders.
Our non-partisan, interactive training, features cutting edge workshops in leadership, communication, fundraising and voter engagement. The pinnacle of this program is the campaign simulation in which participants fill specific roles required to develop and lead a candidate or ballot initiative campaign. Today, there are more than 500 graduates utilizing their skills on campaigns and as leaders in their communities. The Institute established an Alumni Association as a resource for graduates to stay connected with fellow alumni through networking, job opportunities and events throughout the year.
92.8% of boot camp graduates are employed in a political/campaign related field
84.0% of boot camp graduates say the training prepared them for their current positions
86.0% of boot camp graduates say that they have or will run for political office
*Data based on recent survey of boot camp alumni*