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Boot Camp

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 non-partisan, 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.


Our 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 winning campaign.


Today, there are more than 600 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.

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  • 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*

Boot Camp Application
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