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.

For more information about Boot Camp, please contact us at (202) 785-3634 or by email at bootcamp@CBCInstitute.org.


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*

“The Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s Political Boot Camp program helped operationalize my desire to change the world. Boot Camp trained me and gave me the tools necessary to not only win elections also positively impact my community. The most valuable part of my experience was gaining an extended family of political experts. Ten years later, we are actively still supporting each other in our work whether it is running for office or tapping into each other’s expertise for campaigns and national partnerships. CBCI Political Boot Camp has truly rained some of the best political operatives and candidates in the world.” 

-Waikinya Clanton

“The CBCI Boot Camp not only changed my life but it gave me a blessed assurance about the road I felt called to travel. The speakers, challenges, networking, team building, exposure, and the real world applications garnered during the experience have not only been helpful for me in politics and in business but most importantly the things I learned at Boot Camp have helped me to be a better servant leader.”

 -Antjuan Searight


Tel: 202-785-3634


413 New Jersey Avenue Southeast
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 785-3634

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