Worried about the direction of our government? Don’t just tweet. Get in there and do something about it.
Slate offers a quick start, and Nation Builder's has a free 2-hour online course on How to Run for Office.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee provides supports for candidates through fundraising efforts, volunteers, expert guidance, trainings, a “Call Out the Vote” program, and “Campaign in a Box” technology. Their previous candidates include Elizabeth Warren, Mark Takano, and Cecilia Tkaczyk.
Run for Something recruits and supports progressive Democratic candidates 35 years old and younger, with the goal of building a passionate and radical bench of elected officials who break the dominant pattern of old, rich, white, male politicians. Once a potential candidate has signed up and been evaluated through a one-on-one phone call, they gain access to the Run for Something Slack community, mentors, training programs from partner organizations, publicity help, and even funding.
The New Leaders Council prepares progressive millennials for leadership positions in various industries through Training Academy sessions of varying lengths and topics (e.g. fundraising, communications, digital outreach, and political leadership), as well as an annual National Leadership Retreat and NLC Institute Fellows program.
While 50 percent of the population is female, by every measure, women hold only 5 to 25 percent of the senior leadership positions in business and government. As a result, women’s ideas and concerns have gone unheard at the top levels where decisions are made. That's changing fast.
The She Should Run Incubator provides thoughtful guidance and support to woman and girls considering a future run for office. A set of online courses help you develop practical skills and give context for what matters most through the lens of public service. Ask a woman you know to run here or start your own own journey with the Incubator here.
Running Start is working to inspire and train the next generation of young women political leaders.
Emerge Pennsylvania, one of 17 state Emerge programs, trains a handful of Democratic women for public office each year through a curriculum that covers campaign strategy, effective public speaking, fundraising, publicity, networking, cultural competency, and ethical leadership over the course of 7 months.
The Pennsylvania Women's Campaign Fund is the only bipartisan organization in PA devoted to supporting progressive women candidates for election to the General Assembly and local office.
VoteRunLead is a nonpartisan, national organization that supports women pursuing transformative leadership through tips, trainings, events, and webinars. Their online training series, VRL Live! guides participants through various stages of political life and readiness, and includes specific campaign planning, a 90-day challenge to take 30 political actions, and lessons by women from non-traditional backgrounds who ran for office and won.
Run to Win is a series of half-day political candidate trainings operated by Emily's List for pro-choice women. The program guides participants through the fundamentals of running for office, starting with the questions to consider personally and building to the campaign itself.
"We need new leadership. We need young leadership. We need women leadership. We need people of color.