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Breaking Into Communications

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Join Democratic GAIN for a workshop on Breaking Into Communications this Friday, April 2nd at 12 PM!

Whether you want to work on the Hill, a campaign, for a labor union, or for a non-profit issue advocacy organization, Breaking Into Communications will cover the basics of working with the press, creating a message, finding communications jobs and preparing your resume & materials to get the job.

This is perfect for anyone who’s thinking about exploring communications or for anyone who’s still trying to nab that press assistant position on the Hill. We'll give you an overview of the basics of communications as well as advice & tips from the professionals to get your foot in the door. 

Trainers include:
Korey Hartwich with AFSCME
Jessica Smith with Senator Jim Webb
Kombiz Lavasany with New Partners

Details: What: Breaking Into Communications Workshop
When: Friday, April 2nd from 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Where: GAIN Office - 1850 M Street NW, Suite 1100 (11th Fl) DC

Tags:  career advice  job advice  job search  training  workshop 

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DCCC Fellows Program

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Friday, March 26, 2010
Are you looking for leadership role on a top tier Congressional campaign? Want to receive top-level campaign training? 

Then the DCCC's fellows program might be for you!

The DCCC will be training and placing fellows in top tier Congressional races around the country from now through Election Day. This is a great opportunity to help Democrats keep the majority in 2010 and learn the in's and out's of a Congressional campaign.

The fellows program will be offered on three different schedules:
Summer Session: June-End of August
Full Session: June-Election Day
Fall GOTV Session: End of August-Election Day

For more information check out the website:

To apply for this program please fill out the online application and submit a one page resume and cover letter to no later than April 1st 2010.

Tags:  get a job  training 

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Want Better Results For Your Organization?

Posted By GAIN STAFF, Thursday, March 11, 2010
The Management Center is now accepting applications for this spring's four month long management training program, "Managing to Change the World.” The program is five Friday morning sessions in DC for a small group of people with other activities between sessions. The goal is to instill great practices of management into non profit leaders and their organizations to help them get better results in pursuit of their missions.

Visit their website for more info:

Applications are due April 2nd.

Tags:  employers  hiring advice  skills building  training 

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Two More Great Partner Organization Trainings:Wellstone Action & Democracy for America - Check them out!

Posted By Democratic GAIN, Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Hey all - I just learned of a couple of great training opportunities by some partner organizations and wanted to pass them on to you right away.

1 - Wellstone Action is hosting another one of their great Advanced Campaign Management School from December 9 - 13 in St. Paul, MN. 

This intensive four and a half-day training is designed for individuals with a high-level of past electoral experience and those who plan to play leadership roles in 2010 campaigns.  Drawing on cutting-edge best practices and led by expert practitioners with decades of electoral success, this training is for people serious about managing winning progressive campaigns.

Participation in this training is by application-only.  The deadline is Monday, October 12th; all applicants will be notified of their application status by Monday, October 19th.

Training sessions and exercises will focus on core campaign competencies, including:

    * Campaign planning and budgeting
    * Message development and delivery
    * Earned and paid media
    * Targeting and direct voter contact (voter registration, ID, persuasion, and GOTV)
    * Direct mail
    * Issue and opposition research
    * Online organizing
    * Fundraising
    * Management and leadership

The training will take place in Saint Paul, MN, and will run from 9:00am to 9:00pm each day starting December 9th, and end by early afternoon on Sunday, December, 13th.  The cost of attending this training is $500, which includes our book, Winning Your Election the Wellstone Way, materials, and meals during the training.  A limited number of scholarships will be available.  This does not include travel and lodging.  Click here to download an application.

2 - Democracy for America has returned with their very popular "Night School" online training program, with next Wednesday's topic being Campus Organizing. 

Click here to RSVP!

We will be joined by three of the most talented student organizers
around, representing the College Democrats, Power Shift, Greenpeace
and Network.  These organizers will discuss the strategies and tactics
for mobilizing today's college students.

RSVP today, and listen next Wednesday, September 23rd to hear how today's college
students are making a difference.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with Night School, its a free online training program that you the listener can stream live from the convenience of your own home.

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Chicago Training opportunity: GAIN Discount expires today

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Over on the GAIN LinkedIn Group, we just discovered a great training opportunity that GAIN members can get discounts to if you register today:

(Note: this is not a Democratic GAIN event, but it is a great opportunity, so we are passing it along).

DISCOUNTED TICKETS available for Campaign Training (Downtown Chicago). Limited-time offer.
Members of Democratic Gain on Linked-in can now receive a major discount for Chicago’s paramount Campaign Training.

Benefit from workshops addressing the vital components of running for office with the hidden secrets to campaign success. If you plan to win, you must plan to attend this all inclusive campaign training sponsored by Grainger Terry, Inc. and Politics Magazine.

PLAN TO WIN: A Road Map to Election Victory

September 26th-27th

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza – Chicago, IL

DEMOCRATIC GAIN DISCOUNT: $125.00 OFF! (Enter discount code: FRIEND).

YOUR TICKET: $50.00*

Original Ticket Value: $175.00

*This special pricing available through Noon, Wednesday, September 16. Please register today to ensure your discount.

For details and to RSVP:

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NOI Trainings and Webinars

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Tuesday, September 15, 2009
(NOTE: this is not a Democratic GAIN event, but they are great opportunities to network and build your skills, so we are passing along the information)

NOI (the New Organizing Institute) has a great training coming up in San Francisco on October 5th & 6th.  Click here to learn more and register! 

This training is geared toward individuals who work for a progressive nonprofit and are a) working to develop an online presence, b) wondering how to use internet-based tools, and/or c) struggling with how your online work impacts your organization's mission.

In addition, click here to see the list of great training and informational webinars they have coming up!

Tags:  skills building  training 

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Training from the Texas Democratic Party

Posted By Democratic GAIN, Wednesday, September 2, 2009
(NOTE: this is not a Democratic GAIN event, but it is a great opportunity, so we are passing the information along)

The Texas Democratic Party is hosting a series of campaign camps across the state designed to train candidates and campaign staff in the fundamentals of campaigns, such as message development, communications methods, fundraising, campaign planning, targeting and how to utilize the latest technology to make your campaign more effective. 

Courses will be taught by experienced political professionals, providing participants not only the opportunity to learn, but also to network.  Each camp is two days long and is scheduled on a weekend.   

The next camps are scheduled for September 19th & 20th in San Antonio and October 17th & 18th in Fort Worth.  Due to space limitations, registration is required.  Registrants who are accepted for participation in each camp will be notified at least 1 week prior to the event for which they have registered.  Admission is free for those who are accepted.  Reserve your spot today by registering at

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Terrysa Guerra at or call 512-478-9800.

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Progressive MD 2010 Election Trainings

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Monday, August 31, 2009
(NOTE:  this is not a Democratic GAIN event, but it is a great training and networking opportunity, so we are passing along the information)

Progressive Maryland presents:  2010 Election Trainings for
Candidates, Campaign Managers, Staffers and Activists!

Full-day FREE training
Saturday, Sept. 26th
8:00am - 6:00pm
Location TBD

This full-day training includes breakfast & lunch, plus seminars on:
  • Campaign Management
  • Fundraising
  • Targeting
  • Message
  • Voter Contact
  • Scheduling
  • GOTV
Plus:  2-hour mini-trainings throughout September across the state!

For more information and to reserve your place, contact Rion Dennis at or 301-437-9006.

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I cannot tell a lie, the training was pretty awesome

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Monday, August 31, 2009
Happy Monday everyone -

Just a quick note to tell you, if you missed Saturday's Keep It Going Training, you kinda missed out. 

We had over 90 people there all day on a Saturday in August to learn how to WORK HARDER for the candidates and causes in which they believe.  Pretty incredible!

The presenters and speakers were all on their A-game, and everyone seemed really pleased with the day.

I just want to thank everyone who was involved in the success - Saturday was a team effort! 

I know whoever takes over as ED will be as committed to continuing to bring great training and skills-building opportunities to our members as I have been, so fear not if you missed'll have more chances. 

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Keep It Going Activist Training 2009 with Steny Hoyer

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I wanted to announce a fun day-long training that will be a great refresher or starter for newly minted organizers and entry-level professionals!  It's also perfect for those uber-volunteers you met last year on the campaign trail...hope to see you there!

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer presents:

Keep It Going Activist Training 2009

We kicked butt in 2008, but we can't accomplish our goals without
Keeping in Going in 2009 and beyond...

So please join Rep. Steny Hoyer, the Maryland Democratic Party & Democratic GAIN for a day of training seminars aimed at learning lessons from 2008 to carry forward to continued victory in 2009/2010!

Don't miss critical sessions on:

Why winning the MD State Legislature is critical this year
Who needs your help in 2010
How to Throw a Rockin' House Party
New Media Tools & How to Use Them
and much, much more!

Registration is only $10 and includes lunch & training materials
Click here to register

This training is perfect for the anyone who got motivated in 2008 and wants to stay involved and be even more effective in 2009/2010

Tags:  networking  skills building  training 

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