2014 Annual Intensive Political Training Program
The CBCI Political Leadership "Boot Camp" is a highly-acclaimed nine-day intensive program. It is designed to help participants develop the expertise to become the leaders, strategists, and key staff members who will conduct successful candidate and issue campaigns or lead public and private sector policy work.
This non-partisan educational program is offered each summer in the national capital area. Approved applicants participate in a comprehensive curriculum developed and led by outstanding facilitators who help students learn proven strategies and develop skills that are critical to winning, including:
- How to develop a winning strategy and develop and execute a successful campaign plan,
- How to develop and lead an effective campaign staff and volunteer team,
- How to develop and communicate effective messages,
- How to raise the funds needed to win,
- How to take advantage of the latest technology.
Our approach to political leadership development is highly-interactive. For example, all participants will engage in a simulated campaign during the boot camp. They will fulfill specific campaign team roles, compete in an election with other teams, and experience what is required to develop and lead either an electoral or ballot initiative campaign, from the origins of the campaign through Election Day.
The first CBCI Boot Camp was held in 2002. Today, more than 500 graduates are putting the political leadership skills they developed to work. Alumni typically forge strong bonds and long-lasting relationships with their peers in the program. Most not only stay in touch through a variety of methods and reunions following the boot camp, they also support one another by making contributions, showing up to help run campaigns, or helping to teach future boot camp students. Many alumni describe their time at the CBCI boot camp as a transformative experience.
We invite you to apply to join this dynamic, powerful group of public and private sector policy leaders. If you'd like to get more of a feel for what to expect, check out a brief video with some of the highlights from the 2013 CBCI Boot Camp.
All registered voters are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is June 15, 2014.