Training Programs


They uncover the existing leadership that exists in our communities, with an emphasis on women of color and people living at the intersections of marginalized identities. They have supported over 100,000 candidates, elected officials, campaign managers, and community organizers from across the country through training, coaching, facilitation, campaigning, and capacity building.

New American Leaders

New American Leaders is leading a movement for inclusive democracy by preparing first and second generation Americans to use their power and potential in elected office.


Through college and high school chapters and programming, conferences, and fellowships, IGNITE is building a movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of political leaders.

Emerge America

Emerge America is a political leadership training program for Democratic women held in states throughout the country. The Emerge mission is to identify, educate, and inspire Democratic women who want to pursue careers in politics at the local and state levels. Fifteen to 25 applicants are chosen annually to participate in state trainings that typically meet once-monthly over 6-8 months.

New Leaders Council

New Leaders Council is a 501 (c) (3) public charity dedicated to educating a new generation of leaders and to providing those leaders with the tools they need to succeed. NLC does not support or oppose any candidate for public office and serves only as an educational leadership training ground.

Run for Something

Run for Something will recruit and support talented, passionate young people who will advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench. We’ll take a chance on people the usual “institutions” might never encounter. They help people run for offices like state legislatures, mayorships, city council seats, and more. Working get more under-35 year-olds on the ballot.

Running start

A non-partisan nonprofit that trains young women to run for public office.

Blue Institute

BLUE Institute works to bring more young people of color to the leadership of progressive campaigns. They recruit highly qualified trainees through community and activist organizations throughout the South and Southwestern portion of the United States.

She Should Run

She Should Run is a nonpartisan nonprofit promoting leadership and encouraging women from all walks of life to run for office. Programs provide an approachable starting place and network for women leaders considering a future run by providing community, resources, and growth opportunities.

CBC Institute

The Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute (“CBC Institute”) was incorporated in 2000, as a 501 (c) (4), non-profit, non-partisan social welfare organization. While our primary mission is to “Educate today’s voters and train tomorrow’s leaders”, we also inform, inspire and ignite our communities into action on issues that affect them the most.

Women’s Campaign School at Yale

Women’s Campaign School at Yale is a nonpartisan, issue-neutral political campaign training program that provides training for women who want to run for office or move up the ladder to higher elective office. Sixty to 75 applicants are chosen annually from throughout the country to participate in a five-day summer session where they are trained to run political campaigns and advance their careers in public service.

National democratic training committee

NDTC trainings are available to any Democrat or Progressive looking to make a change in their community. No litmus test. No cost.

Higher Heights for America

Higher Heights teams with partners to host in-person and online trainings that will provide candidates with the tools needed to prepare to run for elected office.

Office you can run for

Thinking about running for office next year or in the future? Filling out a form on this site will show you a list of state legislative and local offices where you can run based on your current address.

PACS That Endorse

Ascend PAC

Ascend PAC is a 527 political action committee aimed at identifying and providing financial support to emerging Democratic candidates running for local office in Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The Arena

We help talented first time candidates enter the arena and run for office.


The CBC PAC works to increase the number of African Americans in the U.S. Congress, support non-Black candidates that champion our interests, and promote African American participation in the political process.

The Collective PAC

The Collective PAC is working to fix the challenge of African American underrepresentation in elected seats of power throughout our nation.

Victory Fund

LGBTQ Victory Fund works to change the face and voice of America’s politics and achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ officials at all levels of government.

Higher Heights for America PAC

Higher Heights for America PAC is galvanizing the collective political power of our members to help elect more Black women to public office at all levels. Higher Heights for America member help Black women running for public office by supporting the PAC.

Emily’s List

Committed to driving progressive change throughout our country by winning elections that put pro-choice Democratic women into office.

National Women’s Political Caucus

NWPC is a national, pro-choice, multi-partisan, grassroots membership organization dedicated to identifying, recruiting, training and supporting women candidates for elected and appointed office.


WUFPAC is a nonpartisan political action committee that supports women forty years of age and under running for state and federal public office, at the time of endorsement. WUFPAC’s mission is twofold: To help elect more young women to elected office so that young women have an equal voice in shaping public policy. To build the seniority of women in Congress by electing women at a young age.

Run for Something

Run for Something works exclusively with progressive millennials who are running for local office for the first or second time. Run for Something will help recruit and support young diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races in order to build a bench for the future — to become possible members of the House, Senate, and maybe even President one day. Their candidates will be at least half women, as well as men of color. They look for diversity of experience. “We certainly need more LGBTQ Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and people with disabilities to run for office, and we also need more scientists, more teachers, more engineers, and more non-lawyers to run for office.”

Planned Parenthood Action Fund

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is a nonprofit, non-partisan group working to advance access to sexual health care and defend reproductive rights. While PPAF works at the national level, local Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations are fighting to defend reproductive rights in states across the country.


Raising Our Sisters’ Assets Political Action Committee (ROSA PAC) is dedicated to raising funds for women of color running for Congress to help them win, get re-elected and lead. ROSA PAC’s goal is to further the conversations and actions that positively affect women of color in the communities where they work and live.

Feminist Majority PAC

The Feminist Majority PAC was founded in 2002 to support Congressional candidates who will carry the banner of women’s rights. Feminist Majority PAC helps feminist candidates across the country with donations, contacts and campaign advice.