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This past year I was accepted to the Front Line Leaders Academy (FLLA- a program under the People for the American Way Foundation), a national highly competitive year-long training program for future progressive elected officials. I received over 150 hours of training in campaign management, fundraising, voter engagement, public speaking and press as a member of a class of 20 progressives from across the country. We've had 3-day trainings in Michigan, North Carolina, Arizona, and our graduation will be in D.C. Let me take you through my FLLA journey....
MICHIGAN: Minutes into our training, we were asked to get in front of the room and deliver an impromptu speech in front of all the fellows, elected officials, and our media strategist. To intensify the training, I did a mock political candidate on-camera interview. This was the first time I had ever been given the opportunity to do an interview in front of a camera. Most importantly, I learned the difference in technique when appearing on television and before a live audience, and how to respond to the media in the age of the 24-hour news cycle.
NORTH CAROLINA: This training was heavily concentrated on digging (lots of digging!) through relevant election data and how to use it effectively. I learned about the key components that must be considered when preparing a field plan for a campaign, such as budgeting, assessing resources, creating a timeline, and calculating a "win number". I learned the most effective way to raise money and make an effective financial ask.. For many women, young people, and people of color, fundraising is one of the biggest obstacles to running for office. FLLA provided me the skills to overcome this obstacle and make it into a movement. (Part of what I'm doing at this exact moment!)
ARIZONA: Besides public speaking, getting out the vote and fundraising, candidates must also know how to deal with the media/press and how to manage campaign resources. I learned the difference between earned and paid media and how to maximize on each of these. I also learned how to effectively manage limited resources, such as time, money, people during a campaign, and develop an effective campaign plan.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: I will culminate my training with a series of campaign simulations complete with every aspect of a political campaign, including fundraising, communications, management and field. As part of this graduation project, I must prove my fundraising abilities by raising real money to contribute to the People For the American Way Foundation's Front Line Leaders Academy and help provide the same opportunities to next year's class of fellows.
The Front Line Leaders Academy has given me the confidence and skills to successfully manage campaigns and to run for office in the near future. I was able to participate in this program due to past donors, who believed in building the next generation of progressive leaders. That is why I am personally asking you to financially support FLLA by contributing a donation today.
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