Great News! We are still accepting applications for our Fall 2017 Electoral Activism and Leadership Academy till September 29th! Below is a tentative schedule. Classes will meet on Saturdays from 10 am to 12pm, beginning Saturday, October 14 and ending Saturday, December 16.
Campaign Finance | NYC Campaign Finance Board| October 14 Learn the technical nuts and bolts of campaign finance including important rules and regulations.
Becoming a Candidate | Jerry H. Goldfeder, Esq. | October 21
ABC’s of becoming a candidate from the collection of a petition to the political defense of petitions in court. Considerations in deciding to run and declaring candidacy.
Messaging | Eli Valentin | October 28
Learn how to create a political message that supporters can identify with to mobilize voters and funders.
Mobilization – Building a Base | Mike Nieves | November 4
Become skilled at creating a volunteer base using community economic and political issues that affect the district where you are planning to run or manage a campaign.
Fundraising and Ethics | Jaime Estades and Howard Jordan | November 11
Learn the art of fundraising and identifying strategies to help a candidate raise funding for their campaign.
Media Relations | Bob Liff| November 18
Have you ever spoken in front of a television camera? Dynamic opportunities to role-play and learn how to talk to the press.
November 25 No Classes Thanksgiving Holiday
Technology and Techniques in Elections | Steve Kramer | December 2
Do you know the rules for when and how to tweet, text, or phone bank? Do you know how to maximize the reach and effectiveness of your message?
Campaign Management | Eli Valentin | December 9
Steps of campaign operations from voter identification, mobilization of volunteers, direct voter contact, get-out-the-vote, and Election Day operations.
Election Plan | Mike Nieves and Eli Valentine | December 16
Connect all the pieces and create a campaign election plan from beginning to end by synthesizing strategies and tactics.