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.

 **Classes and instructors are subject to change**
Click here to submit your application online or you can also download the DOC file here and email us at with your supporting documents and scanned application.

This is our most popular program, so act quickly! If you are interested in registering, please read and complete the entire application and send us the appropriate documentation.

Last year, our class of 2016 was the largest we’ve ever had. 

Sign up now! Space is limited.