Our bootcamps give Democratic women the timely skills they need during active campaigns. Political strategists and trainers teach attendees the same critical elements of campaigning covered in our Signature Training Program, condensed into an intensive weekend program.
Emerge Vermont Candidate Bootcamp is a three-day intensive program designed to train women who have already declared their candidacy for competitive local offices, state legislature, and statewide offices. Bootcamps include the training, associated materials, and food. Participants are responsible for their own lodging. Attendees who complete the bootcamp are considered Emerge Vermont bootcamp alums and have access to alum resources as well as continuing education opportunities for alums. Tuition may be paid by personal or campaign accounts. Due to campaign finance regulations, we cannot provide scholarships to bootcamp participants who are also active candidates.
Emerge Regional Bootcamps are offered for current candidates across a specific region of the country. The curriculum and requirements are the same as state-centered bootcamps, with the added benefit of working with a broader pool of program members. Vermont women have participated in regional bootcamps in partnership with other New England and Mid-Atlantic states as well as nationally.
Emerge Vermont Local is a intensive afternoon program specifically designed for women considering running for local office, such as school board, selectboard, or library trustee. Running for local office in Vermont is unique. These races take place over a condensed campaign schedule and generally don’t require significant fundraising, so they are unlike legislative or statewide races. However, local races definitely require strong community engagement and public speaking skills, the ability to succeed in small-town and personal politics, and relationship building. Led by trainers who have successfully navigated these waters, this afternoon program will help prepare you for the specifics of local politics, Vermont style.
There will be a bootcamp held in Vermont in the fall of 2023, dates to be announced. Please check back for updates or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.