Prepare yourself to run and govern by understanding the context around the biggest policy issues impacting your constituents, the stories and language your constituents use to speak about these issues, the governing authorities you will have access to once in office to affect these issues, and experts you can consult to dig deeper when needed.
Empowered To Run is developing an online course for each state, partnering with the top nonpartisan think tanks in your area and opening up their expertise to you.
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Sign up for our Pennsylvania course here!
Don't worry - you don't need to become a policy expert to run for office successfully or govern effectively. But to develop, build connections around, and defend your platform, it's important to be solidly familiar with the major policies affecting your community: the basic background, the prevailing positions and narratives, and the political constituencies behind them. And to tune and eventually deliver on campaign promises, it’s crucial to understand the authorities and tools you will have in government, and where you may need the support of others. By the end of this course, you will be better equipped to navigate your state's policy & governance terrain.
We will prepare you in six stages, answering key questions along the way:
You will complete the course having developed your own tailored policy briefing book with stories from your future constituents that you will be able to reference on the campaign trail and beyond.
We welcome and encourage any candidate or prospective candidate for state or local elected office to sign up. Whether you are actively running in the next election or considering running in a future cycle, this course will prepare you to engage on the issues that matter to your future constituents.
We also highly encourage candidates to bring along a partner from your (future) campaign team or kitchen cabinet with whom you can discuss issues and tackle assignments.
Instruction is conveniently online, accessible through our web platform and iOS and Android apps. Additionally, we will sync up during one-hour live session each week through Zoom video conference.
Lessons are split into bite-sized video lectures that you can easily fit into your busy schedules. Exercises and supplemental readings help reinforce and localize what you've learned. Empowered To Run staff and our state partners will facilitate the course and keep you on track with achievable deadlines.
In your capstone project, you will interview a diverse set of your own community members about the policy issues you've learned about, hear their perspectives, and capture their stories and language.
Requirements to earn your Certificate of Completion will be announced before the course launch.
We ask all participants to commit to providing periodic feedback during the course and agreeing to brief interviews with training staff before and after the course. This allows us to further tailor and improve the course to fit your needs.
Reactions to previous courses taught by Empowered To Run
THIS IS AMAZING. I cannot even begin to explain how much pressure this takes off of me trying to figure this out on my own... I honestly loved it and I’d do it again in a hot second! It’s put me on the best start I could have asked for.
I can't imagine figuring all of this out on my own; and given I am starting from scratch; it would have taken me a lot longer to find a mentor who could have helped me... The Empowered to Run course certainly has given me more confidence and shortened my timeline in running for office.
This is an awesome program! As someone who works on a lot of local (and often first time candidates') campaigns, I can tell you that this is a solid model and will be sure to recommend it.