HRC’s Campaign College
Greetings from the Human Rights Campaign! I just wanted to forward you information about HRC’s Campaign College. Formerly known as “Youth College,” our Campaign College brings in 40 bright and energetic young people from all across the country, trains them on everything electoral, and places them on key, pro-GLBT campaigns. We run this program with the hopes of fostering a new generation of GLBT leaders by engaging GLBT youth and their allies in the political process. The campaign skills learned are very worthwhile, and participants make contacts and friendships that last a lifetime!
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Human Rights Campaign
HRC’s 2008 Campaign College, open to anyone ages 18-24, is an intensive one week training to be held August 11-17, 2008 in Washington D.C. You’ll meet great people, learn how a political campaign works, and then get a three month placement in a full-time position on a political campaign from August 18 to November 4, 2008.
Campaign Training (August 11-17, 2008)
The Human Rights Campaign will hold its intensive, week-long Campaign College training academy in August 2008 near Washington, D.C. HRC pays all expenses, including travel to and from trainings and the campaign. Nationally recognized political professionals will lead workshops on:
- planning a winning political campaign
- developing a strong message
- handling the media
- creating a field plan
- fundraising for the campaign
Campaign Experience (August 18-November 4, 2008)
After the week-long training, participants will be placed in full-time positions on political campaigns for approximately three months, from August to November. Each political campaign provides housing and gives a stipend to participants. HRC pays for travel to and from the campaign site.
Political campaigns view the Human Rights Campaign’s Campaign College participants as valuable members of their staffs. Graduates of the program have worked in every aspect of campaigns, including media relations, fund raising and field operations.
Participants have worked on various campaigns across the country, including:
- Arcuri for Congress, New York
- Chris Shays for Congress, Connecticut
- Harry Mitchell for Congress, Arizona
- Kulongoski for Governor, Oregon
- Pro-equality side of Wisconsin ballot measure
- State Legislature races, Pennsylvania
Follow-up Retreat (November 6-9, 2008)
When the campaigns end, Campaign College graduates gather again in Washington, D.C. for a follow-up retreat. They review their experiences and focus on future goals, learning how to put their new skills to work on the job or in further education.
Campaign College applicants should have:
· an interest in electoral politics and a commitment to GLBT civil rights;
· the ability to work full-time for approximately three months on a political campaign.
· complete the application form
· obtain two, one-page letters of recommendation
· write a personal statement
· submit a resume
Applications are being accepted until April 28, 2008. For more information about HRC’s Campaign College, please visit www.hrc.org/campaigncollege or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.