The Institute for a Democratic Future - IDF - offers training to exceptional Democratic young leaders ages 21 to 36. The topics focus on three major areas:
• Public policy and emerging issues
• The legislative and political process
• Campaigns and elections
IDF is a six-month fellowship from January through June, occurring over eleven intensive weekends, plus a week in Washington DC. Programming for these weekends focuses on a diverse range of political topics. The program covers the nuts and bolts of campaigns and elections, geographic issues from around the state, and developing leadership skills with our fellows. The program offers a rich curriculum, networking opportunities, and will leave participants with lasting ties to their current class and other alumni.
Participants meet with elected officials, leading experts, business owners, lobbyists, nonprofit leaders, and people making a difference in their communities all over the state and in Washington D.C. Class members get engaged in the political process while introducing them to the people and issues that are affecting our state. Each year IDF graduates a “farm team” of progressive leaders who go out into the world and make a difference within campaigns, policy jobs, non profits, and in their communities.
Participants travel across Washington state and topics cover a breadth of policy issues including agriculture, homelessness, transportation, education, energy, and the environment. The days in Washington, DC and Olympia have included meeting elected officials, lobbyists, and dignitaries. Campaign training includes development of a campaign plan, effective messaging and communications, volunteer recruitment, and managing a budget.
IDF is accepting applications for the Class of 2019. The application period continues through Sunday, November 18. That is a short timeline, so applicants must act promptly. Email or call us soon!
Applicants will be interviewed by the members of the Okanogan County Democrats Executive Board as part of the vetting process and should bring along a CV or resume' detailing work experience, education, political involvement, plus a brief essay describing your desire to become a Democratic party leader.