November 12, 2019/Blog, Media

How the Texas Democratic Party’s training academy will turn Texas blue in 2020

I’m excited to announce we’re now accepting applications for our second class of Staff the Movement!

Staff the Movement is the Texas Democratic Party’s three-month academy to give future campaign professionals the skills they need. A first-of-its-kind program designed to recruit and train the next generation of campaign staff and give us the advantage in this election.

Our Staff the Movement program is a crucial aspect of our 2020 strategy. Our first program was a game changer. We trained 57 Texas-based campaign staff and placed a majority of graduates in campaign jobs across our state.

That’s why we’re excited to be launching a second Staff the Movement Academy. The academy will consist of online and in-person trainings between January and March of next year. The application period runs through December 1, 2019.

We’re looking for people who are interested in working on a campaign and helping Democrats win in 2020. Sound like you? Then let’s get started. Apply for admission today:

We aim to diversify and professionalize campaign staff and provide an entry point to politics for those looking to get involved. The participants from our first Staff the Movement Academy were diverse and represented the entire state of Texas — 71% of participants identified as a minority and 61% identified as female.

This program is carefully developed and designed for community members who have a passion for social justice and are interested in getting involved in Texas politics.

Our Staff the Movement Academy consists of three immersive weekends of in-person training and rigorous online coursework. Participants will gain experience through management and leadership training, small group town halls, executing a canvass and day of action, communications and digital training, developing a volunteer recruitment and growth plan, and drafting a budget and fundraising plans.

Members can expect to spend between three weekends at in-person trainings and 10 hours a week on online work. These trainings will be facilitated by leaders from the Texas Democratic Party, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Texas State House representatives, and other national partners and experts,

After completing the program, the Texas Democratic Party helps Staff the Movement graduates finalize their resumes and get recruited by campaigns, so they can focus on electing more Texas Democrats.

The majority of graduates from our 2019 program are now working on campaigns in various capacities, including as campaign managers in targeted State House districts, as call time managers, and as executive directors for county parties.

As momentum continues to build ahead of the 2020 election, we’ll only continue to grow the program.

Applications to participate in the Staff the Movement program are now open and applicants have until December 1 to apply.

We encourage everyone to apply, regardless of if you have political experience. We know that we’re stronger in numbers. The application process is simple but competitive, as we have extremely limited space.

By mobilizing together, we can take our victory all the way to the White House.

Apply for our 2020 Staff the Movement program: