Signature Program

Six-months and 70-hours of training that gives women all the skills they need to run and win.

Our Program

The Emerge New Jersey training program is a unique opportunity for Democratic women who want to run for public office. It is the only in-depth, 70-hour training program that inspires candidates to run and gives them the tools to win. As a program member, you will be exposed to a variety of campaign and election experts. You will meet an array of dynamic women who hold elected and appointed office. Through Emerge, you are given specific opportunities to expand your political network. As an Emerge program member, you become a part of a supportive network which includes a national network of Emerge alumnae, Emerge board and advisory council members.

Our Curriculum

Participants meet one day a month for a total of 80 hours and receive comprehensive training on the following topics:

Creating your message
Building Blocks Democrats 101
Messaging
Media and Messaging
Fundraising
Cultural Competency
Mock Campaign
Labor/Power brokers
Field Day
VAN and targeting

Who Trains?

Emerge trainers are comprised of a premiere team of campaign consultants, advisors and staff from all over the country. Many of them have been involved in some of the most successful campaign and initiatives we’ve seen in recent election cycles. They come from backgrounds that span over fundraising, direct mail, field strategy, communications, press management and campaign messaging. They have won races from the city council to the governor’s mansion.

Selection Criteria

Emerge New Jersey seeks bright, self-motivated women who are committed to effective and ethical political leadership. Criteria for selection include:

  • Evidence of political leadership experience or potential and meaningful involvement in workplace or community;
  • Interest in pursuing political office;
  • Demonstrated ability to bring together disparate groups to achieve a goal;
  • Ability and desire to build effective networks;
  • Ability to articulate a personal political vision;
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire others;
  • Commitment to full participation and attendance requirements of the trainings.
  • Applicants must be registered Democratic women.

Emerge New Jersey will select no more than 25 women who meet the above criteria and who we believe have the potential to be political leaders.

Emerge embraces diversity and encourages applications from all women regardless of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation or physical abilities.

It’s Time to Step Up!

We need your participation to start a revolution! We’re looking for women who are engaged in their communities and want to effect change. It doesn’t matter if you’re thinking of running for local school board or the U.S. Senate. We can help you get ready to run!