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Ready to Win® is a unique two-track advanced campaign training for New Americans who want to run for office or serve as a senior level staff member on campaigns in the next two years.

We are now accepting applications for Ready to Win 2022! Apply for the Candidate Track or Campaign Leadership Track by July 11th to get ready to run, win, and lead!

During this “boot camp” style program, participants gain the hands-on campaign skills needed to run and win, including how to develop a comprehensive campaign plan and build a sustainable community-based movement that fosters civic engagement and a commitment to voting.

We offer two routes into our Ready to Win training:

  • CANDIDATE TRACK

The Candidate Track at Ready to Win provides media training, the opportunity to receive stump speech feedback, and strategies on how to best message to and connect with voters. This track also dives into fundraising and call time strategies, preparing future candidates to make successful asks and determining their fundraising network. As a participant in the candidate track, you will have the opportunity to be in community with fellow candidates and campaign staffers as you start strategizing for your campaign with the support of other New American Leaders from across the country.

  • CAMPAIGN LEADERSHIP TRACK

Our Campaign Leadership Track will explore team management, identifying and engaging New American communities, and how to keep volunteers and supporters engaged. You will learn about finance rules and compliance as well as field and fundraising strategies to help your candidate win. Ready to Win will offer you the opportunity to step into a career in campaign management with the right skills and network. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration costs $150 for selected participants and $400 for declared candidates. 

All meals will be provided during the training. There will be no reimbursements for food or local travel during the training.

Travel and hotel accommodations will be provided for all non-declared participants located outside of the DC area. Please note that the hotel lodging is a SHARED room with another participant. Declared candidates will need to cover airfare and hotel accomodations on their own.

All things campaigns! Some unique modules NAL offers are how to run as a New American, how to expand the electorate during your campaign, and how to use your campaign as a tool to build a movement. All participants will be immersed in a campaign simulation and build a campaign plan.

Everyone with an interest in public service is encouraged to apply. Preference will be given towards those with a New American background (anyone who identifies closely with the immigrant experience), and those from marginalized communities. 

* If you have previously attended Ready to Win or have been a New American Fellow, you are not eligible to apply.

Participants will be in one of two tracks: the Candidate Track or the Campaign Leadership Track. Some sessions may be offered to both tracks, while others will be specifically tailored to the Candidate Track and Campaign Leadership Track. All participants will go through a campaign simulation. In campaign teams, participants will put their learnings into practice and develop a campaign plan.

Ready to Win starts on Friday, August 26th, 2022 at 8am and lasts until 3pm on Monday, August 29th, 2022. People traveling into Washington, D.C. are expected to arrive on Thursday, August 25th, 2022, the night before the training. The training sessions will last from 8am-8pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You are not allowed to miss any part of the training.

*If a conflict arises that impedes your full participation, unfortunately you will no longer be able to participate.

Your health and safety is our utmost priority. As an applicant and future participant, you are acknowledging the COVID-19 waiver and expectations. This includes: showing proof of full vaccination, completing and submitting a COVID-19 questionnaire prior to attending and during the training, and abiding by such social distancing and/or face mask requirements throughout the entire duration of the program.

Read our full COVID Safety Acknowledgement and Waiver here.

ARE YOU READY TO WIN?