Elevate 2021 Program

Elevate Campaign Training for People with Disabilities

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Register for Elevate 2021

Would you like to run for elected office or work on a political campaign? Elevate: Campaign Training for People with Disabilities is a nonpartisan campaign training program. It will teach you the skills you need to run for office or work on a campaign. We will hold seven 90-minute webinars on core campaign skills, such as fundraising, voter outreach, and building your brand as a candidate. Elevate will feature expert trainers and speakers to answer all of your questions about running a campaign. All webinars will have CART captioning, American Sign Language interpreters, and all materials will be sent at least one week before the webinar. If you need to request other accommodations, please contact Sarah Blahovec at sarah@ncil.org.

If you cannot attend the live webinars, we will be recording and sharing each session. You will also have the opportunity to submit questions ahead of time so that we can answer them during the training.

You must be a member of NCIL to participate in this webinar series. Individual NCIL memberships are just $35 / year, and $10 / year for people ages 26 and under. NCIL does not turn anyone away for financial reasons. For dues waivers or reductions, contact Tim Fuchs at tim@ncil.org. Become a NCIL member.

Course Schedule:

Introduction to Campaigns, Self and Opposition Research
Thursday, October 14, 2021
1:00 to 2:30 PM Eastern

Your Story. Your Campaign. Your Brand Online.
Thursday, October 14, 2021
3:30 to 5:00 PM Eastern

POWER Fundraising: 5 Keys to Raising Money Confidently and Effectively (Even If You’re a First-Time Candidate and Never Fundraised Before!)
Thursday, October 21, 2021
1:00 to 2:30 PM Eastern

Organizing Post Obama, Trump, and COVID
Thursday, October 21, 2021
3:30 to 5:00 PM Eastern

Harnessing Your Power to Advocate for Change
Thursday, October 28, 2021
1:00 to 2:30 PM Eastern

Fundamentals of Digital Media
Thursday, October 28, 2021
3:30 to 5:00 PM Eastern

Campaign Outreach Methods: Paid, Earned and Owned Media, Direct Mail, and Email Marketing
Thursday, November 4, 2021
1:00 to 2:30 PM Eastern

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What if I can’t attend the live webinars?

A: We recognize that not everybody can attend live webinars on Thursday afternoons. These webinars will be recorded, and the recordings will be available to attendees within two business days of the training. You will also have the opportunity to submit questions before the webinars. We will ask these questions during the live training.

The recordings will also be available to everyone on the NCIL website after Elevate is over.

Q: Will I receive materials before the live webinar?

A: All attendees will receive slide presentations a week ahead of the live webinar. If you need other accommodations, please contact Sarah Blahovec at sarah@ncil.org.

Q: Is this program beginner-friendly? What if I don’t want to run for office?

A: Elevate is perfect for people who have never run for elected office or worked on a campaign before. It is great for people who want to run for a local or state government office. It is also good for people who want to work for or volunteer with a political campaign.