Bootcamp Training

2023 Bootcamps

Educator Bootcamp: February 3 – 5 (Application Deadline December 31)
School board races have become the new political battleground for culture wars. Democratic values are increasingly coming under attack, including attempts to dismantle the teaching of inclusive history, denying LGBTQAI2S+ recognition for their identities, and prohibiting the ability of transgender students to participate on sports teams that match with their gender identity.

Educators have been on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic and debates about curriculum, and yet they are greatly under-represented as policymakers on school and education commissions.

Working with the Colorado Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, and education leaders across the state, Emerge Colorado is hosting our first-ever Educators Bootcamp the weekend of February 3 – 5. There will be both in-person and online options.

We will train teachers and educational allies to run for office at every level of government. Topics include messaging an education platform, engaging with education policy experts, and the nuts and bolts of running a campaign.

Applications are now open, so apply today!

Grand Junction Bootcamp: July 13 – 16

In the Spring we will hold a traditional Bootcamp for Democratic Women who want to run for office. This Three Day training will be offered in person and online. Learn more about what to expect from an Emerge Bootcamp below.

Our Program

The Emerge Colorado Bootcamp training program is a unique opportunity for Democratic women who want to run for public office, learn to run campaigns, or are current candidates for elected office. Our Bootcamp is a specially designed training program that inspires candidates to run and gives them the tools to win. The curriculum is tried and true with amazing results.

As a Bootcamp participant, you will be exposed to various campaign and election experts and meet an array of dynamic women who hold elected and appointed offices. Through Emerge, you are given specific opportunities to expand your political network. As an Emerge graduate, you become a part of a supportive network across Colorado and the country that’s over 5,000 women strong.

Our Curriculum

We provide a top-notch expertly-developed curriculum! Our trainers include political experts from across the state, elected women, and some of the most successful campaign staff in the country. We will cover topics including:

Public Speaking and Communication
Media and Messaging
Campaign Strategy
Labor and Endorsements
Technology and New Media
Cultural Competency
Field Operations
Ethical Leadership

Who Should Apply?

  • Democratic women interested in developing their political leadership and community engagement
  • Applicants must be self-identified women or nonbinary, registered Democrats, and live in Colorado
  • Democratic women candidates running for election at any level (including nonpartisan races) in the future.
  • BIPOC, LGBTQI+ women are strongly encouraged to apply!




Email Kristen Seidel at with any questions about our upcoming trainings.