2021 Legislative Boot Camp

2021 Legislative Boot Camp
August 20 – 22, 2021


The application for our
2021 Legislative Boot Camp is now closed.

In 2021, Emerge California will host its first-ever Boot Camp specifically designed for current candidates for the California State Legislature and United States Congress. In the next five years, because of term limits, more than 90 seats in the California State Legislature will open. This is a tremendous opportunity to make sure the seats opening up are filled by Democratic women, and Emerge California wants to make sure you’re ready when these opportunities arise! The Legislative Boot Camp will be held virtually.


Are you a good fit for the Legislative Boot Camp?


Program Eligibility:

  • An applicant must currently be a registered Democrat.
  • An applicant must reside in the State of California.
  • An applicant must self-identify as a woman.
  • 100% attendance at the 3-day Legislative Boot Camp and commitment to full program participation.
  • An applicant must be running for the State Legislature or Congress in 2022. The only exception is for Emerge California alumna of the 6-month signature training program who are committed to running for office in 2024.
  • Interview Round: After application review, selected applicants will be invited to a virtual panel interview. Applicants must attend a 30 minute interview on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 between 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM to be considered.
  • You have paid your $25 application fee (to pay your fee, click here).

Tuition Information:

  • Legislative Boot Camp tuition is $500. For alumnae (those who previously completed the 6-month program), we are offering a reduced $400 alumnae tuition rate. Tuition may be paid as a lump sum, in installments, or through fundraising.
  • Legislative Boot Camp tuition may be paid for by your campaign: please consult your campaign team and treasurer to consider this option.
  • Please note that Emerge California is unable to offer any tuition scholarships for the Legislative Boot Camp. However, we are happy to set up fundraising web pages upon request to support individual tuition fundraising efforts.

Selection Criteria:

  • Track record of values-driven leadership.
  • Commitment to racial justice and equity.
  • Involvement in and commitment to one’s community, in public service and in politics.
  • Interest and commitment to issues that can be addressed through the desired political office.
  • Understanding of the resources necessary to run for office.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate mission and vision as a future elected official.
  • Demonstrated success in setting and achieving organizational goals.
  • Demonstrated effort and thoughtfulness in the completion of the application.


2021 Legislative Boot Camp Application Timeline

March 10, 2021
Application opens for the 2021 Legislative Boot Camp


March 10 – April 7, 2021
2021 Legislative Boot Camp Recruitment


April 7, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST Deadline extended to Thursday, April 15
Deadline to apply to the 2021 Legislative Boot Camp.
No late applications will be accepted — no exceptions


May 21, 2021
Notification to all applicants regarding the Virtual Interview Round


June 8, 2021
Virtual Interview Round

We recommend you hold this date for the Virtual Interview Round, as applicants must interview to be considered for acceptance into the program – no exceptions.

Interviews will be held virtually (via Zoom). Virtual interviews will be approximately 30 minutes and require a relatively quiet space with internet and computer access, as we require you to participate via video. If you have limited access to any of these items, we will work with you to help ensure you can participate successfully.


June 23, 2021
Announcement of the Emerge California 2021 Legislative Boot Camp Class!


Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of $25 is required at the time of the application.
You can pay your application fee online here.


Ready to Apply to the 2021 Legislative Boot Camp?!
All applications must be submitted by:
11:59 PM PST on Thursday, April 15, 2021no exceptions.

We look forward to reading your application!
Start Your Application!

Emerge California reserves the right to cancel the
2021 Legislative Boot Camp if enough qualified applicants do not apply.


A message to current and future candidates for local office: 
If you are, or will soon be, a current candidate for local office, please consider applying for our 2022 Candidate Boot Camp. This will be held February 25-27, 2022. Click here for more information.

A message to current candidates for local office:
If you are a current candidate for local office and wish to participate in a boot camp in 2021, we are excited to share that our national partner Emerge is offering boot camps for local office in 2021. Graduates of Emerge national boot camps will be considered Emerge California alumna. Click here for more information.