Our Training Program

The Emerge California Training Program 

Applications for the Emerge California
Class of 2023 are NOW OPEN!
Apply by August 15, 2022.
Click here to learn more about the application process.

Emerge California’s signature program is a 6-month, intensive training program for Democratic women who are planning to run for elected office. The training equips leaders with the resources, knowledge, connections and community of support necessary for a successful run for elected office. Emerge California is intentional about recruiting self-identified Democratic women from groups that have been historically excluded from politics, including the New American Majority — Black, Brown, and Indigenous women, women of color, LGBTQ+ women, and young and unmarried women. 

In 2023, we will train approximately 40-45 program members throughout the state. The 6-month training runs from January to June.

The following information is intended to introduce you to Emerge California, help you discover why you should apply, and provide all the information you need to know about our recruitment and selection process and our signature training. We recommend taking these actions if you are interested in applying for the Emerge California Class of 2022: 

  • Get to know Emerge California by reading our statement, “This is Our Why.” (More information about us can be found in the “About” section, and we encourage you to check out the Emerge California Alums who are currently serving in elected office!)
  • Discover why you should apply to train with us and run for elected office.
  • Understand the Application Process, including information about the application timeline and fee, our regional cohorts, program tuition and scholarship and grant opportunities, and the time and fundraising commitments if accepted into the program.
  • Learn the Selection Criteria for how program members are selected to participate in the program.
  • Join our Recruitment Info Sessions this summer — we’d love to meet you and answer any questions you may have!
  • Review Our Curriculum and meet our top-notch Trainers.