How Can I Become An Emerging Leader?

What does the Emerging Leaders Program include?

Those who are selected participate in the Emerging Leaders Project attend four conferences in Indianapolis throughout the year that focus on various aspects of campaign management, public policy and party building. Emerging Leaders also participate in conference calls with high-profile Democrats, are connected to a professional mentor in their home community and are invited to attend state and local party events.

Who is eligible for the Emerging Leaders Project?

Each year up to 40 young men and women, who are between the ages of 21 to 40, are selected from a pool of hundreds of applicants from across the state. Three members are selected from each of the state’s 9 Congressional Districts, with the remaining being selected at-large. To be selected, applicants must commit to attending all four conferences each year, be a resident of Indiana and be a registered Democrat.

How much does the Emerging Leaders Project cost?

The program is free to the participants! Thanks to a generous contribution by former Indiana Democratic Party State Chairman Robin Winston and former Indiana Democratic Party Political Director Pat Terrell, the majority of conference related expenses including food and supplies are covered.  Emerging Leaders are expected to provide their own transportation to the conferences and cover any parking expenses that may occur.

When can I apply for the Emerging Leaders Project?

Applications are accepted May 1, 2017 – June 15, 2017, with the actual program starting in September and concluding the following June. All applicants are notified by the end of July regarding their selection to the program.

How do I apply?

If you qualify for the program, the application period will be May 1, 2017– June 15, 2017. Meeting dates will be September 2017, December 2017, March 2018, June 2018.  Click here to apply today.

For more information email Emerging Leaders Project Chair Jeff Harris at

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