July 12, 2017


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 by the Emerging Leaders Project Board 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.


What are the qualifications to be a part of the program?

Emerging Leaders Project, Inc. is committed to helping recruit and develop young leaders who are interested in state politics. Ideal candidates would have some experience in politics, but not too much. Those who are currently in elected office or have extensive campaign experience will likely not find the material presented useful and are discouraged from applying.


How much does the Emerging Leaders Project cost?

The program is free to the participants! Thanks to a generous contribution by former State Chairman Robin Winston and former IDP 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.


How to apply for the Emerging Leaders Project?

Applications are accepted starting May 1 st each year, 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.