The New Politics Forum
New Politics Forum programs are strictly nonpartisan and work to engage people in the political process, teaching them about our nation's democratic heritage, and encouraging them to take leadership roles in their communities.
2013 Campaign Bootcamp: June 14 - 16, 2013
Campaign Bootcamp is a 3-day nonpartisan training that gives young adults the opportunity to experience a practical introduction to what it is like to work on and run a political campaign. Hands-on workshops are taught by active political professionals that cover topics such as voter contact, ground game strategy, messaging, finding your campaign narrative, and volunteer management. Our Campaign Bootcamp also includes a unique, interactive component where participants work together on mock campaign teams, with students from across the state and political spectrum, to craft a real-life campaign plan. Participants present their plans to our mock "Texas Campaign Commission" of political professionals to try and win their endorsement.
The New Politics Forum has attracted some of the best-known names in national, state, and local politics to serve as Campaign Bootcamp mentors and trainers, such as Parag Mehta (former National Training Director for the Democratic National Committee), Pasha Moore (Republican Fundraising Expert and Maverick PAC Director), Liz Chadderdon (Washington D.C.-based Democratic Media Consultant) and Kevin Moomaw (Republican Political Advisor to Lt. Governor David Dewhurst).
Who: Young adults, ages 18-29 years old (including recent high school graduates, undergraduates, and graduate students). Space is limited to no more than 40 participants!
Location: The University of Texas at Austin, Belo Center for New Media
Cost: $55.00 / participant* (*includes one parking pass for the weekend, five meals, snacks, coffee, and all course materials on a USB drive). All other program expenses will be covered by the generous sponsorship of the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.
Student Scholarships are available. Please download our scholarship application here and return it to our program coordinator, at least two weeks before the event, for review.
Download our Campaign Bootcamp information packet and tentative agenda here. Share it with friends!
Register for Campaign Bootcamp 2013:
Questions? Contact email@example.com or call (512) 471-7214.
FALL 2013 EVENTS:
Hatton W. Sumners Foundation
2013 Careers in Politics Conference
Saturday, September 21, 2013 -- Dallas, Texas
Produced in partnership with the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU
Texas Conference on Civic Life
Saturday, November 9 - Sunday, November 10, 2013
Interested in becoming a conference partner? Email Emily.Einsohn@austin.utexas.edu with your ideas!
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Meet our 2013 Campaign Bootcamp Mentors!
Luke Marchant, 2013 Republican Bootcamp mentor
- Director, 365 Strategies
- Former Political Director, Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate
- Former Campaign Manager, Pete Olson for Congress
Parag Mehta, 2013 Democratic Bootcamp mentor
- Special Assistant at the U.S. Department of Labor
- Former Director of Training, Democratic National Committee (DNC)
- Former Deputy Political Director, America Votes and Gov. Howard Dean for America
Watch a few short video recaps from our past events here!
2012 Post-Election Debriefing Conference
This recap of the the 2012 Post-Election Debriefing Conference features interviews with an all-star panel of partisans and journalists. Panelists Charles Mahtesian (POLITICO), Christina Bellantoni (PBS NewsHour), Will Cain (The Blaze/Glenn Beck TV and CNN), and Cornell Belcher (Democratic Pollster/Strategist and CNN contributor) offered lively insights into the impact of the election and what it means now for us all.
Our Flickr slideshow -- Find Your Friends!