Upcoming Academies

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Arena Academy is a best-in-class training program for political professionals.

We believe that winning campaigns don’t just happen—they are created and run by behind-the-scenes political professionals, and we must do more to elevate and support them. That’s why we built Arena Academy, a best-in-class training program for political professionals.

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You’ll pick from one of seven training tracks, including:

This track is for you if you are looking to manage a state legislative or congressional race, and have at least one cycle of prior campaign experience.

This track is for you if you are looking to step into a role crafting a campaign’s core messaging, running the press shop, and directing rapid response.

This track is for you if you like the idea of building high powered networks and managing their capacity to fund a robust campaign.

This track is for you if you are looking to step into a role in managing the organizing program of a campaign. You’ll learn how to target voters, build voter universes, establish metrics and goals, and manage a team of organizers to persuade and turn out voters.

This track is for you if you are already working on campaigns but are looking to become savvier in your approach to digital. You will learn the latest in digital strategies used to communicate and mobilize voters, volunteers, and donors.

This track is for you if you are looking to step into a role in helping campaigns use data to develop people-centered programs. You will learn about the technical skills needed to analyze large data sets, and how to translate data into programs used in campaigns to talk to voters.

This track is for you if this is your first campaign cycle, and you are interested in developing and managing teams of volunteers to amplify the campaign’s message and move voters.

Tangible outcomes

611

Number of graduates to-date

61%

Self-reported competency increase for writing a campaign plan

4.5/5

Average training score across tracks

We have offered need-based scholarships to 65% of our trainees to date. Those scholarships vary depending on need, but the full scholarships include waving the registration fee and paying for travel and lodging—the participant pays $0 to attend. So far, 62% of our scholarship recipients have identified as people of color.

Partial
Scholarship
(45%)

Registration
Waived
(35%)

Full
Scholarship
(20%)

Relive some of our past Academies

September, 2019

Houston, TX

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August, 2019

New York, NY

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April, 2019

Charleston, SC

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February, 2019

Des Moines, IA

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"We have hired at least seven Arena Academy graduates and they are superstars. Arena seems to find the best of the next generation and delivers them to us with the skills to succeed. I wish we had the Academies in prior cycles."

Addisu Demissie, Campaign Manager for Cory Booker

"On the Mayor Pete campaign, we’ve hired at least 10 Arena Academy alums. And they are some of the best hires we’ve made. They show up ready to make an impact on day one."

Mike Schmuhl, Campaign Manager for Pete Buttigieg

"Really great experience in Iowa this past weekend at Arena Academy. I've never learned so much at a training or been around so many other folks singularly committed to our values and furthering our mission in so many different ways. I left feeling excited, energized, and like I had truly learned new ways of doing things. Getting to chat with Kamala Harris on two different occasions wasn't so bad either!"

Randy Perez

"We have hired at least seven Arena Academy graduates and they are superstars. Arena seems to find the best of the next generation and delivers them to us with the skills to succeed. I wish we had the Academies in prior cycles."

Addisu Demissie, Campaign Manager for Cory Booker

"On the Mayor Pete campaign, we’ve hired at least 10 Arena Academy alums. And they are some of the best hires we’ve made. They show up ready to make an impact on day one."

Mike Schmuhl, Campaign Manager for Pete Buttigieg

"Really great experience in Iowa this past weekend at Arena Academy. I've never learned so much at a training or been around so many other folks singularly committed to our values and furthering our mission in so many different ways. I left feeling excited, energized, and like I had truly learned new ways of doing things. Getting to chat with Kamala Harris on two different occasions wasn't so bad either!"

Randy Perez

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