New Cascade program aims to train people to lead successful political campaigns

Screen Shot 2013-04-30 at 2.36.57 PMAcross the nation, groups focused on growing cycling are taking their political game to the next level. Following the lead of political action committees like Cascade Bicycle Club’s several-years-old BikePAC, StreetsPAC recently launched in New York City. The groups direct donations to causes and political campaigns to help get safe streets a seat at the political table.

Cascade also recently graduated the second class from their Advocacy Leadership Institute, a program that trains residents to lead successful campaigns for safer streets in their neighborhoods and on a municipal level.

Now the club is taking these two efforts to the next level: The Electoral Cycles Program.

Electoral Cycles is more intensive than the ALI, and is focused on training people on how help run effective campaigns for ballot initiatives, political candidates or maybe even a run for office themselves. Focused on the Puget Sound region, the program is looking for people from all reaches of the area to apply by May 20.

More details on the program:

As we roll into election season, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of our latest leadership development program, Electoral Cycles!

Building on Cascade Bicycle Club’s mission to create better communities through bicycling and the success of our Advocacy Leadership Institute, Electoral Cycles will train a diverse group of people from across the Puget Sound region to help elect pro-bicycling candidates and pass ballot measures to help bicycling.

Electoral Cycles is a hands-on, six-month leadership development program that will empower local bicycle advocates and enthusiasts with the skills necessary to help elect pro-bicycling champions. The program will run from June 4 through November 12, meeting (almost) every other week on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. in downtown Seattle. Participants are expected to attend at least 10 of the 12 meetings and spend 4-5 hours each week on related responsibilities.

Through VIP guest speakers, training on technical skills and direct work on campaigns, participants will learn how to get pro-bicycling champions elected the best way possible: by actually doing it!

Never been involved in electoral politics? That’s okay; we’ll give you all the tools you need as long as you bring the enthusiasm and commitment. A veteran political organizer who’s worked on dozens of campaigns? That’s great! We’d love to learn from your experience.

Application materials are due by Monday, May 20. To apply, please submit your resume and completed application to emily.kathrein@cascadebicycleclub.org with “Electoral Cycles Application” In the subject line.

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