Hope Institute

The Hope Institute is the Democratic National Committee’s crash course for talented, aspiring young people from underrepresented backgrounds, providing the tools and training necessary to enter careers in political fundraising, nation- and statewide campaigns, and politically minded organizations. First established in 2005 as "Yes We Can!" by then-Senator Barack Obama, this program continues to be a success, with each subsequent class moving on to fruitful careers.

The DNC held its inaugural Hope Institute in June 2013, selecting a class of 40 Hope Fellows out of over 350 applicants nationwide. The Fellows heard firsthand from former campaign managers, elected officials, budding politicos, and current White House senior staff and learned what it takes to manage campaigns, run for office, and be successful in Democrat and progressive causes. The DNC is excited to announce its next Hope Institute, scheduled for July 2014.

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  • Hope and Change

    A few weeks ago, we invited 40 young adults from underrepresented communities to D.C. for a crash course in political organizing. And wow were we blown away! They were talented, passionate and ready to change the world. But don't take our word for it. Watch the video below and then read one of the participants' thoughts to learn more about the Hope Institute.

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  • Hope Institute: Why I’m a Democrat

    Today we asked participants in the Hope Institute (a crash course in politics for 40 young adults from underrepresented communities) to share why they're a Democrat in 140 characters. Here's what they had to say:

  • Sneak Peek: The Hope Institute

    I can't believe it's finally here! For months, our team's been working around the clock reviewing resumes, arranging flights, coordinating logistics, and securing some of the best and brightest public servants, elected officials and political professionals to serve as mentors and guest speakers.

    Tonight, we're officially kicking off the Hope Institute — a throw back to then-Senator Barack Obama's "Yes We Can" campaign school and the latest effort by Democrats to invest in the next generation of leaders.

    I remember the "Yes We Can" program very well. Launched in 2005, this campaign school trained participants from underrepresented communities on how to break into politics. And it was a huge success.

    When I came to the DNC as the new Finance Director, I thought it was important to do some of the things we did well back in the day. That's why we launched the Hope Institute — a crash course in politics for 40 young adults from underrepresented communities.

    These next two days are going to be intense. We've put together a packed schedule with speakers, networking opportunities, and real life campaign scenarios. And we've got some surprises too.

    I can't wait to meet everyone tonight and look forward to sharing stories from the events. As Democrats, we believe in change that matters. That's why we invest in young people who care.

    If you'd like to invest in the next generation of Democratic leaders:

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    P.S. Fun fact: I met my beautiful wife while we were working together on the "Yes We Can" campaign. And that's just one of the many great things to come out of it. Excited to get started!