In-Person Training - National Democratic Training Committee

NDTC Blue Bench Training

NDTC’s Blue Bench Training Program is a day-long, hands-on, intensive learning experience. Trainees practice hard and essential skills; learn from political professionals across digital strategy, field, and fundraising; and build community with local leaders and fellow passionate Democrats during the training day.

Blue Bench Trainings are built for three main audiences: Candidates and Potential Candidates; Campaign Staff (including Volunteer Staff); and Local Leaders. Trainees are split into these groups at the beginning of the day, and our action-oriented training material is tailored to each audience. Each group follows their own training path so they receive the information and practice most relevant to their needs.

180 Trainings to Date

What Our Trainees Have to Say

This weekend, for me has been exactly what we needed. It’s providing us with additional tools to take back into our communities and providing us with the keys for successful outreach. We are exchanging tips and learning from one another, we are connecting with old friends and new faces across the state.

-Nikita Richards, McLean County, Illinois

What skills are trained?

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How many votes does it take to win? Where will these votes come from and how will you find them? To answer these questions, you’ll learn how to build modern field plans focused on winning.

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Supporters connect with your campaign and your message through communications. Learn how to craft a compelling message, share it in a way that resonates with supporters, and work with the media.

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Raising money is a make or break requirement for every campaign. Learn how to prepare your candidate for call time, throw a successful fundraising event, and earn support from PACs and labor unions.

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Digital Strategy

Your campaign has to be where your voters are: online. Learn how to build your campaign’s website, effectively use social media to share your message and connect with constituents, and move your supporters to action via email.