Rust Belt Rising - National Democratic Training Committee

NDTC + Rust Belt Rising

You decided to step up to make your community better.

We are here to help you succeed.

The National Democratic Training Committee is excited to partner with Rust Belt Rising to provide FREE training to Democratic candidates, campaign staff, and local leaders.

As the largest Democratic campaign training organization in the nation we have trained more Democrats on how to win elections and build long-term power than any other organization.

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Different Ways to Train

It doesn’t matter where you live, what you schedule looks like, or how you learn — We have trainings to meet your needs and help you accomplish your goals.

Online Academy

Political newbie or veteran campaigner. At the beginning of your campaign or in the final stretch. No matter where you are on your political journey, we have tools and training you need to win. Available on-demand, 24/7.

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Live Facilitated Training

Check out our events calendar and attend one of our Virtual Live Trainings. You’ll learn from expert trainers, who not only are the top in their field, but have walked the walk and served on campaigns at every level.

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Cohort-Based Programs

Our intensive cohort-based programs bring together small groups of candidates and campaign leaders for 8-12 weeks of hands-on training. At the end of the program, you’ll be equipped with a clear plan of action and the tools and skills you need to win.

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Rust Belt Rising helps Democrats be the party of all working people by offering free training on connecting effectively with voters in our region, winning seats, and delivering change. Rising conducts regular trainings for a network of leaders as well as state and local Democratic parties in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.

For a network of over 700 Great Lakes Democrats, Rising provides free virtual training sessions, individual assistance, plus messaging and other resources for candidates running for all levels of offices and those who are helping them.

Rising has helped 63 campaigns win elected office. Win or lose, our 2020 candidates netted an average of 3,938 more votes than their districts’ 2016 candidates. Rust Belt Rising assisted 23 candidates running where no Democrat had in 2016, earning more than a half-million votes and winning two of the offices.

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