While there are many political education programs designed for seasoned professionals or partisans, the New Politics Forum remains unique. Established in 2003 at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, the New Politics Forum is the only program of its kind in Texas offering conferences, trainings, and events that are: (1) strictly nonpartisan; (2) primarily youth-focused; and (3) taught by active political professionals.
The New Politics Forum offers:
hands-on skill development that combines job relevance with cutting-edge academic research;
networking and mentorship opportunities for students and alumni;
rotating topics appropriate to the political environment and changes in new media;
conferences and trainings that incorporate a more critical approach focusing on ethics, political values, and culture; and
a stepping stone to careers in politics and life-long sustained civic engagement.
Campaign Bootcamp Registration Is Open
Campaign Bootcamp is a nonpartisan immersive program that provides attendees with the skills and knowledge necessary to prosper in the world of political campaigns. Not only will attendees gain a thorough understanding of political campaigns but, Campaign Bootcamp also equips participants with the skills needed to be an effective, efficient, and well-rounded campaign staffer. Read more about Bootcamp and register here.
Texas Civic Ambassadors Application Is Open
The Texas Civic Ambassadors (TCA) program is a year-long program that seeks to identify and cultivate emerging bipartisan student leaders around the state who will work to enhance civic engagement and engage their peers in the political process. The deadline to apply is June 18, 2021. Learn more about the program here.
The Lege 101 Toolkit
This toolkit was developed by our past Texas Civic Ambassador, Nick Eastwood, with the help of staffers and political professionals in and around the Texas State Legislature. We hope you find it useful on your Legistavie job hunt. Click either graphic to the left of this text to access a PDF copy of the Toolkit.