Our Programs


Campaign Bootcamp

Campaign Bootcamp

Campaign Bootcamp is a three-day nonpartisan training that gives young people the opportunity to experience a practical introduction to what it's like to work on and run a political campaign.

Hands-on workshops are taught by active political professionals on topics such as campaign management, finding your campaign narrative, crafting your field plan, volunteer management, fundraising, and more.

The New Politics Forum's Campaign Bootcamp also features a unique, interactive component where participants work together on mock campaign teams to craft a real-life campaign plan for their candidate. At the end of the weekend, teams present their plans to our mock "Texas Campaign Commission" of political professionals to try and win their endorsement.

Careers in Politics Conference

Careers in Politics Conference

This one-day, nonpartisan event offers the next generation of civic leaders the insiders' perspective about what it's like to have a career in public service and encourages participants to consider leadership roles in their community. Participants have the rare opportunity to connect with and learn from elected officials, political staff, government leaders, communication strategists, and nonprofit executives from across the Lone Star State.


Texas Legislative Intern Seminar

Texas Legislative Intern Seminar

The Texas Legislative Intern Seminar is a one-day, nonpartisan training for interns working at the Capitol, in district offices, or for lobbyist or advocacy organizations during the 85th Texas Legislative Session. From professional behavior to the "ins-and-outs" of the legislative process, participants will have the opportunity to hear from professional practitioners from many different walks of Capitol life.

The event is free and open to all interested students, especially those interning in the Capitol during the upcoming legislative session.

Post-Election Debriefing

Post-Election Debriefing

The Post-Election Debriefing occurs every two years to coincide with mid-term and presidential election cycles. Post-Election Debriefings give participants the opportunity to hear from researchers, journalists, and campaign professionals about hot topics during the election.


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Civic Power Symposium

The conference helps participants understand how to harness their own unique power and allows them to collaborate with other young adults on pathways to progress. Participants not only hear about pressing issues in their communities but also learn innovative strategies about how to get involved and make an impact.

The day consists of civic reflection workshops, interactive discussions, and a keynote + Q&A session with renowned author and civics educator, such as 2017 keynote speaker Eric Liu. Through these activities, we hope that participants will better understand their role in society and feel emboldened to make change in their communities.

Civic Life in the Cyber Age

Civic Life in the Cyber Age

Technology has changed almost every facet of our daily lives and created exciting opportunities in civic life for improving how we engage and solve problems. Join the New Politics Forum and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life for a one-day, youth-focused, nonpartisan conference exploring topics surrounding civic life in the cyber age. We've invited some of the nation's top scholars and practitioners to share their expertise and help us dive into the issues surrounding these new avenues of engagement.


Texas Tribune Festival

Texas Tribune Festival

The Texas Tribune is a 3 day event for Texas politics junkies. Speakers include top public officials, influential reporters, and other big names in politics. New Politics Forum Social Media Ambassadors attend the fest for free and spread the word about the event online.

Texas Conference on Civic Life

Texas Conference on Civic Life

During the Texas Conference on Civic Life, participants were invited to join citizen conversations on topics that align with the theme of improving Texas' civic health. These conversations helped participants, facilitators, and the Annette Strauss Institute work towards a deeper understanding of what is causing these low levels of civic engagement in our communities.


Political Pub Quiz

Political Pub Quiz

New Politics Forum networking after-parties are a unique opportunity for young people from around the state and across partisan aisles to network with like-minded peers and get to know each other in a fun, relaxed setting. For the Texas Conference on Civic Life after-party on Saturday, November 9th, New Politics Forum hosted our first-ever Political Pub Quiz, a team trivia competition that tested participants' political knowledge.

White House Town Hall

White House Youth Town Hall

At the White House Youth Town Hall we convened Texas’ most innovative, entrepreneurial, and inspiring young people who were currently addressing the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century and offered a space for meaningful engagement and interaction with key decision-makers.


21st Century Civic Engagement Conference

21st Century Civic Engagement Conference

There is no roadmap for being a citizen in the 21st century. In this event, the New Politics Forum seeks to present the leading ideas that are shaping the way young people are changing the game and championing the movement to upgrade political engagement in the new millennium.