What Is Emerge Colorado?
Part of Emerge America, Emerge Colorado is the quintessential political leadership training program for Democratic women. We are the eleventh state within the Emerge framework and as with our national organization, we address the systemic underrepresentation of women in office, but we do it at the local and state levels. In so doing, we feed the pipeline for future women leaders of the country. Click here to find out more about Emerge America
Our mission is to identify, educate, and inspire Democratic women who want to shape the course of our collective future by pursuing a career in Colorado politics. To this end, we cultivate future leaders by developing their media skills, expanding their local-issue knowledge base, connecting them with mentors, and piquing their political savvy. As the only in-depth, seven-month training program, we give women across the state top-notch training and a powerful political network. If you have a passion for politics and want to run for office, Emerge Colorado is therefore the elemental first-step to achieving this goal. We inspire women to run and we provide them with the tools to win.
Why Emerge Colorado?
Although Colorado ranks 1st in the nation for the number of women elected to the state legislature, there is much room for improvement. We hold 17 of the 35 Senate seats but only 23 of the 65 seats in the House, for a 40% total rate of representation. We have only one female member of Congress for seven districts, and neither U.S. Senate seat is held by a woman. As well, not a single woman occupies any of the five statewide elective executive positions.
Our numbers are declining and we cannot allow this to continue. In order to solve this, we need to take action and force change.
The problem of women's political underrepresentation, however, will fundamentally and ultimately be for women to solve. One of the two newest states in the Emerge network as of June 2012, Emerge Colorado was founded to fill this vacuum and create a legion of Democratic women leaders for generations to come.
From Fort Collins to Durango, with your help we can train women from all over the state to run for office - and thereby launch the new face of leadership in Colorado politics.
Emerge Colorado is now accepting applications for the Class of 2013!
Applications are available at www.emergeusa.org. All applications must be completed and submitted by November 21st. Please note that there is a $50 application fee. Finalists will be invited to attend interviews on either December 13th or December 14th. Tuition for the 2013 Emerge Colorado Program is $700. Tuition includes six weekend trainings with top rated trainers and consultants, meals including breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the training, and training materials.
Emerge Colorado believes that individual financial circumstances should NOT be a barrier to participation in the program. Financial aid, including scholarships and payment plans, may be awarded after admission to the program.
If you have any questions or would like more information about the Emerge Colorado Program, please contact Jenny Clay at 303-898-1716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.