Training: The Emerge Program

Emerge Vermont is dedicated to getting more Democratic women into elected office by offering comprehensive, high-quality training to diverse women from communities across the state. We currently offer three training programs designed to inspire women to enter public life at all levels of goverment and in towns and counties throughout Vermont.

Emerge Vermont Signature is a six-month, cohort-based program designed to train women to run for office at all levels of government, including competitive local offices, state legislature, and statewide offices. The Signature Class of 2018 completed its training in February 2018, and will officially graduate from the program at the Emerge Vermont Annual Celebration of Women in Politics on March 24, 2018 in Burlington. We will begin recruiting our Class of 2019 later this year.

Emerge Vermont Bootcamp is a three-day intensive program designed to train women who have already declared their candidacy for competitive local offices, state legislature, and statewide offices. Currently we are exploring whether sufficient demand exists to offer an Emerge Bootcamp in May 2018.

Emerge Vermont Local is an intensive, weekend-long program designed to inspire and train women to step up for local offices, including selectboard, school board, elected law enforcement & judiciary positions, and other local boards and commissions. This program will be next offered in Fall 2018.

The barriers to entry into the political scene can seem imposing, especially in a state that has never elected its fair share of women, but government and even elected office in Vermont is refreshingly accessible. Emerge Vermont aims to help lower barriers and level the playing field by de-mystifying the process of getting engaged, and connecting women to the knowledge and resources needed to build confidence, networks, and win elected office.


Put Yourself On The Ballot

Learn about the Emerge program, how to apply, and how to get connected to our incredible state and national network.

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