Ready to Lead® is our signature training program. It identifies the immigrant experience as an asset in civic leadership.

The curriculum, specifically designed by immigrants for immigrants, shows trainees how to message, target, fundraise, embrace one’s heritage and become a successful candidate. Trainings are held regionally in the spring and summer.

Ready to Lead - Candidate Training - New American Leaders

We hold trainings in:

  • Arizona
  • Georgia
  • Michigan
  • New York
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • Southern California
  • Washington

2020 Trainings

Upcoming Trainings:

Given the coronavirus’s rapid spread and the danger it poses, New American Leaders has decided to suspend all programs through April 30. Our hope is that we will be able to reschedule some of these trainings later in the calendar year, and supplement with online resources in the meantime. Please check back soon for updates.

Frequently Asked Questions


How much does Ready to Lead® cost?
The registration fee is $150. Limited scholarships are available, and can only be requested when filling out the Ready to Lead® application. Hotel scholarships are available for people attending a training outside of their metro region. Please note that the hotel lodging is a SHARED room with another participant. Participants who would like a single room will have to pay half the cost of the total room.

For declared candidates, the cost of registration is $250. No scholarships of any kind can be provided to declared candidates.

What can I expect to learn at Ready to Lead®?
You will learn many things! Some of them are: how to use your story and experiences to elevate your values, how to convey your values to voters, how to create a successful stump speech, fundraising in campaigns, campaigning 101, and pivoting techniques for hostile media environments. There is also a panel of local New American elected officials who will share their experience running for office as new Americans. You will learn firsthand what it is like to be on the campaign trail.

What should I bring to Ready to Lead®?
An open mind and something to take notes on (if that’s your thing).

When should I take Ready to Lead®?
When you are considering running for office or working on a campaign. If you are considering running in the next 1-3 years, you should take Ready to Lead® as soon as you can so you are eligible to apply for our advanced campaign skills bootcamp called Ready to Win®.

What if I want to run in the next 1-3 years?
You should take Ready to Lead® ASAP! Alumni of Ready to Lead® who are planning to run in the next 1-2 years are invited to apply for our advanced campaign skills bootcamp called Ready to Win®.

What if I don’t want to run for office (yet)?
That’s OK! Everyone has a different timeline in their path toward public leadership. Ready to Lead® provides you with the tools to plan out the next steps. Whether your next step is working for a candidate, issue campaign or running for office NAL can help.

How can Ready to Lead® help me develop my leadership skills?
During the training you will have the opportunity to speak in front of others, develop your personal narrative and learn how to make your message relate to people in your community. You will also be able to meet local new American elected officials.

Who can apply to Ready to Lead®?
The training curriculum is especially designed with the immigrant experience in mind, so participants without an immigrant background will not be able participate as fully as those who can look back to their personal experience as a New American. The training is designed to reframe negative experiences that often happen to people in the immigrant community into positive reasons why you are the ideal public servant. All folks are welcome to apply regardless of immigrant generation, and citizenship status. Students will be accepted on a case by case basis.

Is Ready to Lead® right for me?
If you care about working towards a more inclusive Democracy, then Ready to Lead is right for you. This may mean that you want to serve in elected office one day or manage the operations of a campaign or the office of an elected official. If you want to organize and mobilize your community, Ready to Lead will show you new skills.

How can I get a scholarship to attend?
You must indicate that you are requesting a scholarship in the Ready to Lead® application, and write an explanation of your need for financial assistance. Scholarships are granted on a case by case basis.

Can NAL cover my travel to attend Ready to Lead®?
No, NAL does not offer any financial assistance for travel to or from Ready to Lead® trainings.

Are you Ready to Lead?