Ready to Win is a unique two-track advanced campaign training for New American Fellows and people who want to be leadership staff on campaigns in the next two years.

During this “boot camp” style program, participants gain advanced campaign skills, develop a comprehensive campaign plan, and complete an intense campaign simulation, all to fully prepare them for the rigors of a real world campaign.


New American Leaders - Advanced Campaign Training

This year’s Ready to Win training took place August 16 – 19, 2019 in Washington D.C.

We offer two routes into our Ready to Win training:

  • Become a New American Fellow
    NAL selects New Americans with a high potential to run for office within two years for the New American Fellows program. The program supports leadership development through mentorship, political guidance, networking and additional skills building. Fellows go on to participate in NAL’s advanced campaign training, Ready to Win. New American Fellows and Ready to Lead® alumni have continued on to run for School Board, City Council, Mayor, State Legislature and Congress.
  • Join the Campaign Leadership Track
    NAL selects New Americans who intend on taking on leadership roles in campaigns within two years to attend Ready to Win along with NAL New American Fellows.

Frequently Asked Questions


How much does Ready To Win cost?
If you are an alumnus of Ready to Lead®, Ready to Win is FREE and travel and hotel costs will be covered by NAL. If you are not a NAL alum, the fee to attend Ready to Win is $250, and travel will not be covered by NAL. Scholarships are available to help with registration fees. All participants, alumni and non-alumni, will receive full accommodations (shared hotel room with a fellow participant).


What can I expect to learn at Ready To Win?
Everything you will need to know to lead a progressive and grassroots campaign.


Who can apply to Ready To Win?
All New Americans (people who were born outside of the U.S. and people with at least one parent born outside of the U.S). are encouraged to apply. Alumni and non-alumni can apply to either track. For the New American Fellows track, only people who are committed to running in the next one to two years will be accepted. As a New American Fellow, you will be part of a 10-month fellowship. Participants under the Campaign Leadership track will not be offered opportunities in the fellowship. The Campaign Leadership Track is for people who intend to work in a leadership position on a campaign in the next two years.


What is the training like?
Participants will be split into two tracks, New American Fellows and Campaign Leadership. Most sessions will be offered to both tracks, but Fellows will have sessions that are exclusively intended for to focus on public speaking and stump speech development. The Campaign Leadership track will have their own separate modules on topics like expanding the electorate and email fundraising. The cohort will be split into teams, and will present a completed campaign plan on the last day of the training.


What is the time commitment for Ready to Win?
Ready to Win starts on Friday August 16 at 8am and lasts until 5pm on Monday August 19. The training sessions will last from 8am-8pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be no time for sightseeing during the training. People traveling from the West coast are required to fly in Thursday August 15, the night before the training. You may not miss any part of the training.


What will be covered during the training?
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided the four days of the training. There will be no reimbursements for food during the training or local travel.