Welcome to the organizational website for the newly formed National Democratic Leadership Foundation. On this website, you will learn about the news and notes for our upcoming Future Leaders Program which will tentatively take place in Indianapolis, Indiana in August of 2013 as well as other training events we intend on holding throughout the nation.
Our organization, the National Democratic Leadership Foundation, will offer elite candidate training for potential Democratic candidates. Our current project, which is our Future Leaders Program, will be a first-class leadership training academy for potential Democratic candidates between the ages of 18 and 24. The goal of the program is to train future candidates in the art of campaigning. We will have experienced instructors teach them about speech writing, debating, handling the media, campaign organization, dressing the part of a successful candidate and many more skills. This program will be highly selective and we will admit 218 “future leaders” every year. We intend on having participants from all 50 states.
After graduating from the Future Leaders Program, our organization will work with elected officials from around the country and create a mentoring program for our new graduates. This mentoring program is to help our graduates understand the local issues, become familiar with their local political setting, as well as help them with the movers and shakers within their communities, both political and non-political. Once our graduates decide to make the decision to run for office, we want them to hit the ground running and prepared.
Our goal is to make the Democratic Party the party of the future. Unfortunately, the Republicans have done an exception job at recruiting young candidates. The nine youngest Members of Congress are all Republicans. The three youngest U.S. Senators are also Republicans. If Democrats wish to make a strong commitment to changing our nation, they must make an investment in our future. That is the goal of our organization. The Republicans have done this for years, now we need to step up and do the same.
This website is being created for the sole purpose of informing those that are interested in the program about the progress that we have made. We plan on putting up news such as who has endorsed this program, speakers and teachers for our event, our fundraising activities, and any other news that pertains to our organization and programs. In the coming months, we will have an actual website, but we will continue to have all news published on this website.
It is time to cultivate the best possible candidates for our nation. Our nation rests in the hand of our future. The future is now.
Dave Trotter – Founder of The National Democratic Leadership Foundation