A lack of reflective leadership in politics poses barriers to the changes that communities want to see in their schools. Education leaders and community advocates now have the opportunity to enter the political space and gain the tools and knowledge they need to lead effective campaigns. In order to make this program widely accessible, it is offered at no cost to accepted participants.
Circle City Leaders (CCL) is an intensive leadership development program designed to support future candidates, political campaign staff, and local advocates to build long-term community-based power in Indianapolis. CCL will divide participants into two tracks: candidates and campaigners. While specific content covered differs between the tracks, both groups learn how to increase their political impact and will be guided by best-in-class local and national facilitators, as well as leadership development coaches.
Circle City Leaders Alumni have gone on to run effective campaigns for local office. Specifically, Will Pritchard is now the District 1 Commissioner on the Indianapolis Public School Board and Kenneth Allen is an At-Large Commissioner on the Indianapolis Public School Board. Aerionna Martin, Duane Ingram and Tara Elder all served as Campaign Managers in successful IPS School Board races.
We are seeking individuals who are dedicated to their community, believe all children deserve access to excellent public education, and are looking for a way to make an impact.
Are you interested in running for office? Have you worked on campaigns but want to learn how to be more effective? Do you want to be a candidate who runs on a strong students-first agenda?
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