Below you will find a list of FAQs that are often asked in regards to the Front Line Leaders Academy program. If you’re questions have not been answered, please contact Karen Schillinger at kschillinger@pfaw.org for any further questions about the Front Line Leaders Academy program.


Who should apply to the FLLA program?

If you are interested in developing the skills needed for field operations, campaign management, communications and fundraising; learning leadership skills from successful young elected officials and proven campaign experts; serving your community; or running campaigns for progressive candidates or progressive issues, then the Front Line Leaders Academy (FLLA) is the leadership program for you!


Do you have to be a college student to apply? What is the age range of participants?
No. Like the YEO Network and YP4, our focus is on progressive young leaders aged 18 to 35.


If I am currently in office, can I be in the FLLA program?
The program is designed to train young leaders to gain basic political skills and expertise and increase their level of civic participation. If you are already a young elected official and are interested in fine-tuning your skills, please contact the YEO Network which specifically works to provide a network of support and resources for public servants just like you.


If I am currently running for office, can I be in the FLLA program?
Any individuals who are declared candidates or those who anticipate imminently declaring candidacy for elected office may only participate in FLLA if they pay for all costs associated with the training sessions. Please contact Karen Schillinger at kschillinger@pfaw.org for more information.


How long does the FLLA program last?
From acceptance to graduation, the Academy lasts six months. During these months, FLLA Fellow attend four in-person conferences, complete intermediate assignments, and participate in regular conference calls. After the Academy concludes, graduates are encouraged to stay connected with People For the American Way Foundation to further nurture their work in the progressive movement.


How much does FLLA cost?
There is a one-time tuition fee of $250 to be paid before the first training. Beyond this fee, the only costs associated include travel and some meals. Need-based scholarships are available on an individual basis.

Provided that you are not a paid-campaign staff member and/or do not become a declared candidate for public office during the term of the Academy, you will NOT be charged any fees in addition to the tuition fee and the expenses listed above.


When are the conferences? Are they required?
There are four, three-day weekend (Friday-Sunday) conferences that will cover five important topics: candidacy, field, finance, communications, and campaign management. Fellows are required to attend the four weekend trainings and must complete all assignments (which culminate in a full campaign plan) before graduation.


Where will the conferences be?
For the 2015-2016 class, all trainings will be held in Los Angeles County.


Is there a location requirement to participate in the 2014-2015 FLLA-LA?
In 2015-2016, YP4 is piloting a local Front Line Leaders Academy in Los Angeles County, and all applicants for this cycle must come from the county. In other years, the national Front Line Leaders Academy program welcomes applicants from all 50 states.