Are you interested in joining a nationally-renowned, premier campaign leadership development program for young progressives? Are you interested in learning more about a wide range of social justice skills and issue areas?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please complete our 2015 Front Line Leaders Academy Interest Form! Once the application is live, you will be the first to know.

For six months, FLLA works with emerging young progressive leaders and provides training on a wide range of leadership development and political skills. Fellows receive training on the five core competencies of political campaigns. Those selected to this elite academy are trained on how to be effective as a candidate, campaign manager, finance director, communications manager, or field director. These skills are learned through four required training weekends as well as supplemental assignments.


Complete the 2015 Front Line Leaders Academy Interest Form today.


If you have any questions please contact Karen Schillinger at or (202) 467-2368.

YP4, in partnership with the YEO Network, graduated the inaugural local fellowship class of Front Line Leaders Academy: Los Angeles on January 18th, 2015. After six months in the Fellowship, fifteen of Los Angeles’ up and coming progressive leaders met for the final time to receive training from campaign consultants on opposition research, direct mail, non-verbal communication as well as digital fundraising.

Throughout the graduation weekend, the fellows were assessed on their knowledge of the campaign material covered over the past six months in their fellowship including delivering their stump speeches, presenting their campaign plans and fielding questions from a press junket. With the help of FLLA alumni, YEOs and campaign experts, the FLLA fellows were pinned and became the newest FLLA alumni. Major congratulations to them all!


FLLA:LA in Fellows’ Words

What session do you think was the most beneficial supplemental session?

“The public speaking portion, as I get ready to go into public education, these sessions helped me understand that there is a lot of work that I need to do, such as organizing my thoughts and holding myself collectively. Overall, I am confident how to possibly help run a campaign and putting together a comprehensive structure to win.” – Tilo Lopez

Did you find the Field Plan Debrief assessment challenging?

“Definitely challenging. The most challenging. The most for my personal growth. As far as my professional development I have a more realistic look at the difference between progressive and creative to winning and getting leaders in office.” – Karen Bacolod

Did you find the Press Junket assessment challenging?

“Yes, it was challenging in making sure we know all details of our scenarios and to answer in the correct way. It has helped me see my strengths and weaknesses as a potential political candidate.” – Karen Bacolod

 “Really nervous at first, but we prepared well beforehand.” – Diego Janacua Cortez


If you are interested in learning more about Front Line Leaders Academy, please contact Karen Schillinger at

Front Line Leaders Academy (FLLA) would be honored to have FLLA alumni and partners join us in celebrating the graduation of our first local class of FLLA from Los Angeles County, California. Faculty, alumni and friends of Front Line Leaders Academy are best situated to welcome and support our Fellows as they enter the alumni network, and we sincerely hope you will be able to join us for events Sunday, January 18th at the Renaissance Capitol View in Arlington, VA.

Alumni of FLLA: If you are in the area able to help evaluate and review the Fellows’ field or campaign plans, participate in a simulated press conference, score stump speeches or would like to offer yourself as a trainer for a supplemental session for the weekend of January 16th – 18th, please email Karen Schillinger at

Please note that YP4 will not cover any expenses to attend the graduation. These opportunities, while open to all fellows, are ideal for those in the DC area, planning to be in the DC area or wanting to invest in your own travel and lodging costs to attend. Anyone who attends graduation events will be able to join us for meals and refreshments.

As fellows we are excited about the possibility of you joining us at this year’s graduation weekend. If you are unable to attend please stay tuned to the YP4 Facebook and Twitter pages for live updates on the graduation.

YP4’s 2015 National Summit is a big moment for us — it represents our 10th anniversary of training our nation’s young progressive leaders, and we hope you will be able to join us for at least a part of it.

In particular, we hope you can join us for our Awards Ceremony and Reception on the evening of January 16th at the AFL-CIO, our Inaugural Alumni Convening, and / or our FLLA Graduation Weekend.

Finally, check out our National Summit Agenda to see all that is in store for the 2014-2015 Fellowship Class.

Should you have any questions about the National Summit, please contact Joy Lawson and


Twenty fellows from YP4’s Front Line Leaders Academy: Los Angeles cohort — our inaugural local program for FLLA — met for their final learning circle in Long Beach, California during the first weekend of December. They have now been trained in all five learning circles – Candidacy, Campaign Management, Communications, Field and Finance, and Fellows have completed the intermediary assignments that test their skills and knowledge gained through the in-person trainings.

Fellows are currently working on their graduation projects which both assess their growth in the five learning circles and results in a complete campaign book for a local race of their choosing.

FLLA:LA graduation will occur January 16th-18th in Arlington, VA. If you are interested in assisting with trainings or celebrating our Fellows during the graduation cermony on the 18th, please contact Karen Schillinger at

FLLA:LA has consisted of 7 faculty members representing positions like elected members of school boards across CA and communication specialists.

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