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"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.


"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer."

John F. Kennedy

  • Program Overview
  • Team Building - Building Your Team
  • Fundraising and Campaign Finance
  • Getting On The Ballot
  • Messaging
  • Social Media/Media
  • Get The Vote Out
  • Wrap Up Celebration & Reunion

The nonpartisan training program, which debuted in 2010, is aimed at those interested in working on campaigns, running for office or who simply want to know more about how to navigate the political process. The program was designed to address the issue that many political races across Central New York go uncontested. The result, voters hear little dialogue on critical issues facing their communities. More voices in our debates can only raise the quality of our political discourse. This grass roots program is administered by Leadership Greater Syracuse.

Volunteer program organizers have enlisted the help of elected leaders, party leaders, campaign managers and others to speak to program participants. Our community needs candidates who have good ideas and can make a positive contribution, but many people don’t run for office or volunteer because they don’t know how to do it.

The program holds 8 evening sessions each winter starting in February. To learn more and apply for the next class go to the Program page.