Training: The Emerge Program

Emerge Colorado lowers barriers and levels the playing field by demystifying the process of running for office by connecting women to the knowledge and resources needed to win. The track record of our program speaks for itself. We will give you the skills and network you need for success.

Application Period for 2018 Program has ended.


** Applicants must self-identify as a woman, as well as be a registered Democrat and resident of Colorado.**

** At this time we are not accepting out of state applicants.** 


Attendance is mandatory. Missing either the orientation or first class will result in dismissal from the program. Missing more than one of any other class will result in dismissal from the program. Please contact us with any questions about attendance.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required and must be submitted along with a completed application.  You can make the payment online here or mail a check or money order payable to Emerge Colorado, 1120 Lincoln Street, Suite 905, Denver, CO 80203. 


Tuition for the 2018 class is $1,000 ($500 tuition payment and $500 minimum raise). It includes six weekends of trainings with top rated trainers and consultants, all parking, meals including breakfast and lunch throughout the program and all training materials.  

Please note that travel expenses are not included. It costs $3,500 to train one woman in our 6 month program. Tuition offsets the cost of Emerge Colorado's out-of-pocket costs for providing the weekend training sessions. Emerge Colorado believes that individual circumstances should NOT be a barrier to participation in the program.  Partial financial aid may be awarded ONLY after admission to the program.

Fundraising Commitment
Program participants are required to raise a minimum of $500 for the Emerge Colorado program during the program year. The program offers many opportunities for participants to fullfill this requirement including selling tickets to low-dollar receptions, house parties, the annual Trailblazers Cocktail Reception, the annual  Rolling the Patriarchy event and volunteering for call-time. 

Emerge Colorado staff are also on hand to assist with personal fundraising endeavors. The program is committed to helping women become excellent fundraisers and raising funds for the organization is one of the best and most fun ways to perfect this skill.

Traveling to the training sessions is a requirement of the program. Program members are responsible for their own travel expenses including hotel, airfare, mileage, toll, taxis, shuttles, etc.

Time Commitment
The success of the Emerge Colorado program depends upon commitment to the program's entire schedule by each participant. Over the six-month period, over 70 Program hours are scheduled.  Time outside of regularly scheduled trainings will be necessary for homework and training preparation.



As a 527 non-profit organiztion, contibutions are NOT tax deductible.

We accept funding from all sources. 

We do not endorse or provide any financial support for our graduates or any candidate.

We do not train on issues.

We only work with identified women candidates who are registered Colorado Democrats, no exceptions. 

We aim for diverse cohorts- inclusive of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, geography, religion and education in all cohorts. 

If you have interest in making a contribution to help us power progressive change in Colorado, please contact our Executive Board Chair at taylor [at] emergeco [dot] org

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