March 17, 2015
The Hope Institute is the Democratic National Committee’s crash course for talented, aspiring young people from underrepresented backgrounds, providing the tools and training necessary to enter careers in political fundraising, nation- and statewide campaigns, and politically minded organizations. First established in 2005 as “Yes We Can!” by then-Senator Barack Obama, this program continues to be a success, with each subsequent class moving on to fruitful careers.
The DNC held its inaugural Hope Institute in June 2013, selecting a class of 40 Hope Fellows out of over 350 applicants nationwide. The Fellows heard firsthand from former campaign managers, elected officials, budding politicos, and current White House senior staff and learned what it takes to manage campaigns, run for office, and be successful in Democrat and progressive causes. The DNC is excited to announce its next Hope Institute, scheduled for July 2014.