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Sep
1
Mon
Class of 2015 Early Recruitment Period
Sep 1 – Nov 10 all-day

The recruitment for the Class of 2015 officially kicks off on September 1, 2014 and will continue through November 10, 2014. This is considered the “Early Application Period.” For folks coming off elections and needing a little extra time, we do offer a “Late Application Period” of a few extra days, but the application fee jumps to $40 per applicant. If you’d like to know more about the IDF application requirements, click here.  If you are ready to apply online, you can begin by entering your necessary information below!

 

 

 

Nov
11
Tue
Late Recruitment Period
Nov 11 – Nov 17 all-day

The recruitment for the Class of 2015 officially kicks off on September 1, 2014 and will continue through November 12, 2014, a timeframe we call the “Early Application Period.” For folks coming off elections and needing a little extra time, we do offer a “Late Application Period” that will continue through November 17th, 2014.  However, the application fee now jumps to $40 per applicant. If you’d like to know more about the IDF application requirements, please click here.  If you’re ready to apply, please fill out the form below.

 


 

Dec
6
Sat
IDF Interviews, Day 1 @ Schwabe, Williamson, & Wyatt
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Interviews are 30 minutes long and will be conducted with four or five IDF board members or alumni.  After the application period concludes on November 17th, someone from our Board of Directors will contact you to set up an interview. We strongly encourage applicants to make efforts to do the in person interview, rather than a Skype or telephone interview as a large part of our decision making rests on the interview. Please contact us if you cannot make this weekend: info@democraticfuture.org

Dec
7
Sun
IDF Interviews, Day 2 @ Schwabe, Williamson, & Wyatt
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Interviews are 30 minutes long and will be conducted with four or five IDF board members or alumni.  After the application period concludes on November 17th, someone from our Board of Directors will contact you to set up an interview. We strongly encourage applicants to make efforts to do the in person interview, rather than a Skype or telephone interview as a large part of our decision making rests on the interview. Please contact us if you cannot make this weekend: info@democraticfuture.org

Dec
11
Thu
IDF Class of 2015 Selection Meeting
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Board members, interviewers and alum can make their case for our Class of 2014 selection meeting. Location TBD.

Jan
9
Fri
2015 Kickoff Reception @ tbd
Jan 9 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Please join the Institute for a Democratic Future Board of Directors, Alumni, and friends as we welcome the Class of 2015 at our annual IDF Kickoff Reception. This annual event is the first official event of the Class of 2015 and will involve speakers, icebreakers and mingling with fellow classmates and alum.  This is a fundraising event for our Scholarship Fund, so alum and friends, please bring your credit cards and wallets!

More details as we get closer to the event.

If you’d like to purchase your tickets, please fill out the secure donation form below.

Jan
10
Sat
Kickoff Weekend @ tbd
Jan 10 @ 8:30 am – Jan 11 @ 5:30 pm
Kickoff Weekend @ tbd | Seattle | Washington | United States

After we officially kickoff the our Class of 2015 program at our Kickoff Reception on Friday evening, we then follow it up with two full days of programming on Saturday and Sunday. Official schedules will be emailed to the class about one week prior to the weekend session. Typically, programming for this first weekend has included the following:

  • Program Overview
  • Preview of Basic Political Institutions & State Government
  •  Breakout Session on Race and Social Justice
  • State Budget Simulations

Our speakers for this weekend have generally included:

  • State Democratic Party Chairs
  • State elected officials
  • Constitutional experts
  • Motivational speakers on the issues of race/social justice, leadership, and public service
  • Other political leaders who provide overviews on elections, state government and politics
Jan
19
Mon
Olympia/State Govt Session @ tbd
Jan 19 @ 7:00 am – Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm
Olympia/State Govt Session @ tbd | Olympia | Washington | United States

This IDF session focuses on Washington state government and the agencies, electeds, lobbying and policymaking that surround state government. Official schedules will be emailed to the class about one week prior to the session. Typically, programming for this second weekend has included the following:

  • Shadowing a State Legislator
  • Media Panel Discussion
  • State Executive Electeds and State Agency Directors
  • Lobbyist Panel Discussion
  • Tours of Washington Supreme Court
  • Bad Karaoke

We plan this weekend over MLK Jr Day, which is a holiday for most. However, this is a big day in Olympia as many activists, protestors, concerned citizens and youth organizations plan their trips down to Olympia. IDF will cover the cost of the hotel for Monday evening as well as dinner for the panel discussion on Monday evening.

Feb
7
Sat
Local Government & Current Issues @ tbd
Feb 7 @ 8:30 am – Feb 8 @ 5:00 pm
Local Government & Current Issues  @ tbd | Seattle | Washington | United States

This IDF session focuses on local governments, their electeds, and issues impacting local government. Official schedules will be emailed to the class about one week prior to the session. Typically, programming for the local government section of this third weekend has included the following

  • Tour of the Port of Tacoma and/or Tour of the Port of Seattle
  • Overview of Local Governments
  • Elected Officials from City of Seattle, King County, Port of Seattle and City of Tacoma
  • Simulations on local government

The other part of this session focuses on current issues impacting Washington state or those issues that are on the radar politically. Generally we pick two or three broad issues impacting the state or national politics and hear from panelists and speakers on those issues.  Typically, programming for this section of the weekend has included the following:

  • Volunteering at a homeless tent city
  • Speakers discussing issues relating to Women’s health, education, the viaduct, human trafficking, healthcare and taxation
  • Labor leaders panel discussing union history and the labor movement
  • Tour of the Gates Foundation

This session will be based in Seattle. This is not an overnighter and hotels are NOT provided by IDF. If you are a remote IDF’er outside King County and need help being matched with some housing, let us know.

More details as we get closer to the weekend.

Feb
21
Sat
Suburban Crescent/Central Puget Sound @ tbd
Feb 21 @ 9:00 am – Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm
Suburban Crescent/Central Puget Sound @ tbd | Bellevue | Washington | United States

This is a first for IDF. We’re taking bits and pieces of other sessions and building a new weekend called “Suburban Crescent.”  We will start in Everett, work our way to Bellevue and end in Tacoma.

Typical programming for similar weekends include:

  • Tour of Boeing
  • Tour of Navy facilities
  • Tour of the Port of Tacoma
  • Discussions around Sound Transit Link Light Rail expansion
  • Walking tour of re-development of Downtown Tacoma’s Business District

This will be a Saturday and Sunday session.  Funds permitting, we may cover hotels overnight on Saturday night.

 

Mar
6
Fri
SW Washington/Portland
Mar 6 @ 5:30 pm – Mar 8 @ 6:00 pm
SW Washington/Portland

This IDF session focuses on comparing and contrasting transit and transportation planning between Portland and Seattle. Official schedules will be emailed to the class about one week prior to the session. Typically, programming for this fifth weekend has included the following:

  • Tour of the Portland’s Tri-Met system
  • Meet with Transportation and landuse planners
  • Advocates for and against transit-related development
  • Bike advocates and other alternate modes
  • Tour of the Columbia River Crossing

Friday evening will be spent in Vancouver, Saturday evening in Portland.  This is an overnighter and hotels are will be provided by IDF. Transportation will be provided by IDF. We will return to Seattle on Saturday late afternoon – typically we take the train down to Portland on Friday at 5 pm. Sunday afternoon session will be spent in Seattle/King County.

More details as we get closer to the weekend.

Mar
20
Fri
NW Washington
Mar 20 @ 5:30 pm – Mar 22 @ 6:00 pm
NW Washington

This IDF session focuses on the economics, politics and issues affecting Northwest Washington. Official schedules will be emailed to the class about one week prior to the session. Typically, programming for this sixth weekend has included the following:

  • Skagit Valley Farmers and agricultural experts
  • Border patrol agents
  • Coal terminal advocates and opponents panel discussion
  • Conservationist presentation
  • Tour of the Tulalip reservation and discussion of Native American issues

Friday evening after work, we will drive to either Bellingham or Mount Vernon for the evening.  Saturday night will be spent in another NW Washington city.  This is an overnighter and hotels are will be provided by IDF. Transportation is NOT provided by IDF.

More details as we get closer to the weekend.

Apr
17
Fri
Peninsula Weekend @ tbd
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 19 @ 9:00 pm
Peninsula Weekend @ tbd | Shelton | Washington | United States

This IDF session focuses on the economics, politics and issues affecting other regional parts of Washington state. In the past few years, the classes have preferred the peninsula region  for this weekend. Official schedules will be emailed to the class about one week prior to the session. Typically, programming for this seventh weekend has included the following:

  • Tour of U.S.S Stennis in Bremerton
  • Tour of Shellfish Farms and Lumber yards
  • Local elected officials on the unique politics and issues affecting that region
  • Tour of the State Patrol Police Academy

Friday evening after work, we will drive to Shelton for the evening.  Saturday night will be an overnighter too either in Bremerton or Port Townsend.  This is an overnighter weekend and hotels are will be provided by IDF. Transportation is NOT provided by IDF.

More details as we get closer to the weekend.

Apr
25
Sat
Campaigns & Elections Weekend @ tbd
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm

***This date may change to the weekend of May 2nd/3rd.  This IDF session focuses on campaigns and elections. We will go over the tactics and strategies campaigns in Washington state employ on the campaign trail.  Official schedules will be emailed to the class about one week prior to the session. Typically, programming for this eigth weekend has included the following:

  • Pollsters, political consultants, messaging strategists and other vendors
  • Candidates talking about how they won or what they learned
  • Breakout sessions on campaign activities
  • Media crisis simulations
  • Watch the State Labor Council’s COPE Convention and vote

This is a Seattle-based weekend for both Saturday and Sunday. This is not an overnighter and hotels are NOT provided by IDF. If you are a remote IDF’er outside King County and need help being matched with some housing, let us know.

More details as we get closer to the weekend.

May
4
Mon
Washington DC Session @ tbd
May 4 – May 10 all-day
Washington DC Session @ tbd | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

**Please note these dates may change. This event is planned around the annual Potlatch reception and that date has not yet been confirmed. It is typically the first or second Friday in May.

There several things to note about our Washington DC session.  First, this is an optional trip and does not count against your attendance. Because of the content of the programming for DC, we HIGHLY recommend you attend, but understand it may be difficult for cost and work related reasons to participate

Second, we plan this session around Potlatch, an annual reception put on by the Washington State Society and they usually settle on a May date at the beginning of the year. Therefore, we will settle the exact dates of this session when they announce the date of Potlatch.

Thirdly, the regular programming is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday of the week we are in Washington, DC. Thursday and Wednesday are considered travel days and Saturday is your own day to go siteseeing in DC.

Fourth, IDF covers your Potlatch tickets and your hotels during your stay in DC. Plane tickets, transportation and food are your own responsibility.

Lastly, we tested out an “Extended DC Session” last year for an extra $150 which would add in programming on to our regular program. It was a huge hit so we’re bringing it back. You may select either the regularly scheduled trip (Sunday-Wednesday) which your normal tuition covers.  Or you may pay an extra $150 and participate in the extended DC trip with two extra days of programming.

Official schedules will be emailed to the class about prior to the session. Typically, programming for this ninth weekend has included the following:

  • Tour of the Pentagon
  • Meetings with our Democratic delegation
  • Think tank speakers and policy makers
  • Tour of the Democratic National Committee’s HQ
  • Brown bag lunch with national consultants, lobbyists and policymakers
  • Tour of Embassies
  • Meetings with Department Directors, NGO staffers and committee staff
  • Meetings with veterans organizations

More details as we get closer to the weekend.

Jun
5
Fri
Eastern Washington Weekend @ tbd
Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm
Eastern Washington Weekend @ tbd | Wenatchee | Washington | United States

This IDF session focuses on the economics, politics and issues affecting Eastern Washington.  Official schedules will be emailed to the class about one week prior to the session. Typically, programming for this tenth and final weekend has included the following:

  • Tour of a winery
  • Tour of a wind farm
  • Tour of apple or cherry orchard
  • Meetings with cattle ranchers and migrant farmer advocates
  • Meeting with Spokane business and elected leaders
  • Discussion on water rights issues
  • Tour of a prison and talk with local law enforcement
  • Discuss gun rights

Friday evening after work, we will drive to either Wenatchee or Yakima for the evening.  Saturday night will be an overnighter too either in Tri-Cities, Spokane or Walla Walla.  This is an overnighter wekend and hotels are will be provided by IDF. Transportation is NOT provided by IDF.

More details as we get closer to the weekend.

Jun
20
Sat
IDF 2015 Graduation @ tbd
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm – Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm

Speed Mentoring is on Saturday, June 20th from 1 pm – 5 pm.  More details here:  http://democraticfuture.org/2015speedmentoring/

Graduation is on Sunday, June 21st from 3 pm – 7 pm. More details here:

It’s hard to believe it’s over. We just started!

This is the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2015. We’ll have speakers, a little ceremony, some awards and mostly just good company as we bid each well in this final day of the Class of 2015.

IDF 2015 Graduates, you are welcome to bring guests, siblings, spouses, significant others, parents. There is no cost to you.  This is, however, a fundraiser for our next great Class of 2016, so we ask extra guests to help underwrite the cost of graduation with a $20 donation for food/drink and a little left over for our scholarship fund.

For Alum and other distinguished guests, we’d like to ask for a $20 donation to help defer the costs of graduation. Every dollar raised will increase our net for the event and the balance will go directly into the Scholarship Fund for the Class of 2016.

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