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Catalyst Candidate Institute

You have the vision, passion, and ideas. We’re here to help you bring your campaign to life—and bring the community along with you. 

The Catalyst Candidate Institute is a nonpartisan training for community members who want to run for office, and staff who will be helping them run their campaign. Participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of everything that goes into grassroots campaigning, from messaging and media strategies, to community engagement and ethical fundraising. 

If you're ready to ignite meaningful change in your community and lead Miami toward a brighter era, we welcome you to sign up for the Catalyst Candidate Institute. 

Yes, you're qualified. Here's what we'll cover.

Fundamentals of running for office, from getting structured to conducting field operations
How to fundraise in an effective and ethical way
Developing your message, brand, and campaign communications and media strategy
Engaging community members in order to inform your platform and policy, and getting them involved in your campaign

Join the Institute

NOTE: Applications for the Fall institute are now closed. Please subscribe to our Policy & Advocacy newsletter to be notified when applications open up again. 

Dates TBD
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Every Tuesday for 5 weeks
Dinner will be provided.


There is no fee to participate.

NOTE: After entering your basic information here, you will be directed to the full application. Please complete the application in order to be considered.

Aidil Oscariz, [email protected]