Training: The Emerge Program

Emerge Colorado lowers barriers and levels the playing field by de-mystifying 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.

Summer Intensive Program (Up to 25 women)

Applications will open on March 1st and close April 29th

Application Fee: $50

Interviews to be held the week of May 1st

Decisions provided May 8th

Program held July 10th to 14th in Fraser, Colorado.

Tuition: $1,000

2018 6-Month Program

Applications open August 16th and close October 31st

Application Fee: $50

Interviews held November 6th through November 17th

Decisions made November 28th

Tuition: $500 give/ $500 fundraising requirement

2018 Calendar:

  • January: 1/27 and 1/28

  • March: 3/3 and 3/4

  • April: 4/14 and 4/15

  • May: 5/19 and 5/20

  • June: 6/10 and 6/11 and 6/23 and 6/24

Applications for the 2017 program are NOW CLOSED. 

2017 Training Dates - Orange Cohort

Orientation- January 11, 2017 (evening hours)

Weekend #1- January 14 and 15, 2017

Webinar- February 8, 2017, 6-8pm

Weekend #2- March 4 and 5, 2017

Weekend #3- April 8 and 9, 2017

Weekend #4- May 6 and 7, 2017

Weekend #5- June 3 and 4, 2017

Weekend #6- June 24 and 25, 2017 

Training Dates- Green Cohort

Weekend #1- January 28 and 29, 2017

Webinar- February 8, 2017 6-8pm

Weekend #2- March 18 and 19, 2017

Weekend #3- April 8 and 9, 2017

Weekend #4- May 6 and 7, 2017

Weekend #5- June 10 and 11

Weekend #6- June 24 and 25



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.

An applicants must be an identifyed women, registered Democrat and resident of Colorado. At this time we are not accepting out of state applicants. 

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, P.O. Box 11977, Denver, CO 80221. 


Tuition for the 2017/8 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 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 fullfil this requirement including selling tickets to low-dollar receptions, house parties, the annual Trailblazers Cocktail Reception 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.


Contact Program Manager, Leah Marvin-Riley at leah [at] emergeco [dot] org.




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