Campaign 101

Friday, July 23, 2004

Campaign 101 at DemocracyFest

Campaign 101 founder Shaula Evans will be representing Campaign 101 this weekend at a panel discussion on engaging young people in grassroots politics at DemocracyFest.

The Campaign 101 team is eager to share our experiences with other people working with youth in politics and we are excited to participate in DemocracyFest this weekend.

Look for updates next week!

Campaig 101 Launches Alumni Blog

The 2004 class alumni of Campaign 101 are launching our own blog, C101, at

Our goals are:
  • to educate each other and our peers about the political issues we are passionate about and that effect us
  • to create a forum where young people can express our views on politics and policy
  • to provide a tool for dialogue between young people and the political establishment in Virginia

  • The many friends and supporters of Campaign 101 are welcome to add their comments to our blog.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    Grassroots Success Story

    Campaign 101 started off in February 2004 as a team of 7 students, 1 adult, and the goal of getting more students involved in progressive, grassroots politics in Virginia.

    We decided to work together to set up a weekend of intensive workshops to train other student activists how to organize. We teamed up with a professional political group that promised to arrange speakers and handle our finances while we provided the research and sweat equity for a weekend student training. Unfortunately, our partner withdrew in June, leaving us just over a month to completely rebuild our program from the ground up, including designing a new website, raising new funds, and doing all of our publicity and promotions from scratch.

    To bootstrap the project, we turned to the fundamentals of retail politics. We reached out to democrats and progressive political groups across the state to ask for help, including NOW, the NAACP, and the Virginia Education Association. With an operating budget of zero we sent email after email (because it is free), and followed up with phone calls (because they are effective), to hundreds of students, teachers, elected officials, and political activists. We recruited at local Democratic meetings, at MeetUps, and at theatres showing Fahrenheit 9/11. And we kept the press informed every step of the way.

    The local branch of the VEA offered us their space to use for free. The Fairfax Young Democrats handled the money for us so we wouldn’t have to form a PAC. Local elected officials, from the school board up to the Virginia Senate Minority Leader, and the Chairman of the Virginia State Party generously offered their time, on extremely short notice, to address the students, and Congressman Jim Moran saved the project with his generous financial contribution. Local Democrats donated meals and materials, and professional political operatives from Northern Virginia and DC stepped up to speak for free and also to use their personal connections to help us find other trainers. The training itself became an exercise in the kind of coalition-building, creative thinking, and community activism that grassroots politics at its best is all about.

    The training, on July 10 & 11, was a success beyond what we ever imagined back in February. The alumni are now working together on a collaborative blog,, to discuss policy and politics from a youth activist perspective, as well as organizing “The George W. Bush Farwell Tour,” a concert/rally/voter registration drive in August. And, we are all making plans for how we can get more students involved when we go back to school.

    I’ll be speaking on a panel about youth activism at DemocracyFest this weekend representing Campaign 101, and we hope our experience and the lessons we’ve learned can help support other student organizers around the country.

    We will continue to maintain the Campaign 101 website to publicize the ongoing projects of the Campaign 101 Alumni.

    Campaign 101 Thanks our Presenters!

    Campaign 101 thanks the generous Democrats who gave us their scarce free time to address our participants.

    Opening Guest Speaker
    Delegate Ken Plum

    Mr. Luke Peterson
    American Federation of Teachers

    Campaign Planning
    Mr. Dave McGonagle
    Deputy Training Director, Emily's List

    Saturday Lunch Guest Speaker
    Delegate Viola Baskerville

    Mr. John Miyasato
    President, Crossroads Consulting

    Direct Voter Contact & Campaign Invasions:
    Ms. Denise Ferriozi
    Recruiter, Campaign Corps

    Absentee Ballots & Direct Voter Contact:
    Mr. John Harold
    Registrar, City of Fairfax

    Ms. Shayna Englin
    Englin, Inc.

    Virginia Young Democrats:
    Mr. Dominic Gabello
    National Committeeman, Virginia Young Democrats

    Dinner Guest Speaker:
    Senator Richard Saslaw
    Virginia Senate Minority Leader

    Sunday Breakfast Guest Speaker:
    Delegate Steve Shannon

    Mr. David Englin
    Ripple of Hope

    Special Guest Speaker:
    Congressman Jim Moran

    Volunteer Management:
    Mr. Chris Miller
    Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

    Lunch Guest Speaker:
    Mr. Kerry Donley
    Chairman, Democratic Party of Virginia

    Special Guest Speaker:
    Ms. Barbara Allen
    President, Fairfax Education Association

    Special Guest Speaker:
    Delegate Chap Petersen

    Special Guest Speaker:
    Mr. Jay Myerson
    General Counsel to the Democratic Party of Virginia

    Campaign 101 Thanks our Job Fair Participants!

    Campaign 101 would like, belatedly but from the heart, to thank the participants at our July 11 Volunteer/Internship Job Fair.

    Mr. Frank Blechman
    representing The Virginia Organizing Project

    Braddock District Supervisor Sharon Bulova

    Ms. Marion Forsyth
    representing Mr. Greg Werkheiser of Werk PAC

    Mr. Matt Harrison
    representing Matt Harrison for Delegate 2005

    Ms. Connie Houson
    representing Delegate Steve Shannon

    Mr. Kevin Hyde
    representing Delegate Mark Sickles

    Mr. Nick Kessler
    representing Tim Kaine for Governor 2005

    Ms. Jackie Menefee
    representing Menefee for Congress

    Delegate Chap Petersen
    representing Chap Petersen for Lt. Governor

    Friday, July 09, 2004

    Can I register at the door?

    Absolutely! You are WELCOME to participate in Campaign 101 and register at the door.

    Just show up at the Fairfax Education Association this weekend. The address is 3917 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030 and you can find a map here.

    We'll be there from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday and 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday.

    You can pay at the door. The cost is $50 for both days or $25 for just one day. Make your checks payable to the Fairfax Young Democrats.

    If you still have questions, call 703-380-6533.

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Thursday, July 08, 2004

    Yes, we have room for you!

    Thanks to our new location at the Fairfax Education Association office, we still have some spaces available for participants.

    You can register online here.

    The cost is just $50 for two-days of intensive, progressive campaign training, including 5 meals, training materials, and the Campaign 101 Volunteer/Intern Job Fair, or $25 for just one day. Please make checks payable to the Fairfax Young Democrats.

    And, we are happy to coordinate free homestays for our out-of-town students.

    If you have questions or would like information, please contact us as soon as possible.

    See you on Saturday!

    Spirit of Campaign 101

    We are holding a Spirit of Campaign 101 Photography Contest for the photograph that best captures the real spirit of Campaign 101. Please bring your cameras and try to get the best candid picture. We'll send participants details after the training on how to submit your pictures.

    We would also like to record the training session on video and audio, to use as a future training tool in school clubs. If you can help us with recording, or know someone who can, let us know.

    Campaign 101 in the news...Again!

    Check out the GREAT story in the Vienna Connection that hits newsstands today:

    Campaign 101: Experiencing the Political Process
    Steve Evans
    July 7, 2004

    High-school students often participate in grass-roots political campaigns, but rarely have they taught others how to run them — that is, until Campaign 101.

    Read more here.

    Campaign 101 Grand Finale

    The Campaign 101 Grand Finale will be...a phone banking party through MoveOn PAC!

    We're going to register voters in one of the important "battleground" states that will decide the election. It'll be fun - and a powerful way to help defeat George W. Bush.

    The Phone Bank party is for all of the Campaign 101 participants. If you go to this link and register for the phone bank, it will help us file our follow-up report afterwards with MoveOn:

    Here are the details:

    Campaign 101 Phone Bank
    Fairfax Education Association Office / 3917 Old Lee Highway
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    Sunday, July 11, 04:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    We'll have a list of unregistered voters to call, and scripts to read when we're on the phone. Afterwards, we'll send a helpful kit to anyone who tells us they'd like to register to vote, and follow up to make sure they do. This has been shown to be a very effective way to register voters - and there's never been a more important time to boost registration than in the lead-up to this November's election!

    Since we'll be spending a good deal of the time at the party on the phone, it's important that you bring your own cell phone if you can. We'll try to have a few extra on hand in case you can't bring one. But lists of folks to call, scripts of what to say, and good company will be provided.

    Time for us to roll up our sleeves!

    Campaign 101 Schedule

    Saturday, July 10

  • 08:30 – 09:00 Check-in

  • 09:00 – 09:50 Opening Remarks

  • 10:00 – 10:50 Voter File & Targetting

  • 11:00 – 11:50 Campaign Planning / Project Management

  • 12:00 – 01:30 Lunch with Special Guest Speaker Delegate Viola Baskerville

  • 01:30 – 02:20 Get Out the Vote

  • 02:30 – 03:20 Direct Voter Contact & Campaign Invasions

  • 03:30 – 04:20 Voter Registration & Absentee Ballot Drives

  • 04:30 – 05:20 Political Fundraising

  • 05:30 – 06:30 Virginia Young Democrats & the 2004 VYD Campaign

  • 06:30 - 06:45 Overview of Case Studies

  • 06:45 – 09:00 Dinner plus Case Study teams

  • Sunday, July 11

  • 09:00 – 10:00 Breakfast with Special Guest Speaker Delegate Steve Shannon

  • 10:10 – 11:00 Political Communications

  • 11:10 – 12:00 Special Guest Speaker Congressman Jim Moran

  • 12:10 – 01:30 Member Recruitment and Volunteer Management

  • 01:40 – 02:30 Lunch with Special Guest Speaker Kerry Donley, Virginia Democratic Party Chair

  • 02:30 – 03:00 Campaign 101 Alumni Network Resources

  • 03:00 – 04:00 Volunteer/Internship Job Fair

  • 04:00 – 05:00 Campaign 101 Phone Bank

  • Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

    Information for Participants

    Some handy information before you leave home...

    Location: Campaign 101 takes place at the Fairfax Education Association, located at 3917 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030. We are happy to send you a map or directions by email.

    Registration Fee: The registration fee is $50. Please make checks payable to the "Fairfax Young Democrats," who are graciously handling the finances on the project for us.

    Schedule: Check in is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 10. Workshops run from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday. The Campaign 101 Volunteer/Intern Job Fair takes place 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 10. There will be a final Campaign 101 Phone Bank to register new voters from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Parking: Parking is available on site, free of charge.

    Meals: The training fee includes a light breakfast on Saturday & Sunday; lunch and dinner on Saturday, and lunch on Sunday. Meals and snacks will be offered college cafeteria style and will be provided for the entire training. Vegetarian options will be available. Any student with other special dietary needs should contact before 5:00 on Friday.

    Packing List

    Items you need to bring
    ° Comfortable clothes. These will be long days that approximate the grind of a campaign – jeans or sweats are fine. Don’t for get your pyjamas if you are in a homestay!
    ° A notebook, pens and pencils
    ° Calculator
    ° Cell phone if you can bring one.
    ° Lawn chair if you can bring one – so we can “take class outside” on Sunday if the weather is good.

    Items you might want to have
    ° Alarm clock
    ° Water bottle

    Campaign 101 Job Fair Update

    More great Democrats and progressives are joining us for the Campaign 101 Volunteer/Internship Job Fair, including:

  • Tim Kaine for Governor

  • Congressman Jim Moran

  • Al Weed for Congress

  • Jonathan Menefee for Congress

  • Delegate Steve Shannon

  • Delegate Chap Peterson

  • Delegate Mark Sickles

  • Matt Harrison for Delegate

  • Braddock District Supervisor Sharon Bulova

  • Fairfax County School Board At-Large Member Janet Oleszek

  • America Coming Together

  • The Virginia Organizing Project

  • Please note that in some cases campaigns are sending staff representatives where the candidate is not able to join us in person.

    The goal of the Campaign 101 Volunteer/Internship Job Fair is to introduce Democratic candidates (or campaign representatives) to our graduates who will be “grass tops” youth coordinators to promote their campaigns and facilitate arranging canvasses, voter registration drives, campaign invasions, etc.

    We encourage campaigns to bring bumper stickers, pins, and any other visibility materials that they may wish to distribute to our participants.

    If you are a Democratic Candidate or Organization that would like to participate in the Campaign 101 Job Fair, please contact us.

    Originally Posted 2004/06/30.
    Updated and Reposted 2004/07/08 SE.

    Wednesday, June 30, 2004

    Campaign 101 Online Registration Now Available!

    Campaign 101
    a grassroots activist training for high school & college students
    Saturday, July 10 & Sunday, July 11, 2004
    Fairfax Education Association Office
    3917 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030

  • Registration Instructions Please fill out this registration form and press the send button at the bottom.  If you have any difficulties with the form, please copy and paste it into a new email and send the form with your responses to;(AOL accounts seem to have some technical problems with the webform.)
  • Payment Instructions The Campaign 101 registration fee is $50 per person. We do not have access to a 100% secure way to accept online payments at this time, so we are asking participants to bring the payment with them in person to the training.
  • Follow-up We will respond to your registration form within 24 hours. If you do not hear from us within that time, please send us an email so we can double chekc your registration status. Thank you!

  • Registration

    First Name:
    Last Name:

    Address Line 1:

    Address Line 2:

    City: State:



    Emergency Contact Name: Phone: Relationship:

    Meals & Accommodations

    Campaign 101 will provide the following meals, included in the $50
    registration fee:

    Saturday:light breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Sunday: light breakfast, lunch

    Do you have any food allergies or dietary needs?

    Please explain.

    If you live in the Fairfax area, can you offer homestay accommodations to
    other participants? How many?

    Please supply the name and contact information for a parent so we can
    coordinate the homestay details.

    Name: Telephone:

    Do you need us to arrange homestay accommodations for you for:

    Friday night

    Saturday night

    Sunday night

    Do you have any allergies or special accommodation needs?

    Please be specific.

    Additional Information

    This information will help us plan for effective alumni network tools, and
    also to create balanced teams for the campaign planning exercise. You don’t need
    to write essays, and there are no wrong answers.

    Where are you attending school in September 2004?

    School: Location:
    School year:

    Does your school have an active Democratic club?

    Are you registered to vote?

    Do you turn 18 before November 2, 2004?

    Please let us know about your previous experience in political clubs or

    If the weather is good, we may offer some activities outside. Can you bring a
    lawn chair?

    The training may include a phone bank exercise. Can you bring a cell

    What do you want to get out of your experience with Campaign 101? What are
    your goals for this training?

    How did you hear about Campaign 101?

    Comments or Questions

    Please let us know if you have other comments or questions.

    Campaign 101 Speaker Update

    We are arranging some outstanding speakers to address the Campaign 101 participants.

    Recently confirmed speakers include:

  • Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman Kerry Donley

  • Delegate Viola O. Baskerville

  • Delegate Steve Shannon

  • Virginia Young Democrats President Greg Lane

  • Check back into our site or sign up for our updates list for more breaking news about Campaign 101 speakers.

    Tuesday, June 29, 2004

    Campaign 101 Logistics Update

    Thanks to the generosity of our friends at the Fairfax Education Association, Campaign 101 has found a new home.

    Our training will take place at:

    Fairfax Education Association
    3917 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030

    For a map or directions, click here.

    This means we can guarantee our registration fee at the new reduced rate of just $50, which includes training, meals, training materials, and the job fair.

    Thank you, FEA!

    Sidebar Update - Congressional Campaigns

    We've added links to all of the Virginia Democratic Congressional campaigns.

    Contact a campaign and find out how you can get involved!

    Sunday, June 27, 2004

    We Get Letters!

    Thank you to the many friends who have written with with support, encouragement, and suggestions.

    Here is a selection of some of the messages we've received:
    Fairfax, VA - Please send me your flyer. I'd be happy to hand it out, with my 19-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son, at the Cinema Arts Theatre in Fairfax. We all saw F-911 today in a packed theatre and could feel the excitement afterwards. Thanks! P.
    Fairfax, VA - How fabulous! Congratulations ... for keeping your efforts strong to support our young and potential voters. You know the future of the Democratic party is in their hands, and it is up to us to encourage them to be active, and now we have proof of your success. Michael Moore's website. Wow. On the weekend of his opening of Farenheit 9/11 no less. Who could have predicted this? I say HATS OFF. Cheers, Janet (Janet Oleszek, Fairfax County At-Large School Board Member)
    Florida - I'm going to be a junior in my high school in florida. I would love to know if their are any possibilities to make this a national movement. it would be great if you could send me a copy of your flyer, so i could get a group together and get the word out here!! Thanks! A.T.
    New York - How can I help?

    Remember, Rocky fights for you.

    Please share with all your friends, relatives, buddies, customers, clients and colleagues.

    Leslie Gabriel aka Rocky
    Hard-Hitting Political Street Theatre For The American People
    W 518 325 9318
    F 518 325 9319
    In The News
    Rocky Arrested
    99+ Reasons
    Road Tour
    Shrub Resume
    Support The Campaign - Official VOTE BUSH OUT! Stuff

    Friday, June 25, 2004

    A little (more) help from our friends

    If you've come here to help us out, we're thrilled to see you.

    Lots of Ways to Help

    Are you a high school or college student around Virginia? Please join us for Campaign 101! To register, or for more information, just send us an email.

    Do you know students who might be interested? Please pass on our URL and help spread the word! We're right here at Likewise, email us if you would like a flyer to put up.

    Are you going to see Fahrenheit 9/11? You can help us with Operation Firejump, our recruitment campaign to give leaflets to people when they exit the theatres all fired up!

    Do you have goods or services you'd like to donate for our July training? (Or an "in-kind contribution" in political speak.) We need meals and water for students, binders to hold training materials, and for that matter, a really big venue! But hey, we're a shoestring grassroots project, so if you have something you'd like to donate, we can probably put it to good use.
    Send us an email
    with your suggestion and we'll figure it out.

    Would you like to make a financial contribution? We are working on ways to handle contributions and registration fees online. In the meantime, you know the drill:
    drop us a line
    and we'll let you know how to send money by snail mail.

    Do you have other great ideas? Excellent!
    Let us know
    and we'll be delighted to hear from you.

    Thanks to Michael Moore

    Many thanks to Michael Moore for putting a link Campaign 101 on his site.

    Welcome to our visitors who are linking from his site!

    In brief:

    Campaign 101 is a youth outreach project to train high school and college students in progressive, Democratic campaign skills.

    We're holding a 2-day training, July 10 & 11th, in Fairfax, Virginia.

    Due to the amazing response to our Operation Firejump recruitment drive -- and no doubt thanks to the support from the Michael Moore website -- our recruitment has gone through the ROOF and we have now outgrown TWO consecutive venues. We are once again looking for a new facility and should have an even larger location confirmed early this week.

    With our location up in the air (again!) it means we don't know right now what the registration fee will be. We are working hard to bring it down to $50 for two-days inclusive with meal, and we are hoping to make it as low as $24. Keep your eyes on this site or sign up for updates to get the lowdown.

    Registration couldn't be easier. Just send us an email and we'll get back to you with the details.

    If you have a look around and still have questions, send us an email.

    Bzz Bzz Bzz: The Buzz on Campaign 101

    Many thanks to Michael Moore and the many friends who are spreading the word on Campaign 101.

    Who's talking about Campaign 101
  • Michael Moore
  • Grassroots for America
  • GOTV
  • Fahrenheit 9/11 Film Blog
  • Virginia Young Democrats Blog
  • People Powered Digest

  • And, to our friends logging in from the following two Japanese language sites, Yokoso!
  • Michael Moore Japan
  • Asyura 2

  • If you have information about Campaign 101 or Operation Firejump on your website, we'd love to know. Send us an email!.

    Updated SE 2004.06.28

    Wednesday, June 23, 2004

    Operation Firejump Update

    Campaign 101 sent out this action alert today:

    Campaign 101's Operation Firejump - Feel the Heat, Feel the Love

    Michael Moore is turning up the heat with his new movie, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Campaign 101 is diving into the heart of the fire to spread the word about our training to people who have seen the movie.

    Campaign 101 is a grassroots Democratic campaign training for high school and college students. We're writing to ask you to help us make Campaign 101's Operation Firejump a success.

    Ways You Can Help

    1. Hand out Campaign 101 flyers at a showing of Fahrenheit 9/11
    There is a list of theatres here.
    Hand out flyers to people coming *out* of the theaters.

    2. Hand out Campaign 101 flyers at F/911 House Parties.
    MoveOn is organizing house parties around Fahrenheit 9/11 on Monday, June 28, all across the country. Find a house party near you here . (You'll need to plug in your own zip code.)

    3. Recruit for your own Democratic or Progressive Group!
    Go ahead: We don't have a monopoly on guerilla recruitment! Take your own flyers or sign up sheets. Tap into all of that Democratic excitement! Please take our flyers with you, too.

    4. Spread the word!
    Tell your friends about Campaign 101's Operation Firejump and invite them to join us. Spread the word on your newsletters and email lists, blogs and websites.

    5. Please let us know which location/theatre/showing you cover.
    Send us a quick note to We'll share your success stories on the Campaign 101 website.

    We don't have our flyers online just yet, so if you need a copy, please send us an email.

    The Million Moms March had a great success with recruitment around Moore's last movie, Bowling for Columbine, and conservatives *actively* worked the theatres playing The Passion of the The Christ. Now it's *our* turn!

    2004 is one of the most exciting and critical years in our political history. Join us for Operation Firejump and help us take back Virginia and the White House.

    Shaula Evans
    Campaign 101 Senior Advisor

    Jeff Lieberman
    Campaign 101 Chair

    PS Are you a college or high school students interested in our two-day, intensive grassroots activist training program? You can find all the details on our website at If you still have questions or want to register, contact us at

    Tuesday, June 22, 2004

    Accommodations Update - Can you be a homestay family?

    We have students travelling from all over Virginia to participate in Campaign 101, and we'll need to offer accommodations to many of them for the nights of Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10th.

    If you are a Campaign 101 participant and you live in Northern Virginia, or if you are a Northern Virginia Democrat, please let us know if you could offer a homestay to one of our visiting Young Democrats.

    Drop us a line to volunteer as a homestay family.

    Job Fair Update!

    Fairfax County Schoolboard At-Large Member Janet Oleszek will be joining us at the job fair. Janet has a strong commitment to education issues and youth outreach and first-hand experience with innovative voter registration and absentee ballot drives.

    The Al Weed for Congress campaign will also be attending the job fair.

    Campaign 101 graduates will have the opportunity to meet with these and other great Democrats from around the state and find out how they can get invovled as volunteers, interns, and even staff.

    Stay tuned for more updates.

    Can you help us recruit at theatres this weekend?

    There are now 15 theaters across Virginia and counting that will be showing Michael Moore's documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11, about the ties between the Bush family and the Saudi Royal family this weekend.

    The Campaign 101 team will be taking flyers to as many showings at as many movie theatres as we can cover this weekend and next week, to hand out to people leaving the theatres.

    Please help us out by taking a shift at a theater in your area.

    1. The list of theatres is available here.

    2. Send us an email to let us know which theatre and which showing you'll be going to.

    3. We'll email you back a flyer to print and hand out.

    Our biggest challenge for Campaign 101 right now is getting the word out to Virginia students and signing up participants. If you can help us hand out flyers it will be a HUGE boost to our program.

    We've heard that the Virginia Young Democrats and other democratic and progressive groups are planning on working the theatres as well. We'd love to collaborate with you! If you know about another group planning a similar campaign this weekend, drop us a line on how we can work together.

    Site Update - Sidebar Links

    We've added several categories of links to our sidebar at the right to provide more ways for you to get informed and get involved about Democratic Politics in Virginia.

    If you know of Democratic or progressive sites or blogs that we're not linked to right now, please email us your suggestions.


    Friday, June 18, 2004

    Campaign 101 Frequently Asked Questions

    What is Campaign 101?

    Campaign 101 is a project to train high school and college students in progressive, grassroots campaign skills.

    Is this a partisan project?

    Hell, yeah. :) We are all Democrats, and working hard to make Virginia a Democratic state again.

    When is Campaign 101 taking place?

    Campaign 101 will take place Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11. We are currently negotiating with speakers and finalizing the itinerary. We will post updates to this site as details are confirmed.

    Where is this all happening?

    Good question. We originally planned to hold Campaign 101 at the Fairfax campus of George Mason University (in Virginia). However, we are currently exploring more cost-effective options in Northern Virginia. We look forward to announcing the official location for Campaign 101 on this site in the next few days.

    Who is behind Campaign 101? Why are you doing this?

    That counts as two questions. ;)

    Campaign 101 is a real grassroots project. The organizers are a team of high school students from different schools in Virginia, plus one adult advisor.

    We got together in February because we believe that youth participation in politics is really important. We've all been involved with politics in Virginia one way or another, either by working on local election campaigns, or getting involved with our school Democratic or political clubs--often both. We wanted to find a way to make political participation more accessible to other students, show them how exciting politics can be, and give them the skills to get involved in a higher level. We decided the best way to do that would be to organize a campaign skills training that would bring together students from all over the Commonwealth along with top state and national trainers and political figures.

    And no, we're not making a profit at this. We have collectively put in several thousand hours of (unpaid) work because we believe that what we're doing is that important.

    Speaking of money, how much does it cost to participate?

    That's another good question. ;)

    Our original registration fee was $100.

    However, we are looking for a cheaper facility so we can lower our costs. Our budget is in flux at the moment, but we look forward to updating you through this site about the new participation fees, and we promise they will be substantially reduced.

    I want to participate. How do I register?

    This is our favorite Frequently Asked Question. :)

    Just send us an email and we'll send you a registration form.

    FAQ last updated 6/27/2004

    A Little Help From Our Friends

    Today Campaign 101 sent out the following update to our friends across Virginia:

    Student Campaign Training Needs Your Help

    Campaign 101, a grasroots political training workshop for high school and college students, needs your help.

    Bad News/Good News

    Campaign 101 suffered a setback earlier this month when our original sponsors withdrew.

    We've been asking our friends for help so we can continue Campaign 101 on our own, and the Virginia Young Democrats have stepped up as a major sponsor.

    With the VYD's support, Campaign 101 is going forward as scheduled on July 10 and 11, with some minor changes and improvements. But, with less than a month to go, and a lot of work to do, we are writing to ask you to help us make our goal come true of training Virginia students in progressive grassroots campaign skills.

    How Can You Help?

    Spread the word!
    Registration is now the critical factor in making this project a success. Help us get register participants by getting the word out to high school and college students throughout Virginia. Forward this email, tell the students that you know, and share the information on your listservs and newsletters.

    Register Today!
    Are you a high school or college student? Join us! To register, or for more information, call Shaula Evans at 804-359-5559 or email If you already filled out the earlier online registration form, please still send us an email. Sorry for any inconvenience.

    Join us for the Job Fair!
    Are you an elected Democrat or Democratic Candidate in Virginia? Please be our guest at our Volunteer/Intern Job Fair at the end of the training on July 11. Meet up with our highly-motivated, highly-skilled graduates, and recruit new volunteers, interns, and staff. For more information, call Shaula Evans at 804-359-5559 or email

    More Information

    To keep on top of what's going on with Campaign 101, please visit our new website at:
    and, sign up for our update list here.

    Thank you for your help. With your support, we can reach out to young Democrats and build the next generation of the Virginia Democratic Party.

    Shaula Evans
    Campaign 101 Special Advisor

    Jeff Lieberman
    Woodson High School
    Campaign 101 Committee Chair

    Get Instant Updates on Campaign 101

    We now have a notify list to keep you instantly informed on the newest developments with Campaign 101.

    To sign up for Updates101, the Campaign 101 Notify List, enter your email here:

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    Thursday, June 17, 2004

    Campaign 101 Goes Forward!

    Despite the loss of one of our original sponsors, Campaign 101 is going forward as planned, on Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11, in Northern Virginia.

    Many thanks to our new sponsors, the Virginia Young Democrats, for saving the day!

    For media or registration inquiries, please contact Shaula Evans by email.

    To sponsor a student or make a financial contribution, please contact Greg Lane by email or 703-312-4414.

    Look forward to more details appearing regularly on this site!