The Front Line Leaders Academy (FLLA) provides values-based trainings and leadership development to individuals seeking positive social change in their communities. We work with our network of alumni and Young Elected Officials to create a sustained community and comprehensive curriculum for each fellowship class.
Our vision is to create a new political system of truly representative government that amplifies the voices of youth and marginalized communities.
Fellows selected for the program participate in four three-day weekend training conferences over the course of the six month program. These conferences cover a wide range of political and organizing skills and tactics, including how to be an effective campaign manager, finance director, communications director, field organizer and candidate. By graduation, FLLA Fellows will have developed a wide range of political skills and have compiled a resources workbook that will help them to be effective local leaders.
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Frequently asked questions
Who should apply to the FLLA program?
The Front Line Leaders Academy is looking for potential Fellows who are interested in developing the skills needed to be a campaign manager, run field operations, execute a communications plan, raise funds, or run for office. Fellows will learn these skills from successful Young Elected Officials and policy and campaign experts. The ideal FLLA Fellow is someone who is seeking to build a foundation of political and organizing knowledge as well as cultivate a network of diverse, progressive individuals in order that they may become more effective change makers in their respective communities.
What is the age range of participants?
Progressive young leaders aged 18 to 35 are eligible to apply.
If I am currently in office, can I be in the FLLA program?
The FLLA program is designed to train young leaders to gain basic political skills and increase their level of civic participation. Individuals who are already elected to public office are not eligible to enroll in FLLA. If you are already a young elected official and are interested in fine-tuning your skills, please contact the YEO Network which specifically works to provide a network of support and resources for public servants just like you.
If I am currently running for office, can I be in the FLLA program?
FLLA Fellows must not be a declared candidate for public office for the duration of the program. Any Fellow who files to run for office prior to graduation will be terminated from the program. If you have previously run for office but will not be a declared candidate between March and June of 2020, you are eligible to apply. Please contact Josh San Miguel at for more information.
How long does the FLLA program last? What are the time commitments of FLLA?
From the first session to graduation, FLLA lasts just under four months. During this time span, FLLA Fellows attend four in-person weekend conferences, complemented by group and individual assignments between the weekend sessions. After FLLA concludes, graduates are encouraged to stay connected with People For the American Way Foundation to further develop their skills and supplement their work in the progressive movement.
2020 Front Line Leaders Academy Training Dates:
March 20-22: Candidacy
April 17-19: Field and Finance
May 22-24: Communications and Campaign Management
June 26-28: Final Assessments and Graduation
How much does FLLA cost?
There is a one-time tuition fee of $250 to be paid before graduation weekend. Scholarships are available on an individual, as-needed basis. You will NOT be charged any fees in addition to the tuition fee and the expenses listed above.
Travel, lodging, training materials, breakfasts, lunches, and other costs associated with programming are covered by the YEO Network and are not the responsibility of the Fellow.
When are the conferences? Are they required?
There are four, three-day weekend (Friday-Sunday) conferences that will cover five important topics: field, finance, communications, campaign management and candidacy. Fellows are required to attend all four weekend training conferences and must complete all assignments (which culminate in a comprehensive campaign plan) before graduation.
Still have questions?
Email YEO’s Advanced Leadership Coordinator Josh San Miguel at or give him a call at (202) 467-2368.