We encourage you to begin your application well in advance of the closing date due to the detailed nature of the application.
Emerge Kentucky seeks Democratic women who are committed to effective political leadership and are interested and plan to run for elective office and who have:
Emerge Kentucky will select 20-25 women from across the state who meet the above criteria and who we believe have the potential to be political leaders.
Emerge embraces diversity and encourages applications from all women regardless of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or physical ability. Our mission to build the bench of Democratic women ready to run for office acknowledges both systemic and historic barriers to running for office as well as the barriers women impose on themselves.
To be considered for the 2019 Emerge Kentucky training program, applicants must complete a written application by November 13th. Online applications will be evaluated by a selection committee and qualified applicants will be invited to an in-person interview in November and December. Invitations to join the 2019 class will be extended in January.
The success of the Emerge Kentucky program depends upon commitment to the program’s entire schedule by each participant. Over the six-month period, approximately 70 program hours are scheduled. Some time outside of regularly scheduled trainings will be necessary for homework and training preparation. While emergencies sometimes arise, attendance at the first day of training is mandatory and absence for any reason will result in a deferral to the following year. Please review the schedule below to ensure your availability to attend every day labeled “Training.”
January 25th – Orientation in Louisville
January 26th – Louisville, Training Session 1
February 12th – Frankfort, Training Session 2
February 22nd – Paducah, Reception
February 23rd – Paducah, Training Session 3
March 22nd – Richmond Reception
March 23rd – Berea, Training Session 4
April 27th – Louisville, Training Session 5
May 17th – Northern KY, Reception
May 18th – Northern KY, Training Session 6
June 22nd – Lexington, Training Session 7 & Graduation
Emerge Kentucky will review completed online applications and select finalists for in-person interviews. Finalists will be invited to attend an interview with the selection committee in November and December in Lexington and Louisville.
2019 Interview Dates and Times
November 17th 9AM-12PM EST – Louisville
December 8th 9AM-12PM EST – Lexington
A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required and must be submitted along with a completed application. The application fee can be paid here or mail a check payable to Emerge Kentucky, P.O. Box 701262, Louisville, KY 40270.
Two letters of recommendation are required for the application. Please identify these individuals and their emails. Within the application you will be prompted to attach their emails and they will be notified to submit your letter.
Applicants will need to attach a resume to their application in the online portal.
Tuition to the program is $750. Financial need should not be a barrier to applying to the program. Financial assistance may be discussed after admission to the program.
The six-month program does take place in various parts of the state one Saturday each month, and travel and overnight accommodations may be necessary depending on your location to trainings. Emerge Kentucky will endeavor to assist with supporter housing when needed, but travel costs are not covered by the program.
If financial concerns are holding you back from completing your application, please reach out to Executive Director Blair Haydon at email@example.com.