Arena Academy 201 equips experienced campaign staffers with the management and technical skills necessary to lead campaign teams. When you attend Arena Academy 201 you’re joining a dedicated community of campaign professionals committed to leveling up their skills and unlocking their leadership potential. Team Arena continues to build specialized 201 trainings to grow participant’s data, digital, and finance skills.
Here is a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about Arena Academy 201.
This training is intended for people who have worked at least one cycle as a full-time paid staffer on a campaign, in any position. We consider a cycle to be 3+ months working on a campaign or multiple campaigns. If you do not meet this criteria, please consider applying to Arena Academy, where we accept applicants from all backgrounds and experience levels.
We also ask that applicants demonstrate their interest in continuing to work on campaigns. If you currently hold a management position, you are strongly encouraged to apply, and if you don’t yet hold a management position, we want to know that that is something you aspire to.
We believe that to be a good manager, you need to get to know yourself. We all carry with us good and bad experiences from past managers. We taught ourselves things at past jobs. And our life experiences and identities have all shaped us in different ways. How can you take all of these factors and understand what it means to be the best leader you can be? At Arena Academy 201, you can expect to investigate how your lived experiences inform your leadership skills today. You can expect to be challenged, to gain insights, and to be in discussion with peers traversing the progressive campaign space.
The first day and a half will be spent in plenary sessions on management and leadership. The second day will hone in on particular skills you may need as a manager on a campaign.
No. Arena Academy 201 has a prerequisite of at least one cycle as a full-time paid campaign staffer. We consider a cycle to be 3+ months working on a campaign or multiple campaigns. If you do not meet this criteria, please consider applying to Arena Academy, where we accept applicants from all backgrounds and experience levels.
The cost of attending Arena Academy 201 is $200.
We want to make sure there are no barriers to applying, so we offer a range of need-based scholarships. Just complete the scholarship section of the application. If you’re accepted, we’ll let you know what level of scholarship we’re able to offer.
For trainings held online via Zoom, the scholarship will cover the registration fee. In the past, we’ve also offered childcare and technology grants. Participants are eligible to apply for this additional support once they’ve been accepted into Arena Academy 201.
Arena Academy 201 takes place online via Zoom. Since April 2020, Arena has hosted many virtual trainings. We specialize in creating effective learning environments and building community in virtual spaces.
No. This is open to anyone who wants to manage people or programs on campaigns.
No. The majority of time will be spent in plenary sessions. On the second day of training you’ll be able to choose which advanced sessions you’d like to attend on topics such as VAN, digital, reporting, budgeting, and others.
Team Arena continues to build specialized 201 trainings to grow help participants data, digital, and finance skills in a 2.5 format.
If you have other questions as you consider your decision, just email [email protected] or if you receive a text message from our team about your application, just text back. We’re a small team and will get back to you as soon as possible.
Arena Academy 201 is a two and a half day program hosted online. The majority of time will be spent in plenary sessions. The first day and half will consist of sessions on leadership and management k. On the final day of training you’ll be able to choose which advanced sessions you’d like to attend on topics such as budgeting, working with consultants, layering digital programs, and others.
Yes. You’ll receive pre-work and pre-reading approximately two weeks before Arena Academy 201.
Yes. The agenda will include ample breaks, as well as optional workshops and social events in the evenings.
We are committed to supporting all participants in their learning experience. If you need accommodation or support of any kind, please let us know on your application form or write to [email protected]
We have placed Arena Academy graduates with 2,353 jobs on progressive campaigns or at progressive organizations. After attending Arena Academy you will gain access to a variety of services and support through our talent program including resume workshops, networking, one-on-one career coaching, and Arena recommendations when applying to jobs.
You gain access to unique one-on-one support from the Arena Careers team. After the training, you can request job search coaching including resume review and interview preparation, or coaching to help you navigate your current role. Staffers trained at Arena Academy have worked in more than 2,035 roles on campaigns and in progressive organizations.
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