Our Programs

Rust Belt Rising will connect the Democratic Party to its base of working families, who have been left behind by a system rigged in favor of the top 1%. We help candidates lead on critical economic issues and fight for a working democracy.  We are committed to advancing a Democratic Party whose leadership reflects our diverse coalition and are proud to offer all of our services free of charge.

Mentorship Program

Are you a Democrat running for office in IL, IN, OH, MI, PA, WI? Are you looking for help finding your voice around key economic issues?

Rust Belt Rising’s mentorship program is designed with candidates like you in mind and will be tailored to your needs. We are here to help transform your values into compelling messaging around key economic issues and will stay in touch throughout your campaign.

Apply here. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for a limited number of spots. With questions or concerns, email info@rustbeltrising.com.

Download a PDF with more details here.

Previous Trainings: Finding Your Voice in the Rust Belt

Our initial training was a series of six interactive online sessions held in summer 2018. Topics included coaching on message and storytelling, policy seminars, and the opportunity to connect with and learn from other candidates.

Dozens of candidates from across our six states at all levels of government enrolled in this program. Participants completed pre-session readings and post-session exercises. A weekly commitment of two hours was expected.

See the sessions