“One of the things I love about New Democrats: we’re always levelling up. These sessions are a must-attend.”
What you’ll learn
Level Up includes courses that will equip you with the skills you need to help elect New Democrats. Each course is hosted by an expert and includes weekly sessions. Each session is one hour long. You’ll learn things like:
- Using tools, targeting, and outreach to build a winning voter contact program
- Building a powerhouse fundraising plan that’ll help you raise money for your constituency
- Building Facebook ads and digital campaign plans, and upping your social media game
- Using SQL for fun — and profit!
- How to be an incredible volunteer, and how to recruit them
"These classes are relevant for anyone interested in running progressive political campaigns, and winning them. I use what I learned from the BC NDP team on every single campaign."
Catherine Jenkins, BC NDP False Creek Constituency Association President
"BC NDP activists are some of the keenest, most enthusiastic students a facilitator can ask for. You'll learn as much from your course as you will from your classmates."
Rebecca McNeil, Digital Strategist and BC NDP volunteer educator
"I've learned so much from taking workshops at Forward and Convention and built strong connections with other activists in the BC NDP movement. This year I'm ready to Level Up with all of you!"
Olivia Dixon, BC NDP Young New Democrat
"The Data Team are excellent teachers — knowledgeable and patient. The fact that I can actually use SQL now is a testament to that! 5 stars, would recommend."
Mike Vasilev, BC NDP Volunteer
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Voter Contact School
Learn the fundamentals of how to build and run a voter contact program.
Course includes information on tools, targeting, outreach beyond voter ID, best practices for recruiting a team of volunteers and how to protect data.
Audience: Voter contact organizers; experienced canvassers (volunteer or poll cats) looking to expand their skill sets and take on lead roles; constituency and EPC canvass and outreach organizers; volunteer coordinators; campaign managers; anyone interested in the hows and whys of talking to voters.
Fundraising to Win
How to fundraise for the BC NDP, even when we're socially distancing.
This course covers an overview of fundraising channels, as well as an in-depth look at two important physically distanced fundraising tactics and electoral finance rules for BC NDP donations. Participants will learn how to successfully create and undertake a fundraising plan.
Audience: Campaign managers; constituency presidents; fundraising coordinators for EPCs, campaigns, and constituencies; returning candidates and MLAs; constituency treasurers; campaign financial agents; anyone involved in campaign or constituency spending decisions.
Learn to use social media and digital communications platforms to help your campaign win.
This course covers social media and digital communications platforms and their best uses to support and integrate with a campaign plan, including volunteer recruitment, fundraising, voter contact, and GOTV work. Participants will also learn how to use a message guide, and how to build a Facebook ad.
Audience: Constituency and campaign communications leads; campaign managers; fundraisers; voter contact organizers; volunteers; candidates and MLAs; and anyone with a social media account who is interested in promoting the BC NDP.
An intensive look into planning a winning BC NDP campaign.
In this course all participants will learn about the key roles and pre-election work of a local Election Planning Committee and how local campaigns support each other and coordinate within a regional model. The second half of the course is split into two streams: battlegrounds and incumbents, and hero non-incumbents.
Battlegrounds and incumbents will also learn about building a campaign budget and how to spend funds to get the greatest lift, and are encouraged to also take the Voter Contact School session on Intro to Targeting.
Hero non-incumbents will also learn about campaign fundamentals, including visibility and message, and are encouraged to also take the Fundraising to Win session on Building a Cross-Channel Fundraising Plan.
Not sure which stream your campaign will fit into? Sign up for the course's full offering.
Audience 1: EPC members; constituency presidents; pre-election organizers; campaign managers; and anyone involved in campaign planning for an incumbent or battleground constituency.
Audience 2: EPC members; constituency presidents; pre-election organizers; campaign managers; and anyone involved in campaign planning for a hero non-incumbent constituency.
New Candidate School
Ever thought of running in a provincial election?
This course covers the basics of what to expect as a nominated candidate; the BC NDP nomination process; and a dedicated session on fundraising as a candidate.
Audience: New or returning candidates, EPC chairs, and candidate search committees.
Intro to Volunteering with the BC NDP
New to volunteering for the BC NDP? Want to learn how your role fits in?
This course covers the ins and outs of how BC NDP campaigns run, how specific volunteer tasks fit into the bigger picture, and what tools and materials volunteers can expect to use during a canvass.
Audience: New volunteers; first-time campaigners; and lead constituency and campaign organizers responsible for recruiting, training, and mentoring new and returning volunteers.
Using SQL for Fun and Profit
In this course, learners will write SQL code to query BC NDP databases, extracting meaningful insights and building powerful visualizations.
Attendees will write code with a mind to answering real-world questions on BC NDP datasets.
Audience: Aspiring data analysts of all skill levels.