Progressive Leaders Gather For Oklahoma's Inaugural New Leaders Council Training Institute

Progressive Leaders Gather For Oklahoma's Inaugural New Leaders Council Training Institute

As nation faces a government shutdown and a budget crisis looms in Oklahoma, new initiative launches to train progressive millennial activists



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - New Leaders Council Oklahoma, the state chapter of the nation’s leading organization for progressive millennial leaders and skills training, held the first day of their inaugural training institute Saturday.

The two-day program, held Saturday and Sunday, is part of a six month-long training program being held across the state. Fifteen fellows were selected for the 2018 class, which will include trainings in entrepreneurship, fundraising, and marketing and communications. Over the course of the program, the fellows will be assigned a mentor and will complete an Oklahoma-based capstone project.

“We’re excited to have some of the brightest minds in the state participate in our institute,” NLC Oklahoma co-chair Bailey Perkins said. “Our 2018 class of fellows is truly exceptional. Our board has worked hard over the last year to put together the institute and we’re excited to see it come to fruition.”

The training institute launches amid a budgetary crisis in Oklahoma and a U.S. federal government shutdown -- examples of the type of issues the organization hopes the network of progressive change-makers they are training will help address.

“For too long the men and women elected to lead our nation and our state have let their constituents down,” NLC Oklahoma co-chair Ashten Hughes said. “Across the state and nation, people are beginning to take a stand to say, ‘no more’. People are contacting their elected officials, volunteering for local and state campaigns, and running for office themselves in record numbers. Our program will train these budding leaders to have the skill-sets they need to affect change.”

Once the inaugural class of fellows completes the Institute in June 2018, they will join NLC’s robust alumni network of nearly 6,000 changemakers nationwide.

For a full list of this year’s Oklahoma fellows, click here.




New Leaders Council (NLC) is a 501(c)(3) and is the leading training program for progressive Millennials. NLC equips our leaders with the skills to run for office, manage campaigns, create start-ups and networks of thought leaders. NLC leaders take their activism back into their communities and workplaces to impact progressive change.

NLC has 50 chapters across the country in red and blue states with nearly 6,000 alumni. NLC is a true reflection of the Millennial generation with 57 percent of our NLC community as non-white and 53 percent women. NLC is one of the few organizations focused on building a new governing coalition.

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