The Institute

The NLC Institute is the leading professional development program for rising generational progressive leaders across the country. Each of NLC's 50 chapters selects up to 20 leaders to attend the NLC Institute held annually from January through June in their local city or state. 

Chapters are focused on creating a strong NLC Family that serves as a support system and community both professionally and personally for the Fellows and NLC Alumni. One of NLC's greatest assets is the personal and professional network created through the Fellowship. NLC provides a mix of educational, professional, and social opportunities across the country.

Meeting for one weekend during the Institute, NLC Fellows learn from volunteer faculty - experts in fundraising, new media, communication strategy, campaign management, policy, and more. The Institute Curriculum trains Fellows in the skills needed to run for public office, start a non-profit, launch a business, or make progressive impact in their community. 

In addition to the standardized national curriculum, each chapter tailors its Institute experience and training to the needs of the local community. What may be a pressing issue for one chapter may not apply to others, and the flexibility to address local issues is a core part of the NLC mission.

Because of NLC’s commitment to recruiting and training outside of traditional power structures, the NLC Institute comes at no cost for all Fellows. This commitment is made possible by the support of NLC chapters, alumni and others from the progressive community.