A banner year for NLC -- and it's only May!

A banner year for NLC -- and it's only May!

It’s been an incredible few months for the New Leaders Council community! Nearly 20 NLC alumni have celebrated primary or special election victories -- a 75% win rate -- with almost a dozen advancing to this November's general election. NLC alumni have taken policy to the next level, introducing two ongoing series in The New Leader on student loan and criminal justice reform. And, the NLC Institute will soon graduate nearly 900 new NLC Fellows from our training program.

2018 is a banner year for NLC. Check out more from these updates from the #NLCFamily!

NLC Family candidates celebrate huge wins from city council to Congressional races

Election Victories: 
Jerell Blakeley, Trenton, NJ City Council (NLC New Jersey '16)
Sandra Cano, Rhode Island State Senate, District 8 (NLC Rhode Island '14)
Royce Duplessis, Louisiana State Representative, District 93 (NLC Louisiana '14)
Antwan Thomas Lang, Chatham County, GA Board of Elections (NLC Atlanta '18)
Lonnell Matthews, Davidson County Juvenile Court Clerk (NLC Nashville '13)
Asia Norton, Newark, NJ School Board (NLC New Jersey '17)
Uduak-Joe Ntuk, Long Beach College Board (NLC Los Angeles '10)
Tabetha Wilson, Albany City School Board (NLC Capital District NY '17)

Primary Victories:
James Craig, Pennsylvania State Senate District 46 (NLC Pittsburgh '16)
Da'Quan Love, North Carolina State House District 4 (NLC North Carolina '18)
Christian Motley, Lexington City Council, District 8 (NLC Kentucky Chapter Director)
Scott J.  Packer, Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors, District 4 (NLC Omaha '16) 
Josie Raymond, Kentucky State Representative, District 31 (NLC Kentucky '17) 
Erik Servellon, Learning Community Council, Sub-Council 5 (NLC Omaha '18) 
Justin Slaughter, Illinois State Representative, District 27 (NLC Chicago) 
Lauren Underwood, U.S. House of Representative, IL-14 (NLC Washington DC '14)
Veronica Vasquez, Bexar County, TX Probate Court #2 (NLC San Antonio)
Austin P. Vowels, Henderson, KY City Commission (NLC Kentucky '13)
Nikema Williams, Georgia State Senate District 39 (NLC Atlanta '17)

The 2018 NLC Institute comes to a close

NLC Institute

NLC Chapters across the country are hosting their final Institute weekends and moving into hosting their Chapter Fundraisers. From coast to coast, NLC has trained nearly 900 progressive young professionals this year. This year's class was our largest and most dynamic yet, and we're thrilled to see what they accomplish in their communities. 

Here's a snapshot of the NLC Institute & Programs -- by the numbers since January:

219 Institute Weekends
438 Days of Core Programming
1,752 Training Sessions
20,148 Meals 
231 Local Board Meetings
95 Community & Alumni Engagement events
85 Training Calls
7 Capital Days

Trending on The New Leader

The New Leader (TNL) is NLC's policy and politics journal. Since it's launch last year, TNL has featured dozens of pieces authored by NLC alumni addressing policy and reforms. TNL authors are currently running two series addressing the weight of student loans on the millennial generation and criminal justice reforms needed to make our country more fair for all. 

Check out A Trillion Dollar Anchor: The Weigh of Student Loan Debt on the Millennial Generation here. 

Check out The Arc of Justice: Addressing Criminal Justice Reforms here. 

Additionally, here are some of the top pieces featured in TNL this year.

Cyntoia Brown & the Child Sentencing Factory by Eric Brown, NLC Nashville. Read it here. 
West Virginia and the Rising Tides by Gabriel Tanglao, NLC New Jersey.  Read it here. 
National School Walkouts: The day the students became the teachers by Karen Pandy-Cherry, NLC Broward. Read it here. 
Certain Unalienable Rights? Not in Trump’s America.. Or Obama’s by Amina Spahic, NLC Tampa Bay. Read it here.  
Supreme Court Hears Major Challenge to Public Sector Unions by David Bander, NLC New Jersey. Read it here. 

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