After three successful years of the Young Elected Legislative Leaders (YELL) retreat, we’re taking the next step to connect the intellect, energy, and expertise of young South Dakota Democrats to campaigns for the state legislature. Let us introduce you to the YELL Fellows program – open to all high school students, college students, and other young professionals.
YELL Fellows are paid campaign leaders who will be trained in professional campaign management & paired with Democratic candidates for state legislature from August, 2016 through November 8th, 2016. Fellows will learn how to craft a campaign plan, draft a budget, raise money, recruit volunteers, target voters with digital campaign tools, and persuade voters through door knocking, phone calling, and direct mail.
Working hand in hand with a Democratic candidate for state legislature, YELL Fellows are going to give campaigns the vital enthusiasm & leadership we need to win. And in so doing, YELL Fellows will change the direction of South Dakota forever.
YELL Fellows will be compensated for their work with either $500 a month for 12 hours per week ($750 total investment), $700 a month for 17 hours per week ($1,050 total investment), or $1000 a month for 25 hours per week ($1,500 total investment). The compensation from candidates will be matched 50-50 by the Majority Project. Because of the 50-50 match, candidates can mentor YELL Fellows with little strain on their campaign budget.
Are you ready to accept the challenge to change South Dakota politics for the better? Please fill out the form directly below if you are a student seeking to be matched with a candidate and the second form if you are seeking a student to help with your campaign: