06. January 2023 · Comments Off on DNC BPI Newsletter January 2023 · Categories: Announcements, Committee News

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Hello Democrats,  

Happy New Year! We hope you were able to rest and unwind over the holidays, and are refreshed for the year ahead. 
This month’s newsletter includes an Activist Challenge with great New Year’s Resolutions to guide our 2023 organizing goals. We have also included a Spotlight training, meant to highlight skills key to this moment in the campaign cycle to give you a leg up in making sure your on the ground infrastructure is strong. 
We are looking forward to all we will achieve together in training this year!

Best Practices Institute Team


January Activist Challenge

Happy New Year! We’ve celebrated victories, reflected on challenges, and joined together to ring in 2023. Now, it’s time to look at what we can accomplish as we launch into the year ahead. Have you set your 2023 New Year’s resolutions?

Our monthly Activist Challenge is designed to build infrastructure for Democratic campaigns and organizations through grassroots engagement. Are you ready to accept the challenge, and help elect Democrats up and down the ballot? For January’s Activist Challenge, we are challenging our #BPItraining family to set (and stick to!) Democratic New Year’s resolutions. 

Check out the list below for inspiration or let us know what resolution you’ve set for yourself: 

  • Register 25 new voters before the year ends
  • Join at least one Day of Action per quarter
  • Practice relational organizing; invite 5 friends to a volunteering event
  • Identify all the seats up for election in your county in 2023
  • Partner with a local organization or plan a Democrats Care service event 
  • Sign-up for the BPI Victory Vault for on-demand training resources, tailored towards activists, volunteers, entry-level staff, and candidates! 

Once you’ve chosen your resolution and completed the challenge, create a post on social media that includes the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your state or territory 
  • What is your 2023 Democratic New Year’s resolution?
  • The hashtag “#BPItraining” and “#ChallengeAccepted”
  • And don’t forget to tag “@TheDemocrats

January Spotlight Training

Our dedicated Spotlight Training portion of the BPI Newsletter highlights specific trainings that cover skills and concepts that are core to our work and we hope that you to revisit those trainings in our BPI Victory Vault throughout the year. The trainings spotlighted in each month’s challenge will correlate to skill building that we believe is most relevant to the timeframe in which it is recommended, allowing participants to put their new knowledge to work right away. 

After reviewing these “spotlight” trainings, we will encourage you to share and implement what you have learned within your local Democratic organizations and groups.

Spotlight Training: Telling Your Personal Story
Review our “Telling Your Personal Story” worksheet to hone your personal story telling, which is one of the most foundational of organizing skills, that will get you ready for volunteer recruitment, voter contact, and so much more

  • To access this training, sign up for our BPI Victory Vault (new members added each Wednesday). If you are already a member and need a refresher on how to access the BPI Victory Vault, review our instructions.
  • Once in the Victory Vault, find the slide deck by searching for the title, “OTW Personal Story
  • After reviewing the slide deck, use the corresponding Telling Your Personal Story worksheet to practice.
    • Print the Telling Your Personal Story Worksheet
    • Practice with the following scenarios:
      • VOTING: tell a potential voter why you are supporting a specific issues or candidate.
      • VOLUNTEERING: ask a fellow Democrat to join you in volunteering at the next canvass and tell them why you’re participating.
    • You’re ready to get out in the field and start using your personal story!

BPI Victory Vault

The BPI Victory Vault contains on-demand training resources, tailored toward volunteers, community organizers, activists, and campaigns, which cover a variety of grassroots organizing skills. The BPI Victory Vault continues to grow, with new additions added periodically as resources become available. New members are added each Wednesday, and you must use a gmail account to register in order to access the BPI Victory Vault Google Drive folder. Check out our BPI Victory Vault instructions if you have trouble accessing the BPI Victory Vault once you receive your email invitation.

The BPI Victory Vault resources are meant for educational purposes only. BPI Victory Vault materials are not downloadable or shareable. Any individual interested in viewing the BPI Victory Vault resources must complete the application in order to request access. We reserve the right to remove individuals from any and all BPI resources in the event of inappropriate use.


We are hiring!

We are hiring here at the Best Practices Institute! If you know someone who would be a great candidate to join the team as the Best Practices Institute’s Associate, have them apply with their resume HERE.


Best Practices Institute

The Best Practices Institute (BPI) is the shared training department of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Association of State Democratic Committees (ASDC). The BPI delivers training to activists and volunteers, party leaders and staff, students and youth organizers, candidates and campaign staff, constituency caucus members and community leaders, and so many more! 

BPI training topics range from field organizing to digital mobilization, data to finance, communications to compliance, and leadership development to movement building, just to name a few.

Through this vast expansion of training programs, the new BPI is building and strengthening the Democratic Party infrastructure to ensure success for years to come!


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  • Check us out on social media by searching #BPItraining– and don’t forget to tag us in all of your training and volunteer activities! 
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Happy Training! 

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