CLA is the nation’s premier political incubator for minority students. It empowers today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders. In addition to each session’s individual focus, students learn government fundamentals, tried and true lobbying techniques, grassroots mobilization strategies and campaign basics. CLA graduates return home ready to mobilize their community, manage local campaigns and run for political office.GWU_Logo

At George Washington University, Capitol Leadership Academy participants will have the opportunity to explore the subjects of politics and national security in the heart of our nation’s capital. Not only will students meet directly with policymakers and lawmakers, they will make site visits to the U.S. Capitol Building, top think tanks, national monuments and/or the White House.

Guest speakers and workshop sessions will invite students to think critically about issues such as foreign policy, national security legislation and civil liberties.

Students will stay on the beautiful George Washington University campus, located in the heart of Washington DC. Meals are provided* as part of the program.

Local Commuter Option: Local students who reside in the Washington, DC metro area wishing to commute to CLA are eligible for special pricing.  Follow this link to learn more about pricing.