TORCH: The Academy of Politics is an education leadership training designed for aspiring candidates, campaign staff, and education advocates to learn what it takes to run a successful electoral campaign and transform the power structures in the Baton Rouge education ecosystem.

Become The Next Generation Of Political Leaders

The Baton Rouge Alliance for Students Action seeks individuals dedicated to the Baton Rouge community who believe all children deserve access to excellent public education and are eager to become more involved.

This Program is for You...


Are you interested in running for local office?

Have you thought about working on a campaign?

Have you worked on campaigns but want to learn how to be more effective?

Do you want to be a candidate who runs on a strong student-centered agenda?

Program Structure & Expectations

TORCH participants commit to completing an intensive, seven-month training program. The in-person sessions will require full engagement, attendance at all sessions, and completing assignments. Written work may include surveys, assessments, and other tasks.

Participants will have access to a digital resource library, which will include a wide range of materials, as well as the opportunity to participate in ongoing advocacy and electoral activities with the Baton Rouge Alliance for Students Action.

Module Information & Overview*

The Bootcamp will take place over the course of seven months. Participants are expected to attend all sessions for their full duration. Sessions include:

  • Campaign Messaging
  • Building a Campaign Plan
  • Campaign Finance & Fundraising
  • Data & Technology Utilization

*Modules are tentative and subject to change

Application Window

February 1, 2023 – February 24, 2023, by 5:00 PM.

The window for applications is now closed.

Selected participants will be notified by March 1, 2023, of their acceptance into the TORCH program.