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The organizers: Swati Mylavarapu, Ravi Gupta, and Kate Catherall
The mission: To inspire and train civic leaders at their quarterly summits and through building progressive communities — online and off.
The story: Faced with the fear and confusion of his students after the 2016 election, Ravi Gupta needed a way to bring young progressives together to mourn and organize. The first Arena Summit took place just one month later and brought together more than 450 energized people from 32 states, more than 150 of whom pledged to run for office.
The latest: Currently on their fifth summit, the Arena is on track to train more than 5,000 activists by the end of 2018. They’ve also launched their Spotlight program, which has already brought attention to activist and non-profit leaders doing work that matters.