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“Most likely to run for President”? Make sure she does!

(L) Running Start high school student meets her Representative, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). She later interned in the Speaker’s district office. (R) Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR) meets with a group of Running Start high school students.

Do you know a young woman in high school interested in learning about leadership and politics? Or maybe you know a someone who isn’t totally sure about pursuing public office but who wants to make a difference.

Running Start’s nonpartisan High School Program is ideal both for students hungry for leadership training and those who could use a little nudge. Encourage the future leaders in your life to apply by February 15th! (Details below.)

But you don’t have to take our word for it. Read (and listen) about the program at NPR, and learn what real Running Start alums say about their experience:

“My Summer Week Spent In Washington DC With Running Start”

“From Arkansas to Capitol Hill”

“I stood firm and I was powerful.”

“Acceptance, Inclusion, and Following My Passions”

Running Start High School Program 2019

June 17–22, 2019, at Georgetown University in Washington, DC
Learn More / Apply by February 15th: bit.ly/RSHSprogram
Eligibility: Young women who will be in high school in fall 2019 and 2019 graduates.
Cost: $2,000 (Includes housing, meals and snacks, and travel during the program. Scholarships available.)

Program Overview

The week-long, intensive program brings 75 high school women from across the country to Washington, DC. They learn key political skills like networking, messaging, and fundraising, and meet 250+ trainers, speakers, and mentors along the way. Via hands-on workshops, a campaign simulation contest, a trip to Capitol Hill, and more, young women gain the confidence, capabilities, and connections they need to own their voice and lead in politics.

Running Start

Since 2007, Running Start — a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization — has trained more than 15,000 young women to run for political office. Running Start’s long-term mission is political parity. Research shows that when women run they win at the same rates as men, but there aren’t enough women running (just one in four elected leaders are women). Women’s political confidence starts decreasing in early adolescence, so Running Start provides an important intervention at a critical moment. And it works: 80% of its alums seek leadership opportunities and 90% who run for student government win. Running Start trained the youngest-ever elected officials in Washington, DC, Illinois, and West Virginia. Find us online: runningstart.org, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.