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Running Start’s Young Women’s Political Leadership Program (YWPL) introduces high school girls to the power of political leadership. The program is open to high school girls entering 9th grade through those who will have just graduated in 2015. We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization encouraging girls to lead from every background and ideology.
The YPWL Program
Our flagship program introduces 50 high school girls to the power of political leadership. This six-day retreat includes workshops led by experts in the field on public speaking, networking, fundraising, on-camera media training, and advocacy. Young women candidates and elected officials speak to the girls about what it is like to run as a young woman, how to get involved on a local level, and why they feel it is important to get more women elected. The goal of the program is to encourage the girls to channel their leadership into politics.
This program has been held in Washington, DC, since 2007 and is the flagship program of Running Start. In spring 2009, Running Start received 30,000 applications for this program and since then has expanded the program to regional programs around the country including trainings in California, New York, and Michigan. In early December 2013, Running Start also trained in Sierra Leone.
When: July 6-12, 2015
Location: YWPL will be held at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
Application process: Applications will be open from January 15, 2015 through February 15, 2015. The program is open to high school girls entering 9th grade through those who will have just graduated in summer 2015. All students will be notified of their acceptance status by March 1st.
The $1750 fee covers room and board at Georgetown University as well as our week of speakers, panels, mini field trips, and more! Limited financial assistance is available, and we encourage all students to fundraise for their program cost. We will also work with applicants on a one-on-one basis to plan fundraising strategies and try to connect each applicant with potential donors in her area who have provided program scholarships in the past. Find fundraising tips here.
In addition to our general scholarships, The Asia Group proudly supports need-based scholarships for a select number of Asian American young women interested in political leadership. The young women who receive these scholarships will help address the particular underrepresentation of Asian American women in politics. To apply, Asian American applicants must answer both the general financial aid question and another essay question specific to The Asia Group Scholarship.