Applications for YWPL 2014 have closed.

All students will be notified of their acceptance status by March 3rd.

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 2014.  We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization encouraging girls to lead from every background and ideology.

Learn about YWPL 2012 here!

 The YPWL Program

On Camera Media Training

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 and hopes to continue that partnership in 2014.

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For 2014, we are partnering with IGNITE, an organization with California and Texas chapters that works within communities ” to build young women’s political ambition and train them to run for office.”

Logistics

ScheduleYWPL 2014: Proposed Agenda

When: July 7-13, 2014

Location: YWPL will be held at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Program instruction will be held in Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, hosted by their Executive Education Program and housing will be provided at the Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center, located right next to the School of Business.

Meals: provided.

Application process: Applications will be open from early January 2014 through February 14, 2014. Special extension: applications are now open until February 21, 2014. The program is open to high school girls entering 9th grade through those who will have just graduated in 2014.  All students will be notified of their acceptance status by March 3.

Program Cost

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.