Application open January 15-
Application deadline extended to February 22, 2018!
June 18 – 23, 2018 in Washington, DC
Weeklong program for 60 high school girls
Competitively selected from application nationwide
Intensive training program on how and why to run for office
250+ speakers, trainers, and mentors
Visit to the White House and one-on-one meetings with Members of Congress
Open to young women of all political ideologies
Young Women’s Political Leadership Program (YWPL)
Our flagship program introduces high school girls to the power of political leadership. It includes workshops led by experts about public speaking, networking, fundraising, on-camera media training, and advocacy. Women candidates and elected officials speak about what it is like to run as a young woman, how to get involved on a local level, and why it is important to get more women elected. The goal of the program is to encourage the girls to channel their leadership skills into politics. This program has been held in Washington, DC, since 2007. Over the years, more than 40,000 young women have applied. Other YWPL trainings have been held in California, New York, Michigan, and Sierra Leone.
Dates: June 18 – 23, 2018
Location: Washington, DC
Meals & Housing: Provided
Eligible to Apply: Girls who will be in high school in fall 2018 and 2018 graduates
Application: Click here to apply! (Application open January 15-
February 15, 2018.Application deadline extended to February 22, 2018!)
The $2,000 fee covers a week-long, intensive training program where young women will be introduced to more than 250 speakers, trainers, and mentors. Throughout the week, young women will visit the Capitol, the White House, the house where women organized to fight for the right to vote, and offices in Washington, DC. Housing at a Washington, DC university plus all meals and snacks are included in the cost.
Limited financial assistance is available and we encourage all students to fundraise for their program cost. Find fundraising tips here.
In addition to our general scholarships, The Asia Group has generously provided scholarships for low income Asian American young women.
We are also pleased to announce a scholarship in memory of Chris McGowen, a long-time supporter, mentor, and Running Start Board Member who sadly passed away in 2017. This scholarship is for a low income student from Alabama.