Running Start

Rating: 5 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Women

Location: 5014 Glenbrook Road NW Washington DC 20016 USA

Mission: Running Start is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring young women and girls to run for political office.
Geographic areas served: National
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

This is an exceptional program recommended especially for those girls who have absolutely no idea about politics or anything relating. Being a prime model of the uniformed teenager, I applied for this program without forethought and was accepted. After taking a plane that was provided for and meeting other girls of every platform, the experience began almost immediately. This is a comprehensive program structured for girls ready to take the challenge. The staff are undeniably dedicated and go out of their way to provide every possible amenity. The lectures given by special guests are uplifting and broaden the student's expectations from their government as well as themselves. The president of the program, Susannah, is truly inspirational. Not only did she found the organization from the ground up but she attends it personally alongside the girls whom she generously chooses. After the program has reached its end, the benefit of Susannah's effort to guide the student does not end. Consistent emails and competitions suited to challenge and encourage the students involved in the program are sent for years after the duration of the experience itself. But most importantly, if a student needs anything, any resource, feedback, or counsel-Susannah is always available, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This was truly a milestone in my life. Thank You Running Start for giving 150 percent.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Utilizing the skills I acquired from the experience in another humanitarian competition where my presentation skills outshone many of the other contestants. It was also alleged that two girls sitting in the back were so moved by my speech, they cried.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Include a working project that would bring a single collaborative effort into effect. A speech is lovely but implementing a goal large or small embeds a wider responsibility on the student to be both eloquent in speech and steadfast in action.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The night out, is so much fun and gorgeous. I live in New York City so I don't see a lot of stars or even a clear horizon but that night is unforgettable, good idea with that Running Start.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Hard working, competent, certified, but most of all friendly. They are all smiles all the time.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Put every girl who so desired in office. Of course, that would only occur after extensive training to make the candidate the best she could be.

Ways to make it better...

We could have stayed longer, but you know, there is only so much a budget covers on a free ride, especially with all the good food and activities that are given.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Are choosing the girls. Apparently, at the time of my application admittance 200 hundred girls submitted. Out of the two hundred applications only fifty girls were meticulously chosen, that is hard especially when you want to grant every girl this gift.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Running Start deserves this award. The program they offer is one of a kind, they have such a clear objective and they mold every girl according to her skill and area of choice. You could take my word on it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Wow. Words cannot describe the wonderful experience I encountered this past summer at Running Start. From the speakers to the girls, I can truly say Running Start has been and always be a huge part of my life. Until this day, I am still in touch the the diverse bunch that I met. Over the week we shared, they became more than my "friends,"- they became my sisters. The speakers and staff were also an HUGE asset to the program. They provided us with the incredible amount of knowledge that is needed to power politics. ---On a more lighter note, I must say the food and the dorms were perfect!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people that I encountered.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

From the moment I learned about Running Start I knew I would be interested, after meeting the founders and all of the volunteers I knew I would constantly be inspired. Every woman I've met and every young participant I've encountered has helped me the importance of getting women involved in politics at every level. My time with Running Start has given me some of my greatest moments in DC, and I could not ask a better and more diverse group to be a part of.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Getting good numbers to turnout for their events.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do a few more events where the volunteers could get to know each other. Plan path to politics series in more metro accessible areas.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working so closely with the founders and board members.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very friendly and outgoing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Catch the US up to speed with having as many woman leaders as it deserves, while inspiring more younger woman to be a part of those numbers.

Ways to make it better...

There could be a little bit more clear communication between some board members and volunteers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of staff.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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15 people found this review helpful

Running Start has been the best experience that I have ever had in my life. We went from having dinner on a rooftop to getting down and dirty with a room full of women talking about politics. Not only did I get to stay at American University which is my top choice to go to but I got to meet so many great people. Going to Running Start opened so many doors for me and I actually have an internship right now. Running Start was such an awesome experience and I hope that every lucky girl get to experience it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Not only myself but in every girl that got to participate in the program

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would reach out to a more diverse community and try to have girls from every country in the world have a meeting all in one

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that I got to meet alot of influential women and I enjoyed myself everyday

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so nice and so helpful!! I have to give Special thanks to Jennifer because she was so cute and adorable with all the girls and I actually kept contact with her even after the program.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach out to a bigger group of girls across the country and give this wonderful experience to all the Young political women in the country. The organization could also reach out to foriegn countries.

Ways to make it better...

I would not have been so nervous.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Being non-profit but also the big responsibility of so many girls

One thing I'd also say is that...

I LOVE RUNNING START and wish that I could participate in it every year.

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LCLAA

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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13 people found this review helpful

Running Start has done more than inspire me to consider political office as a career - it has insured that I enthusiastically support young female candidates and has gotten me involved in politics on many levels. I have been lucky enough to find a voice through Running Start and am constantly amazed by the enthusiasm of the Director, volunteers and participants. I am encouraged for our future by what I see at Advisory Board Meetings, fundraisers and programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the girls who attend the Young Leadership Retreat, the women who receive Women 2 Watch Awards and the volunteers who help make it all happen.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I feel like my voice and opinions are respected.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

open to new ideas and excited about the organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do even more to change the world.

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

Rep. Nick J. Rahall, II (WV-3)

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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13 people found this review helpful

Running Start really opened my eyes to the small amount of women in politics compared to the amount of women in the United States. Originally I was not that interested in politics but after this 4 day program I am defintley considering this career knowing that I can make a difference in the world. Listening to speakers, networking with proffesionals in their political field, and creating our my campaign has influenced the way I look at our governement and what career I might want to pursue. I would recommend this program to anyone not only to people who want to be politicians.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their dedication to keeping in touch with all members.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be doing what they are doing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people I have met and the knowlege they have given me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Adults interested in politics or who are in politics, college women interested in politics, and other highschool girls with many different aspirations.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Advertise that more younger women need to be represented in politics.

Ways to make it better...

the leadership camp was more than four days.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Not a lot of people know about this wonderful orginization.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope to someday give back to this organization that really changed my life.

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

Running Start

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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15 people found this review helpful

Even though Running Start has only been around for a little over a year, the group has managed to make a huge difference in the lives of young women across the country. With a staff that consists primarily of volunteers, Running Start not only inspires young women to run for office, but also provides them with the tools to do so.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the 50 high school girls who attended the Young Women's Leadership Retreat and left feeling like they could make a difference in their communities by getting involved in the political process.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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