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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.