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September 14, 2009

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September 14, 2009

Running Start Young Women's Political Retreat has been by far the best experience of my life. I was taken into another world. The speakers we had were amazing. I couldn't believe I met people who were from Ivy Leagues or CEO's. And, best of all they were women. Walking around DC was amazing. I was so thrilled to be there and grasp all the education they fed us in the five days. I would for more girls to be able to be part of Running Start. Susannah Shakow, the founder and president makes this program rich. Her presence is delightful. Plus, all the other staff made me and the rest of the girls feel so comfortable. I loved it. I came back home with a heart full of enery and need to live to bigger and better things. Because after Running Start I -know- I will be great and I have many opportunities.

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

leadership and social skills.

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

the extreme boost of confidence that I received through lectures. And, meeting amazing girls accross the country with similar qualities and interests as me.

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

amazing. They were very helpful and fun. They made sure we were all together as a group.

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

establish a Running Start YWPL Retreat evey city they could. They would NOT deny girls based on financial issues. This program doesn't take your money in order to participate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 9, 2009

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September 9, 2009

Running Start is a program I would recommend to any young woman with a budding interest in politics. In mid 2008, a friend of friend alerted me about about a leadership program called Running Start, specifically targeted at young women in high school. Immediately, I jumped at the chance. I remember stressing over my application for several days, and then the nervousness that followed (I was worried because I had submitted my entry so close to the deadline). Even though, at the time, I knew very little about the program, I was desperate to be accepted. But I was shocked when I received a phone call later that week requesting a phone interview. It was brief, and after hanging up I remember over-analyzing my answers, and convincing myself that I had no chance of being accepted. Sure, the website said they would select all kinds of girls from all over; but why would they want me? I lived really far away from D.C., and I wasn't even enrolled in a real high-school (I was home-schooled). But they did accept me, and that was only the beginning. Although the program was short, it definitely changed my life, and helped transform me into the person I am becoming. I had the opportunity to meet girls from all backgrounds, all of us joined by a common interest in our community. All sorts of women came to speak to us, sharing their experiences and preparing us for the future. We attended workshops for public speaking, advocacy, speech writing, and campaigning. Not only did we learn about the women leading us today, but were also reminded of past female heroes - the women who changed history, gaining us rights that we often take for granted. On the third night, we all attended a networking reception, which I consider one of the best parts of the program, because were able to engage in conversation with many influential and admirable people in the D.C. area. But the most memorable event was the night on the town, something I hadn't expected to experience. So far we had spent the entire time on campus, and it was amazing to be able to go out and really see the city. On the last day, we made speeches to our friends and family, talking about the rising issues we felt most passionate about. Running Start changed my life, and I know it's done the same for so many other young women. Thank-you Running Start for giving girls like me the confidence to change the world.

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

Reach out to girls who knew little or nothing about politics. Staff could make presentations at high schools around the nation, educating girls about the importance of political activism.

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

The speakers; I learn best by observing others, and they shared invaluable information, not only useful for the world of politics, but things that will guide me no matter what career I pursue.

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

Generous and compassionate. Everyone at Running Start treated us as equals. Nobody talked AT us, instead they all talked TO us, and actually welcomed feedback, debate, and questions.

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

Help every girl instead of just a select few. Running Start could change the world if they had more funding. Sadly, most of my peers are unaware of all the issues of our community/society. This organization can change everything.

Ways to make it better...

It was longer. Although it was packed with activities and lectures, it would be even more beneficial if it was spread out over a longer period of time. But I completely understand this is due to lack of funds.

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

Funds. Running Start is one of today's most important non-profits, and it needs all the donations/endorsements it can get.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 4, 2009

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September 4, 2009

Coming from an enclosed background, Running Start gave me the exposure to leadership, politics, and networking that I needed. Every asset of my life has been nurtured through the love and faith of the Running Start staff. Giving me reason to want more change in the world, I've grown not an interest, but a passion for politics, something that I've never had before. They've allowed me to see the potential in myself that one day I may be this nation's next Speaker of the House, member of Congress, or even the First Woman President of these United States.I feel that Running Start is an organization that all girls should have the chance to experience, cultivating each seed so that it may bloom and leave a tremendous mark in this world. Running Start has given their all in each and every girl so that we know that there is nothing in the world that we can't do. "To whom much is given, much is required"

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

Change the WORLD as we know it... without a doubt! If we invest in women, we empower the world. Running Start has made it their primary focus to get more women... young women, into politics.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 4, 2009

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September 4, 2009

My experience with Running Start is one that I will never forget. The knowledge that I obtained will always follow me in my life. Being with 50 bright intelligent girls who have accomplished so much was a great inspiration. The five days I spent at Running Start added more fuel to the fire that I have for politics and being involved in my community. I strongly recommend this program to every girl with or without the same passion that I have. Their eyes will be opened and they will meet so many strong woman leaders. Every person left with an inspiration and ready to lead. After attending several leadership conferences this is far the best. Lastly, I would like to thank Running Start for the work they do.

Ways to make it better...

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

do a group activity so we could really put into play of what we are learning.

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

Hard working and most of all friendly. They are all smiles all the time.

Ways to make it better...

it was longer. There was so much that we did every single day, and there is so much more that could be experienced.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 3, 2009

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September 3, 2009

When I landed in DC, I honestly didn't expect much out of the Running Start conference because I had never heard of the nonprofit and also because I didn't have to pay anything to go there. I've been to many leadership conferences in the past, some of them were very expensive, and my experience at Running Start was by far the best. I was able to shake hands with my Congresswoman, give my business card (provided by Running Start) to some of the top women leaders in DC, and listen and learn from the stories of 51 inspirational girls. Those five days ignited a passion for politics in me, and put me on the path towards the Capitol Building. When I become a political leader I will make sure more girls like me are able to attend Running Start so I can continue the cycle of strong young girls becoming powerful politicians.

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

inspire girls all over the world to become politicians.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 2, 2009

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September 2, 2009

As a young woman who has always been interested in politics, Running Start was a major eye-opener. It gave the young ladies with me and myself a chance to see first hand the kind of effects women have had in politics, to give us encouragement for the future. I know because of the ideas and lessons many of us took from Running Start, we will use it to our benefit in the future. Running Start and DC is a start for young women all over interested in politics, no matter who they are.

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

the increased of interest and motivation I have in entering the world of politics. I now have full confidence I can use my sex as a benefit, instead of seeing it as a hinderance.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 2, 2009

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September 2, 2009

Running Start is an amazing organization that provides amazing opportunities for young women! I was a participant in their political leadership program in DC, and the experience has truly changed my way of thinking. The organization provided us with amazing speakers and experiences that included subjects not only of political interest, but also relating to humanitarian work, career-building, and networking. As a young woman, I am proud to say that I support Running Start.

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

Awesome! There were so many kinds of people working on the staff, but each had the goal of empowering young women for the future. It was great to be surrounded by such an ambitious, caring, and persevering group of mentors!

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

change the lives of SO many girls! The feelings generated during this political retreat are irreplaceable. I am still inspired by the 50 girls that I met, and what each of them will be able to do with their life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 2, 2009

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September 2, 2009

Running Start has helped me grow as an individual. I learned more from the 5 days I spent in the retreat than I have my entire life, both about myself and about the people around. I was able to watch as I, along with my fellow participants, become more confident with ourselves. Though we are leaders one way or another, Running Start gave us the extra push we all needed to aim for what we want, regardless of stereotypes and those who make it their business to bring us down. Running Start gave me the opportunity to meet and interact with people whose job involves positive changes using one small act at a time. Running Start makes it possible for us to change the world.

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

my everyday life and not just in the 5 days of the retreat. Everything i learned from this organization, I can take it with me and apply it to anything I decide to do. I don't have to be a politician or be in politics to lead the change.

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

meeting people from various backgrounds who were willing to listen. Be it congresswomen, other nonprofit employees and even the participants who are my age allowed me to learn something for them and vice versa.

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

people who have given me the confidence as a woman to stand up for what I believe in and use that as a tool for change.

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

easily affect change outside the borders of the United States because of the brilliant women behind it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 1, 2009

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September 1, 2009

Working with Running Start has taught me so much about being a leader in my community and pushing beyond my limits. There were so many other phenomenal girls during the Young Women's Political Leadership Program who were excited to have such a great oppurtunity without having to pay. Many girls expressed how unique Running Start is in that it offers a summer program for teenagers but doesn't require thousands of dollars to attend. It thus includes girls from a multitude of different locations, backgrounds, and economic levels. Running Start is a fabulous, inspiring organization that I honestly believe changes girls' lives and encourages more female participation in leadership jobs across the United States.

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

my high school where I am now an editor on the school newspaper, the editor-in-chief of the online fashion magazine, and an active participant in Model UN. The program inspired me to go after leadership postions and explore my options.

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

it connects intelligent, ambitious young women with other girls like them.Some girls said that, back home, they were made fun of for being "nerdy" or of acting "white."At Running Start, however, they felt supported and encouraged to keep being their best

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

amazing, beautiful, inspiring women who encouraged each and every girl at the summer program to live up to her full potential and make a difference in the world.

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

expand and reach out to more young women. Although the summer program includes students from across the country, Running Start could potentially make a huge difference in girls' lives during the school year as well.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 1, 2009

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September 1, 2009

My experience with Running Start was a very positive one to say the least. I participated in the program this summer (2009) and enjoyed every minute of it. The diverse group of girls as well as the helpful staff made my experience an unforgettable one. Moreover, the speakers who presented were outstanding. Not only did heads of non-profits address us, but also Congressmen and people involved in running successful political campaigns. Without a doubt, my experience at Running Start was truly memorable.

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

Washington, DC as a participant.

Ways to make it better...

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

have more speakers come to address the participants.

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

the engaging and stimulating lectures I attended.

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

helpful and reliable.

Ways to make it better...

the program was lengthened.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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