Running Start

Rating: 5 stars   29 reviews


5014 Glenbrook Road NW Washington DC 20016 USA


Running Start is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring young women and girls to run for political office.

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I participated in the Running Start young womens political program 2009. I had an amazing time. Running Start has inspired me!

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

their constant devotion to the enrichment of young women's lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

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Rating: 5 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

I can not say enough about Running Start. My daughter attended the program in the summer before her junior year('07). It provided her with the confidence and leadership skills to try things she would have never done before. She was able to run a successful campaign for Young Dems and has gone on to participate in numerous activities through the information and emails that she receives from Running Start. She plans on continuing her relationship with Running Start when she is in college and this alone is a testament to the invaluable experience it affords young women.I know that my daughter plans on writing a review with more specifics details but I did want to encourage the "powers to be" to provide Running Start with whatever it needs to continue The Young Women's Leadership Program. Thank you.

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

My daughter's ability to take risks that she might have otherwise being unwilling to "put herself out there" in a high school setting. I think it is so important to find a place where our daughters can be successful.

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

this may be something that has been done and I am not aware of it but I would try to get an article(s) into the local papers or even magazines so that the word is spread about the leadership retreat for high school girls

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

Watching my daughter's excitement over the different ways she can participate in the programs. She wants to do it all but scheduling time and getting school work completed becomes a balancing act.

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

The staff and volunteers were always positive in their interactions with the girls.

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

run so many programs, bring in so many speakers, have girls connect with so many mentors.,etc. It is doing a fantastic job with what it has - more money would just mean more of the same.

Ways to make it better...

some of the seminars were on weekends. This is really more of a personal issue but my daughter kept wanting to skip school to attend the "Pathway to Politics" meetings. I realize that scheduling with high school students is very difficult so this is not a realistic request.

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

finding the funds to continue all the programs that are now in place and to be able to grow over time. I think it takes alot of time and energy to run a successful organization and also do the fund raising to keep it going.

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

Susannah Shakow has done an inspirational job at providing support for the next generation of leaders.

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