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Running Start
September 2, 2009

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.

The Great!

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I presented a political speech while working in conjunction with other girls from across the country.