Running Start has to be one of the best discoveries I have made doing school work (well beyond tools that directly help me to do my school work better). A few years back I did a graduate certificate in PACs and Political Management and in my PAC class we had to do a project about a PAC sector and of course I choose Women’s PACs 🙂 While researching Women’s PACs, I learned about WUFPAC (Women Under Forty PAC) and from their website I saw a link to this program and when I clicked over I just KNEW I had to get involved with this organization (I mean here was an organization that was working to increase the number of women in politics by catching women early when they were teenagers! I said to myself, “I am all about increasing the number of women in politics!” Then there was the whole why didn’t they have this when I was a teen…maybe I would be running for office instead of wanting to run campaigns/encouraging other women to run ;)) Anyways…I say all of this to share that this month’s Double-Latte selection is Running Start!
Running Start Programs
So Running Start has so many great programs (they are so great every time I get the emails I think to myself oh things I miss about living in DC). Their most frequent program is their Path to Politics program. Basically, each month they have a different event about an aspect of running for office tailored towards young women professionals. One of their newer programs, is the Star Fellowship that encourages college aged women to intern on Capital Hill. This program pays (its a stipend) you to intern on Capital Hill (FYI- that doesn’t happen much & I’ve interned on Capital Hill). There are other programs I could share but I couldn’t talk about Running Start without sharing their Young Women’s Political Training Program. I have been honored to assist with this program on a small level twice and the young women that come into this program are an inspiration to me (you can read a bit more about my reflections & quick information about the program here).
About Running Start (from their website)
Founded in early 2007, Running Start grew out of the non-partisan Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC), which financially supports young women running for federal office. Running Start was formed when it became clear that the pool of young women considering careers in politics and running for elected office was far too small. Young women and girls need to be educated about politics earlier in life if the make-up of the political leaders in our country is to transform. We must instill in the next generation that public service is admirable and achievable. Running Start provides young women and girls with the skills and confidence they need to become the political leaders of tomorrow.
Running Start supports the young women who will shape tomorrow’s world. We aim to plant the seed of interest in politics so that they will run earlier, climb higher through leadership, and share more in the decision making power of their country. These young women will bring in new ideas to help solve old problems, and will raise issues unique to their lives that have otherwise been overlooked in politics.