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High School Program

Join us for an intensive summer training where you will participate in a campaign simulation, learn from high-level political mentors, and meet with Members of Congress.

Elect Her

Participate in a one-day workshop to learn how to run for student government and political office. Find an upcoming workshop or help to plan one for your school or community.

Congressional Fellowship

Spend a semester interning for a Congresswoman in Washington, DC. Get weekly hands-on training on how to run for office. Receive free housing and a stipend.

Join us for the HBCU Women's Leadership Summit

On November 10th and 11th, we will be welcoming HBCU leaders from across the country to Washington, DC. During this two day summit, participants will develop the confidence, capabilities and capabilities they need to run for office on their campus and in their communities.

Our Approach

Running Start is preparing you to join the next generation of political leaders by inspiring and training young women to run for elected office. Our programs focus on -

Confidence: You’ll discover that leadership skills can be learned. You have peers who are just as interested in running for office as you are. You’ll meet people just like you who’ve run and won!

Capabilities: You’ll practice campaign skills taught by top operatives and experts who’ll share lessons from their real work in the field. You’ll participate in a campaign simulation where your new tools will be put to the test. 

Connections: You’ll meet new friends and mentors. Long after the program has ended, Running Start will offer you continued connections to our 20,000+ alums online.

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Running Start is a nonpartisan nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

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