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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.

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Congressional Fellowship

Spend a semester interning for a Member of Congress. Get weekly hands-on training on how to run for office. Come to Washington, DC for an all expenses paid week of intensive leadership training.

Next Step

Running Start alums can take the next step in your political leadership journey with a supportive cohort, intentional mentorship, and opportunities to develop political capabilities. 

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HBCU Women's
Leadership Summit

Learn about how HBCU women can make a difference at the HBCU Women's Leadership Summit! You'll meet other women from across the US, learn from high level mentors, and grow your network

Young Women to Watch Awards

Come to our biggest fundraising event of the year! Support Running Start alums competing to be our Ambassador, learn from Members of Congress, and network with high level professionals! 

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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


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!



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. 


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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