Dec. 20, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and
-based nonprofit Running Start announced today that they are now accepting applications from high school girls for five scholarships to attend Running Start's
's Political Leadership program (YWPL) in
February 9, 2013
. Five high school girls who aspire to become political leaders will have the opportunity to attend the conference and get hands-on experience and training to equip them for the rigors of a career in politics – all expenses paid.
All high school girls living within PG&E's Northern and
service area are eligible to apply, and scholarships will be awarded based upon need. Scholarships will cover costs for travel, room and board, and conference registration fees for each awardee. A chaperone will also help scholarship winners navigate the conference.
This is the first time that the utility is collaborating with Running Start to offer these need-based scholarships for Northern and
high school students to help more young women see their place as political leaders in their community and in the world. The 2013 YWPL in
marks the second time the utility has been a program sponsor.
's Political Leadership program in
to inspire high school girls from across the state to pursue careers in politics is outstanding," said Congresswoman
). "Running Start gets it – planting the seed in the minds of young women that we need more women leaders is guaranteed to grow bright young women in public office sooner rather than later. I'm particularly encouraged to know that scholarships will bring
participants to this program, including girls from my district."
In order to apply for a scholarship, interested students should e-mail Running Start at
Monday, January 7
"These scholarships not only provide financial assistance to high school girls who need it; they also further develop the potential of these young women as the future leaders of our state and our nation," said
, Director of Federal Affairs and Political Strategy for PG&E and Running Start board member. "We are proud to work with Running Start to help give young women the knowledge, support, encouragement and inspiration they need to run for an elected position."
The YWPL introduces young women to the power of political leadership and is open to high school girls entering 9th grade through graduating seniors. The
edition of the program will be an intensive, one-day training to take place at the
University of Southern California
Saturday, February 9, 2013
, and will be hosted in conjunction with
's Unruh Institute of Politics, California Women Lead and
's Women's Student Assembly.
The program will provide attendees with skills training – from message development and networking, to fundraising and campaigning 101. Speakers and moderators at past conferences have included members of Congress, young candidates and political operatives from the top of their field.