Tag Archives: Running & Winning

League of Women Voters Workshop Inspires Future Female Leaders

The League of Women Voters of Burlington County became the 5th local League to hold the Running & Winning Workshop, joining Camden, the Greater Red Bank Area, Mountain Lakes, and Cape May. “Running & Winning”, a workshop these local Leagues hold annually or every other year, is an amazing day-long League program that encourages high school girls to consider a political career.

Participants are given the opportunity to interview female elected officials and female political operatives. The young women also participate in a mock campaign that involves working in teams to research and take a position on a policy issue, design campaign slogans, and deliver a speech.

Watch the video below to see the girls’ reactions to the Burlington County program.

(Thank you to the Alice Paul Institute for providing this video and for cosponsoring the workshop with the League of Women Voters of Burlington County.)

The League of Women Voters of Camden County recently held their 13th Running & Winning Workshop at Cherry Hill East. The young women there created a campaign to run for a Board of Education seat and were asked to address school bullying. In a recent interview about the program, League of Women Voters of Camden County President Harriet Snyder said, “the day’s activities gave the young students a real voice in today’s society. In a culture where women wait to be asked to do something the group focuses on empowering women to have their voices heard.”

This week at Cape May County Tech School, the League of Women Voters of Cape May County will hold their Running & Winning Workshop. Juniors and Seniors are invited from every high school in the county. The young women will run for Mayor and work in teams to design campaign platforms on an issue of their choosing. You can see pictures from a past Cape May County Running & Winning here.

This Friday, the League of Women Voters of the Greater Red Bank Area will hold its 6th Running & Winning Workshop. You can see photos of past events here. Greater Red Bank Area League member Barbara Goldstein shared, “The League of Women Voters of the Greater Red Bank Area and our co-sponsors – Red Bank Chapter of Hadassah, AAUW- Northern Monmouth County Branch, and Junior League of Monmouth County – are looking forward to our 6th annual Running and Winning Workshop. We anticipate that the 64 high school junior young women and 12 teachers from 11 local high schools will enjoy meeting and interviewing a variety of Women in Government and then as groups developing and presenting campaign speeches related to this years’ topic, FOOD RIGHTS…who chooses what we eat in school.”

The League of Women Voters of Mountain Lakes holds its workshop every other year and is busy planning for next spring.

Start Your Own Running and Winning Program

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey has created a step-by-step guide to planning and running the workshop. It includes letter templates to invite female elected officials and political operatives, “issue papers” for the young women to use to create their campaigns, and more. The Running & Winning Workshop has become so popular that Leagues and organizations in other states have requested the toolkit to kick start their own programs.

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey is eager to expand this valuable and inspirational program to more areas around the state so that even more young women will begin to consider a career in politics and is offering $500 of seed funding.  Funding from the Fund for New Jersey has made it possible to expand this inspirational and important program.

If you or your organization is interested in partnering with the League to start a Running & Winning program in your area please contact Jesse Burns, LWVNJ Director of Communications and Projects at jburns@lwvnj.org.

 

Education: Accountability in a New Landscape

Join the League of Women Voters of New Jersey for a lively panel discussion examining accountability in traditional public schools and charter schools. New Jersey education experts will discuss, debate, and offer insight into current education policy trends. Panelists are sure to touch on many current education topics including tenure and teacher evaluation, charter school authorization, and others as they discuss their ideas for education reform.

When: Saturday, September 24, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Where: PSEG Training Center, 234 Pierson Ave, Edison, NJ

Register: The registration deadline is this Friday, September 16th! Learn more about the event and register online!

This panel discussion will be moderated by John Mooney, education reporter and founding editor of NJSpotlight.com. There will be plenty of time for questions!

Panelists include:

Dr. Rosemary Knab, Associate Director, NJEA Research and Economic Services

Dr. Brian Osborne, Superientendent of Schools, South Orange & Maplewood

Dr. Julia Sass Rubin, Association Professor at Edward J. Bloustein School and one of the founding members of Save our Schools NJ

Dr. Alan R. Sadovnik, Professor of Education, Sociology, and Public Affairs and co-director of the Institute on Education Law and Policy and Newark Schools Research Collaborative, Rutgers University-Newark.

Workshops

In the afternoon, we will hold skill-building workshops. This year you have the opportunity to attend either

Moderator Training

An experienced trainer and moderator will teach you your responsibilities, including our updated procedures, using a manual and role-playing. This workshop is a double session precluding attendence at any other.

or two of the following workshops:

Effective Lobbying

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey is strengthening our Lobby Corps!    Are you interested in learning how you can be a part of our advocacy efforts, take on a leadership role in the League, and make a positive difference? Join longtime League lobbyist Sandy Matsen to learn effective lobbying techniques.

Membership and Leadership Development

This year, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey is participating in a national initiative aimed at increasing membership! Come learn how your local League can benefit from the best practices our state membership coaches have learned from LWVUS.

Starting a “Running & Winning” Workshop

Come learn how you can start this popular program that introduces high school girls in your community to public service. This is a wonderful way to engage your members and gain new members. The League of Women Voters of New Jersey even has resources and money to help your local League kick off this program!

BrandRaising: Marketing the League

For-profit companies invest significantly in marketing and communications in order to build their customer base and raise awareness. Traditionally, nonprofits have not used marketing strategies and tools in the same way…but should! Come learn how the League can use these proven techniques and tools (like social media) to raise funds, improve outreach, and increase visibility!

Register by Friday, September 16th to avoid the late fee!

More than an Internship

The following is the first in a series highlighting members of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey.

When Lauren Fisher accepted an internship with the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, her interests in women’s studies and politics were just beginning to develop. The League provided her with an opportunity to combine all of her interests and expand her knowledge even further. Throughout her time at the League, Lauren was exposed to many different aspects of nonprofit work. Speaking about her experiences at the League, Lauren says:

“I got to know the New Jersey political scene, and for the first time, I actually felt knowledgeable about policies that were being introduced in the State House. Initially I was unsure as to how that type of internship would relate to my career goals, but the experience has actually helped to shape my endeavors.”

Through her internship with the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, Lauren was able to gain a unique experience that contributed greatly to her life. Her background in women’s studies and politics allowed her to give back to the League through various projects including improving and working to expand the League’s Running & Winning Workshop, a popular program that encourages young women to consider a political career.  When asked why others should get involved with the League, Lauren says:

“The LWVNJ is a mobilizing organization.  Not only does it get its members, along with others, to participate in protests or advocacy events, but it also promotes female involvement in politics.  The values of the LWVNJ are not geared toward a certain political party, which is refreshing since party loyalty does not interfere with what the League advocates for.”

Along with the League’s nonpartisan stance, educating and encouraging the public to actively participate are important aspects of its mission. On voting, Lauren says:

“It is one of the main ways one can actively participate in government.  It demands that the voter be—at the very least—somewhat in touch with what the candidates stand for, and how they will handle issues currently facing the US.  I think for women, voting is especially important because it’s a right we did not always have.  We weren’t a part of the segment of society that had a say in who would be in charge.  Actively participating in government also gives people a chance to voice disapproval, advocate, and to stand up for what they believe in.”

As Lauren notes, women were not always able to freely vote for who would govern over them. Women’s history is a valuable piece of the League and it continues to encourage their right to actively participate in government. Younger generations of women and men are included in this population and therefore should seek opportunities that will enhance their education, just as Lauren has done. Speaking of the importance of young men and women to become involved with the League, Lauren says:

“I think it is definitely important for women and men to become involved with the LWVNJ and organizations like it.  Men’s involvement in organizations that promote women in politics is important for developing a vital partnership and mutual respect.  Also, as more people get involved in organizations that are politically active, then there is a stronger force against bad policies or rather, for good policies.  Younger generations need to get involved so as not to turn into complacent voters who side with whoever their friends are voting for, and also to promote political action to people they know, people younger than them and even people older than them.”