Trained Volunteers will assist with Running & Winning Event on Sept. 3, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Coronado High School, 7501 E Virginia Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85257.
Over 100 Coronado High School girls made their way to the lecture hall on the morning of Sept. 16, 2014, to meet with 18 elected women officials and 30 volunteer facilitators. This was the culmination of over a year of preparation by a small committee of AAUW Scottsdale Branch and League of Women Voters members. When all participants were assembled, elected officials were briefly introduced and the program for the day reviewed. An elected official and facilitator sat at each table with 6-8 girls. The students asked questions of the officials for about 20 minutes then officials moved to another table. This way, each table got to talk with at least three officials from different levels of government. After lunch the elected officials left and students got down to business creating an issue campaign. This year the topic was the Dream Act. Beautiful posters were created at each table and posted on the wall after a three-minute campaign speech given by at least one of the girls from each table.
Running & Winning is a program created by LWV of New Jersey Education Fund early in the 2000's after several studies showed that high school girls were altogether disenchanted with politics and young women reluctant to run for office without some encouragement. Metro Phoenix LWV has presented the program twice in Scottsdale before this year. LWV of Greater Tucson has put on the program for the past 14 years. It is extremely popular and evaluations from elected officials, students and volunteers indicate this year's Running & Winning was very well received by all!
Special thanks to League members Care Lengel, Kathy Schwartz, Maureen Schmid, Rivko Knox and Barbara Robertson for participating for LWV Metropolitan Phoenix in the event this year.