Making Democracy Work

Running & Winning Workshop

Women in Politics

Running and Winning Workshop

The photographs of the groups of young women along with local Elected Officials shown throughout this description of the Running & Winning Workshop are the participants of the 2016 Workshop. This Workshop took place on November 2, 2016 at the Cape May County Technical School Auditorium. These students are from various High Schools in Cape May County. The students performed their election roles with great confidence and energy.

2016 ELECTED OFFICIAL PARTICIPANTS-TOP ROW

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT

  • M. SUSAN SHEPPARD, ESQ. CAPE MAY COUNTY SURROGATE

  • RITA MARIE FULGINETTI, CAPE MAY COUNTY CLERK

  • SUZANNE WALTERS, MAYOR BOROUGH OF STONE HARBOR

  • E. MARIE HAYES, CAPE MAY COUNTY FREEHOLDER

  • JOYCE GOULD, COMMISSIONER WILDWOOD CREST

  • DR. NANCY HUDANICH, PRESIDENT AVALON BOROUGH COUNCIL

2016 MIDDLE TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS-BOTTOM ROW

The Workshop was catered by the students of the Cape May County Technical School who provided breakfast and lunch to the participants. The professionalism shown by these students in hospitality education was impressive. The food was wonderful and the service was excellent. The League of Women Voters of Cape May County would like to thank all the teachers and students who assisted in the success of the November 2, 2016 Running & Winning Workshop.

Wildwood High School

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2016 WILDWOOD HIGH SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS-BOTTOM ROW

One of the ongoing projects of the League of Women Voters of Cape May County is The Running & Winning Workshop that brings together young women from all high schools in the county for an active political experience. Working in small groups with students from other schools, they have the opportunity to interview local female elected officials, learning about their experiences in seeking and holding public office. Afterwards, each small group gets to work planning a campaign, analyzing issues, designing publicity, and writing and delivering a campaign speech.

Objectives:

  • Encourage young women to consider politics as a possible arena for their talents and to see themselves as leaders.
  • Introduce the concept of networking and provide the opportunity to network with women officeholders and girls from other backgrounds.

Cape May County Tech High School

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2016 CAPE MAY COUNTY TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS-BOTTOM ROW

  • Use interactive role-playing and team learning to reinforce abilities and self-worth.

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2016 WILDWOOD CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS-BOTTOM ROW

  • Young women will have enhanced self-esteem and more confidence in their leadership skills. This workshop will build on the good communication and mediation skills girls usually have.
  • Participants will gain an understanding and appreciation of public service. They will see politics as a possible career, whether as an elected official or as part of a campaign.
  • Students will learn the value of networking and initiate contacts with peers and adults.
  • At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be awarded a certificate of recognition, a valuable credential for college and employment applications.

Lower Cape May Regional High School

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2016 LOWER CAPE MAY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS-BOTTOM ROW

Methodology:

  • The workshop is based on Running and Winning: Getting Started, developed by the League of Women Voters Education Fund, expanding the role of the facilitators and adding relevant historical information about women in politics to the participant's materials.
  • Trained facilitators will guide small groups in interviewing the politicians. They will also involve the girls in role-playing and cooperative learning to plan and conduct a mock campaign.
  • The officials will relate their personal experiences in seeking and holding public office.
  • The girls will explore a variety of ways they might contribute to the political system. In the campaign exercise, they will select an issue and a position on it, devise a slogan and make a poster, then write and deliver a campaign speech.

Ocean City High School

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2016 OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS-BOTTOM ROW

Target:

  • Participants are young women who are high school juniors and seniors recruited from the following schools: Lower Cape May Regional, Wildwood High, Wildwood Catholic, Middle Township, Ocean City, Cape May Technical Center, Cape Christian Academy and Cape Educational COMPACT .
  • All elected female officials from Cape May County have been invited to participate.

  • Members of the League of Women Voters will be the hosts and facilitating the interviews and campaign exercise.