A Project of the Eagleton Institute of Politics’ Youth Political Participation Program & the League of Women Voters of New Jersey’s Young People’s Network
In the spring of 2016, the Eagleton Institute of Politics’ Youth Political Participation Program and the League of Women Voters of New Jersey’s Young People’s Network joined together to pilot the initiative RU Running? – a training for politically interested college students considering running for public office. RU Running? builds upon the expertise and experience of both organizations and promises to be a model for colleges and universities throughout New Jersey and nationwide.
• Connects student participants with young adults holding elected public office
• Raises awareness on how to access the political party system and the basics of campaigns
• Offers opportunities for students to put what they were learning into practice
Students offered positive feedback from the pilot:
• Most felt either “somewhat” (40%) or “very” confident (30%) in their ability to run for office after the session
• Most felt either “somewhat” (45%) or “very” (25%) familiar with New Jersey’s party system
One wrote that the session was “really well done” and another wrote, “Great workshop, wish there was more time to do all the various activities, great guest list and speakers”.
Another student commented on the impact of the session,
“I had a lot of fun, I never realized how easy it was to get involved with local politics. I would love to come again to learn about getting involved with appointed office and state and national offices. The information by Ingrid about the informal and formal political party system was eye opening and gave me more insight on how to become part of the system.”
RU Running? even received favorable attention from Rutgers’ The Daily Targum by earning a “laurel” that read,
“Dang, Eagleton! Back at it again with the avant-garde political programs! The Eagleton Institute of Politics started a new pilot program called “RU Running?,” which trains politically interested college students who aspire to run for public office. We laurel Eagleton for creating this program and serving as a model for universities nationwide.”
The Daily Targum also published an article on the pilot that can be accessed here.
For more information or to participate in the next RU Running? training, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.