Running & Winning High School Workshop
Running and Winning is a non-partisan, one day, interactive workshop for junior and senior high school girls who exhibit leadership skills. It is coordinated and presented in the Tucson area by the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson (LWVGT) with current co-sponsors, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Tucson & Casas Adobes branches and the Tucson YWCA.
The short-term goals of the program are to expand young women's understanding and appreciation of public service and encourage their leadership in current and future endeavors. The long-term goal is to increase the number of women running for office. Currently, women comprise 51% of the population but only 20% of Congressional Representatives and Senators are women.
The workshop is presented each September at one high school in Pima County.
Co-Chairs: April Lewis and Phylis Carnahan, League@lwvtucson.com, 520-327-7652
Women Elected Officials are Role Models
Each year, we are pleased to have women from Tucson, Pima County and Arizona who have or currently serve as elected officials at all levels of government to share their time and experiences with the young women participating in the workshop.
The Day’s Activities
In small groups, the students are engaged in activities throughout the day:
- Interview the elected officials about their personal campaign and in-office duties and experiences
- Based on fact sheets provided, select and discuss an issue (i.e. health care, the environment, minimum wage) and reach agreement on their opinions
- Divide campaign responsibilities
- Select a young woman in their group to serve in the role of candidate, campaign manager, publicity design, etc.
- Formulate a campaign platform and strategy
- Develop campaign materials
- Create a campaign speech
- Present their campaign before the entire group of attendees
- Listen and evaluate each of the group campaigns
- Participate in a mock election and vote for the best campaign idea, presentation and candidate
- "Official" swearing in of the winning candidate
- Evaluate the day's activities and receive certificates of participation
Running and Winning was developed by the League of Women Voters Education Fund and made interactive by the League of Women Voters of Camden County, New Jersey (LWVCC).
Co-Chairs: Phylis Carnahan and April Lewis, League@lwvtucson.com , 520-327-7652
For information about previous Running & Winning events, click here.
Issues & Eggs Breakfast Forum
A guiding principle of the League of Women Voters is to engage communities in promoting positive solutions to public policy issues through education and advocacy. The Issues and Eggs Breakfast Forum is an annual endeavor of the Greater Tucson chapter in achieving this goal. The Forum examines pertinent, timely topics to raise public awareness.
The Forum is also a major fund raiser for the Greater Tucson League. Through ticket sales and contributions from local corporations, civic organizations and our own members, funds are secured to support voter education and service projects, a speakers’ bureau and other vital work.
The Issues and Eggs Breakfast has grown from 80 attendees its first year to over 360 attendees seven years later. Approximately $17,000 was raised at the 2020 event in support of LWVGT’s work.
Chairs: Pat Markey, Issuesandeggs@lwvtucson.com , 520-327-7652
- 2014: “Jobs Won’t Grow on Cacti…Without Help”
- 2015: “Are Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards the Answer?” (Common Core)
- 2016: “What is JTED’s Link to Arizona’s Economy?” (Joint Technical Education Districts)
- 2017: “Impact of Poverty on K-12 Academic Achievement”
- 2018: “Health of Our Children in Poverty: Why We Must Care”
- 2019: “Aging Not Your Issue? It Will Be.”
- 2020: "100 Years: Celebrating Women and The Vote"
For information about previous Issues & Eggs Breakfast events, click here.