PG&E And Running Start Now Accepting Scholarship Applications For Young Women's Political Leadership Program

   PG&E And Running Start Now Accepting Scholarship Applications For Young
                     Women's Political Leadership Program

Utility Awards Five Deserving High School Girls Opportunity to Attend
Conference in February

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 20, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Pacific Gas and Electric Company
(PG&E) and Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Running Start announced today that
they are now accepting applications from high school girls for five
scholarships to attend Running Start's Young Women's Political Leadership
program (YWPL) in Los Angeles on February 9, 2013. Five high school girls who
aspire to become political leaders will have the opportunity to attend the
conference and get hands-on experience and training to equip them for the
rigors of a career in politics – all expenses paid.

All high school girls living within PG&E's Northern and Central California
service area are eligible to apply, and scholarships will be awarded based
upon need. Scholarships will cover costs for travel, room and board, and
conference registration fees for each awardee. A chaperone will also help
scholarship winners navigate the conference.

This is the first time that the utility is collaborating with Running Start to
offer these need-based scholarships for Northern and Central California high
school students to help more young women see their place as political leaders
in their community and in the world. The 2013 YWPL in Los Angeles marks the
second time the utility has been a program sponsor.

"Running Start's Young Women's Political Leadership program in California to
inspire high school girls from across the state to pursue careers in politics
is outstanding," said Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo/San Francisco).
"Running Start gets it – planting the seed in the minds of young women that we
need more women leaders is guaranteed to grow bright young women in public
office sooner rather than later. I'm particularly encouraged to know that
scholarships will bring Northern California participants to this program,
including girls from my district." 

In order to apply for a scholarship, interested students should e-mail Running
Start at by Monday, January 7.

"These scholarships not only provide financial assistance to high school girls
who need it; they also further develop the potential of these young women as
the future leaders of our state and our nation," said Jessica Hogle, Director
of Federal Affairs and Political Strategy for PG&E and Running Start board
member. "We are proud to work with Running Start to help give young women the
knowledge, support, encouragement and inspiration they need to run for an
elected position."

The YWPL introduces young women to the power of political leadership and is
open to high school girls entering 9th grade through graduating seniors. The
California edition of the program will be an intensive, one-day training to
take place at the University of Southern California on Saturday, February 9,
2013, and will be hosted in conjunction with USC's Unruh Institute of
Politics, California Women Lead and USC's Women's Student Assembly.

The program will provide attendees with skills training – from message
development and networking, to fundraising and campaigning 101. Speakers and
moderators at past conferences have included members of Congress, young
candidates and political operatives from the top of their field.

The YWPL has been held in Washington, D.C. since 2007 and is the flagship
program of Running Start, a nonpartisan organization that encourages girls to
lead from every background and ideology.

Running Start is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to
educating young women about politics and inspiring them to run for elected
office. Running Start was created because young women remain only a tiny
fraction of the elected officials and candidates for public office. We talk to
young women about politics and leadership early in their lives, so that they
grow up inspired and ready to run! Running Start trains the young women who
will shape tomorrow's world. For more information or to apply to our programs,
go to

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG),
is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the
United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company
delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern
and Central California. For more information, visit and

SOURCE Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

Contact: PG&E External Communications, +1-415-973-5930
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