Our Mission

To empower youth to be active and valued participants in decision making processes at all levels.


Women in Politics (WIP) is a three-day summer institute for young women from the Sacramento region. Participants get a first-hand look at the workings of state politics, focusing on issues affecting women and their communities.

Our presence in Sacramento and our lasting relationships with the players in state politics allow us to offer a unique experience to young women. We have access to a rich pool of supporters who lend their expertise to our programs – more than forty women, including liberals, moderates, and conservatives, volunteer their time to share information and perspectives. WIP provides an opportunity for young women to meet the people who represent them at the state capitol, and to witness first-hand the importance of women’s participation in the political process.

The success of our Women In Politics program would not be possible with out our sponsors: State Farm Insurance, Sempra Energy, Capitol Network, Southern CA Edison, California Business Properties Associations and California Teacher’s Association.

Program Description

Interactive activities get our participants thinking and acting. Young women will:

  • Engage in activities which are geared to provide youth with the tools to build life long self-confidence and self-worth  
  • Learn about the historical role of women in the democratic process, providing context for discussion of present-day policies.
  • Begin to visualize and cultivate their own individual plan for civic action and identify paths for career opportunities
  • Craft policy recommendations on specific legislation slated to come before lawmakers

“Women In Politics was a wonderful experience..  It was a lot of fun and opened my eyes to different career paths!”
-WIP Participant

How to Apply

The 2018 participant application period has closed, but we will be accepting applications for summer 2019 next year.  Stay posted for updates on our webite and social media!