MOUNT MADONNA, Calif. -

A Mount Madonna High School student has been selected to take part in Running Start's eight annual Young Women's Political Leadership Program.

Zoe Kelly will attend the program in Washington, DC in July.

Running Start is a D.C.-based nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that encourages young women to run for office early, so that they can establish the tenure necessary to rise to political leadership positions.

The 2014 Young Women’s Political Leadership Program is designed to promote Running Start’s mission by giving high school young women the encouragement, support, knowledge, and inspiration they need to be leaders in their schools, their communities and beyond.

The program began in 2007 with just 25 participants and by 2009, more than 30,000 young women were applying for 50 spots.