About YWLP

The Young Women Leaders Program began in 1997 at the University of Virginia in partnership with the Curry School of Education. The founders of YWLP created a program that allowed for one-on-one and group mentoring that matched local middle school students with college students. Their curriculum encourages young women to become leaders by addressing issues such as body image, portrayals of women in the media, academic success, and decision-making in tough situations.

The University of Mary Washington chapter of YWLP was founded in 2007 by women who had been mentored in the UVA program as young women. The group began with fifteen active members and has more than tripled in size over the past four years. We have worked with middle school students from Spotsylvania Middle School, Chancellor Middle School, and Battlefield Middle School. Part of our mission is to include members from a diverse range of socio-economic and racial backgrounds. By bringing them together into one group, we encourage our members to look past their differences in order to work together to unlock their leadership potential.

Our curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including

  • The Qualities of a Leader
  • Issues at School and in the Community
  • Valuing Myself: Does Anything Interfere?
  • Making Tough Decisions
  • Dreams for my Future

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