Ohio University

Young Women Leader


Apply to be a mentee for 2019-2020! Please submit completed applications to Dr. Rittenhouse, guidance counselor at Athens Middle School.

"Being a YWLP mentor has been a transformative experience in my college career. It taught me how to be an impactful leader and become a positive role model. I've made incredible friendships with my fellow mentors and have had the amazing guidance from faculty of this program. YWLP is one of the strongest groups at Ohio University, and I highly recommend it." ~ Ami Scherson.

The Young Women Leaders Program builds competence, autonomy and connection. A collaboration between the OHIO University's Women's Center and Athens Middle School, the Young Women's Leader Program (YWLP) is an innovative mentoring program designed to empower middle school girls and college women to be leaders and to make positive choices based on their interactions as mentors and peers.

In 2017, the Women's Center partnered with the Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (RUSP) Program within the Office of Rural and Underserved Programs at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine on a project in which the mentees use photography to document how they relate to topics discussed in the YWLP program. Through the photos and structured discussion, the mentees help to inform the mentors about their experiences, and directly influence the curriculum for the following year.


Would you like to be a mentee?

Looking for an opportunity for your 7th or 8th grade Young Woman Leader to build confidence? Applications for the 7th and 8th grade participants at Athens Middle School in the program are available at the start of every academic year. Either visit your guidance counselor or download them here and submit them to your guidance counselor or the Women's Center to apply: womenscenter@ohio.edu. Questions? Call us at 740-593-9625. We currently serve students only at Athens Middle School.


Would you like to be a mentor?


Mentors are recruited through students in the Fall course "PCOE 2301C": Building Leadership in Adolescent Girls Through Mentorship. This course is offered every Fall, Mondays & Wednesdays 3:05 - 5:05PM. This course is only offered in tandem with a service learning opportunity.

Students who take this course can apply to be a mentor to a seventh and eighth grade girl, which requires participants to commit as a mentor (Wednesdays, 3:05 - 5:05PM at Athens Middle School) for the entire academic year through the Young Women Leaders Program. Co-founded in 1997 by Edith "Winx" Lawrence, Ph.D. and Kimberley Roberts, Ph.D., and sponsored by the University of Virginia Women's Center and Curry School of Education, the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) is an innovative mentoring program that is designed to empower middle school girls and college women to be leaders of themselves and in their families, schools, and communities. Ohio University participates as a sister-site. Through collaboration with Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine), the mentees are provided with cameras to take pictures of what it means to be a girl, healthy relationships, and the impact of mentoring.