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Young Women Leaders Program


Applications for seventh and eighth grade girls at Athens Middle School are now available! The program begins on September 19th, so submit your application to as soon as possible.



"YWLP has completely changed my life for the better. As a mentee with UVA's program, and a mentor here at OHIO, I have learned different leadership tactics. I have also been able to make friends that I would ordinarily have never met. YWLP has helped make me the leader that I am today" ~ Leah Brown, YWLP Facilitator and Mentor 


Would you like to be a mentee?

Looking for an opportunity for your 7th or 8th grade Young Woman Leader to build confidence? Contact us to find out how your Leader can participate in our program by emailing us at or make an appointment to meet with Women's Center staff by calling 740-593-9625. We currently serve students only at Athens Middle School.

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.


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.


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