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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 14th, 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 


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. 

Are you an enrolled OHIO woman looking to inspire the next generation? All interested should enroll in PCOE 2301C during the Fall semester. As part of this course, you will meet weekly for a two-hour training (Mondays, 3:05-5:05) and have a group session with Young Leaders (Wednesdays, 3:05-5:05). Mentor/mentee pairs should also commit to meeting for an additional four hours a month. If you have further questions please feel free to contact Dr. Murray, Women’s Center Director, at or make an appointment to meet with her at the Women's Center. 

YWLP was founded in 1997 by Edith “Winx” Lawrence, PhD, and Kimberly Roberts, PhD, and is sponsored by the University of Virginia Women’s Center and the Curry School of Education.

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