The University of Virginia’s YWLP Program has worked with a number of universities, organizations, and communities to begin Young Women Leaders Programs of their own. Below please find a list of domestic YWLP sites. Don’t see a site near you? Find out how you can start your own!
The Women’s Resource Center at Auburn University manages a program in Auburn, Alabama, and they have had a wonderful year so far! From group meetings to tackling hard questions between Bigs and Littles, we are excited to see the site continue to develop. Click here to see what this group is up to!
Castilleja School – Palo Alto, CA
Kim Roberts, a founding member of the University of Virginia’s Young Women Leader’s Program begun three sister sites at the Castilleja School, and they are off to a great start!
The Danville YWLP Sister Site is now preparing for its second year of working with local girls, beginning again in January 2011, with facilities provided in cooperation with the YWCA. Last spring’s Sister to Sister Summit was a success, and plans are in the works for the Second Annual Sister to Sister Summit in September of 2011. We wish you the best in your future plans! For information, questions about making donations, and opportunities to support the Danville YWLP Sister Site, contact Program Coordinator Katina Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ygyrls, part of the YWCA of Central Virginia in Lynchburg, began in October 2006. The program currently works with local colleges and both high schools to partner girls. A two-year community action grant from the American Association of University Women has helped the Ygrls actively participate in local communities through their Drumming 4 Leadership Drum Ensemble. Other Ygyrl activities include a pancake breakfast fundraiser, Take a Ygyrl to College Day, participation in a local AAUW meeting, and a bracelet-sale fundraiser in recognition of World Aids Day on December 1st. Very impressive! For more information about the Lynchburg Ygyrls program, contact the YWCA-Ygyrls Program Coordinator Terri Miller at email@example.com. Visit their website here.
Michigan Tech University
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Michigan Tech University has just begun to implement their own Young Women Leaders Program in the Houghton community. We’re looking forward to hear from them as their site progresses!
2009-2010 was their pilot year, founded by Hannah McCollester and Charlotte Carroll who are both part of Teach for America. Hannah is a former University of Virginia YWLP Big Sister from the Class of 2009. In cooperation with the Stuttgart community and with a grant from the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce, the program meets after school once a week in its second year supporting 4th grade girls, a 5th grade alum, and a 3rd grade “VIP” member. and we had a five-week program for 4th grade girls exclusively, culminating in an Appreciation Dinner. As Hannah reports:
“This year, we have been recognized by our local community college for promoting college-going culture at a young age; invited to build and ride on a float in the Stuttgart Christmas Parade; and asked to host a booth at the Stuttgart School District’s Annual Health & Wellness Fair. We are also planning a Young Women Leaders of the Delta Summit for May 7th here in Stuttgart, during which we hope to host Amber McCrady’s 6th grade Young Women Leaders of the Delta from Helena, Arkansas, as well as excellent high school women leaders from across the north Mississippi Delta. We plan to have women speakers, leaders’ performances/videos, and community members, as well as choose-your-own-adventure workshops for the elementary girls led by high school women.”
Keep up the good work! For more information, contact Hannah McCollester at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Alabama
The University of Alabama’s Young Women Leaders Program is doing ver well, pairing 16 women each semester with fifth grade women in local city schools. Their goals include the promotion of self confidence and providing positive role models for the girls. Alabama also has a Men’s Leadership Program as well!For more information, contact Puneet Gill at email@example.com.
University of Central Florida
Founded by Lisa Logan in 2007, the University of Central Florida mentoring program is currently working with three area schools. They have ten Big/Little Sister pairs at each school, and recently celebrated their campus visit day where sisters enjoyed participating in a self-defense class. Nice work! For more information, contact Program Coordinator Lindsey Turnbull at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit their website here.
University of Mary Washington
YWLP became an official club at the University of Mary Washington in the late Spring of 2007. Today, the program is blossoming. Currently UMW has three groups and 18 mentors working with local schools. They are excited for a great 2011-12 school year. They recently continued their Thanksgiving tradition of hosting their program mentors. All is well! For more information, contact Deztinie Carter at email@example.com or Brittany Keyser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located in West Deptford, New Jersey, this Sister Site pairs the West Deptford High School Big Sisters with 6th and 7th grade middle school Little Sisters. This Site began six years ago. Congratulations on your continued efforts! For more information, contact Jamie Defrancis, LCSW for the West Deptford Township Public Schools Child Study Team. Her email is email@example.com.