YWLP International Sites
Buea, Dschang and Kumbo, Cameroon
The Young Women Leaders Program Cameroon was founded by Curry Doctoral student Caroline Berinyuy in the summer of 2009.
YWLP Dschang works in cooperation with the Lycee Bilingue de Dschang, the Lycee Classique de Dschang, and at the community-centered military base. In Kumbo, YWLP works with girls in Government Bilingual High School, Kumbo, Government Bilingual High School, Kikaikom, Government High School, Kitiwum, and the Islamic High School Kumbo. There is also a Sister Site at the University of Buea where Big Sisters are all college women.
The program serves as an international initiative geared toward engaging high school and middle-school aged girls. The need for a program such as YWLP in Cameroon was determined through the assessment of middle-and-high school girl dropout rates in comparison to the rates of their male counterparts. For middle-school aged girls in particular, dropout rates were especially high. YWLP Cameroon hopes to increase school retention rates and promote leadership skills in young girls. Among the successes of YWLP, it has brought college women back into middle and high schools to serve as mentors and role models for younger girls, providing a way for girls to take care of each other across ethnic and linguistic lines. YWLP is excited to have its second International Sister Site!
Our first international Sister Site! PROLIR, Promoção de Liderança de Raparigas (Girls Leadership Program) is a girls leadership program started within a community outside of Maxixe, Mozambique.