The Young Women Leaders Program, founded in 1997 at the University of Virginia, is a psychoeducational mentoring program that empowers middle school girls to be leaders by combining one-on-one mentoring with targeted group activities for a year to address issues related to girls’ sense of self, scholastic achievement, body image, social aggression, and healthy decision-making. The program encourages the development of competence, connection and autonomy among participants, has served over 1000 middle school girls and trained over 1000 college women mentors since its inception. YWLP includes girls from a diversity of socio-economic, racial, and academic backgrounds. Over the past ten years, effective dissemination of the YWLP curriculum has led to new programs at nine additional colleges and universities across the US and in Mozambique.
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