Young Women Leaders Program
The Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) is a curriculum-based, after-school program that pairs junior high school girls from Auburn Jr. High and Loachapoka Jr. High with college females from Auburn University. Through YWLP, the mentors and mentees (also referred to as Big and Little Sisters) will develop leadership and relationship skills that are vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This program provides an opportunity for teen girls to become more educated and aware of their personal values and goals.
YWLP was originally established at the University of Virginia. It is an organization dedicated to facilitating the empowerment and autonomy of young school girls, nationwide. At Auburn University, we strive for excellence and aim to be self-motivators, as well as to motivate others. So, in the Spring of 2010, YWLP was created at Auburn University to facilitate the development of teen girls in the community. Now, YWLP is offered as a course for credit at Auburn University.
For Big Sisters: By becoming a mentor you are not only teaching someone else about life’s lessons, but you are leaning a few lessons in the process. It is through mentoring these young teen girls that you will gain a sense of fulfillment and humility as you teach these young girls how to become positive role models for other youth, as you were for them.
What’s in it for Little Sisters?
By becoming a mentee, she is getting a true sense of sisterhood. Big sisters are not only there as role models, but as mentors who can provide guidance and support. These are the things that are important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle ad pursuing a bright future.
In order to strengthen your Big/Little Sister bond, you will have an opportunity to spend structured time together during weekly group meetings. During the Fall Semester, you are required to attend a class (1 hour). For the Spring and Fall semesters you will be required to attend a meeting with the Big Sisters (1 hour per week) as well as a meeting with the Big and Little Sisters (2 hours per week). Outside of these structured activities, you will also get to spend one-on-one time with each other doing fun activities (4 hours per month).
By becoming a mentor you are not only teaching someone else about life’s lessons, but you yourself are learning a few lessons in the process. It is through mentoring these young teen girls that you will gain a sense of fulfillment and humility as you teach these young girls how to become positive role models for other youth, as you were for them.
Here’s a look at some potential activities that Big/Little Sisters may participate in:
- “The Big Reveal”
- Ropes Course
- Community Service
- College Campus Tour
- Sporting Events
- Women’s Leadership Conference
For more information and to receive an application packet, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit your application to 308 Mary Martin Hall in the Women's Resource Center.
“I was thrilled to get accepted into the YWLP program & to become a mentor, but I never imagined to gain this much fulfillment from connecting with these young ladies.”
Mary Isbell, Human Development & Family Studies
“Before I started YWLP, I thought it would just be another service opportunity to go on my resume. I have always loved volunteering and giving back to the community, but this program means so much more than that to me. I wasn’t anticipating forming so many deep, powerful, long lasting relationships...”
Lauren Koehler, Psychology
“Interacting with [the Little sisters] was not only the highlight of my week, but also encouraged me to participate in more programs around Auburn University’s campus that involved helping society and our environment.”
Moneisha Cunningham, Chemisty
“YWLP has given me the resources and advice needed to make a huge difference in my little sister’s life. Most importantly, I am able to be someone she can count on when her family, income, or even home may be unreliable.”
Elizabeth D’Amico, Pre-Nursing
“I have found that both the Big and Little Sisters have taught me to stretch myself farther to reach the person I can be...”
Dannah Lowell, Early Childhood Special Education
"I have grown as a person thanks to the YWLP. I now feel more comfortable speaking before a crowd, I have more self-confidence, and I feel more secure and competent in my leadership skills and relationships with others.”
Amelia Purifoy, Human Development & Family Studies