Undergraduate men wanted!  Join the Men’s Leadership Project today and learn what it’s like to watch a kid bloom into a leader.  MLP is an innovative community-based leadership development and mentoring program designed to build and reinforce authentic and responsible leadership capacities of both undergraduate men and middle school boys. MLP accomplishes this mission by training and pairing a diverse group of undergraduate men with a select group of seventh grade boys.

Joining MLP means committing to your little brother for a full academic year, as well as attending a fall and spring course through the Curry School of Education, taught by Dr. Peter Sheras.  The Bigs and Littles meet once a week in groups and then one-on-one as pairs.  Occasional group activities (such as a ropes course) are designed to build group cohesion and challenge the boys to stretch themselves physically and emotionally.

I joined MLP because the program was unlike anything I’ve ever heard of.  The novelty of the program is in its ability to analyze critically how masculinity shapes our perception of the world and utilize that understanding in how we interact with our little brothers.  We don’t “teach” them per se, but we try to give them the tools to look at their world in a different light.
– Carlos

Download the MLP 2014-15 Application. All applications are due March 28. A required pre-service training will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13.  If you are interested, email mensleadershipproject@gmail.com.  For more information, email woc-mlp@virginia.edu or call 434-982-2884.