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The YWLP Story

The YWLP Story

The Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) was founded in 1997 by Edith "Winx" Lawrence and Kimberley Roberts. YWLP is a joint program of the Curry School of Education and the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center.

Since it's founding, YWLP has proven its effectiveness in encouraging the development of competence, connection, and autonomy among participants, and has served over 1200 Central Virginia middle school girls. Over the past ten years, YWLP's proven effectiveness has led to the establishment of programs outside of Central Virginia that use the YWLP curriculum across the US from New Jersey to California. YWLP also partners with international sister sites focused on encouraging girls to stay in school around the world.