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June 15, 2021

collage of big and little sisters and brothers

Join One of Our COMMUNITY MENTORING Programs

Over the summer, we are accepting applications on a rolling basis from UVA students interested in serving as Big Sisters and Big Brothers to local middle school students in the 2021-2022 academic year. Learn more about why our Bigs say YWLP and MLP are among the most memorable experiences they've had at UVA.

June 15, 2021

class of 2021 students

Proud and Grateful 1st Gen Grad

February 25, 2021

Major: Political Science
Year: Third Year

1.    What brought you to the Women’s Center?

Wanting to work with our local Charlottesville community and be able to give back.

2.    How has a mentor impacted you?

I’ve made such amazing friends who are strong and powerful. They have taught me to be strong like they are, even when I don’t feel like I can be.

3.    Who is a woman that inspires you?

February 18, 2021

Year: Fourth
Major: Commerce & Psychology     

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?

The YWLP mentoring program was being promoted in a WGS class I took first year and I was excited to apply as a Big!    

2.    How has a mentor impacted you?

I’ve had a few awesome mentors throughout my life. I’ve had mentors help me tremendously in internship & job searches and they’ve also just helped me stay focused and encouraged.     

December 04, 2020

Claire Buckholz

YWLP offers young women a variety of ways to be involved with mentoring during their UVA years – and Claire Buckholz has served in ALL of them. Most students in YWLP serve as Big Sisters who mentor local middle school girls. Some of them return for another year in the program as mentoring group facilitators for a group of Big and Little Sisters. Others shift to supporting the program on the YWLP intern team working closely with our staff.

November 19, 2020

welcome message chalked on sidewalk

INTERN with Us in 2021-22

Internship applications for 2021-2022 closed on March 1, except for our Speaking in Hues podcast team which will continue to accept applications. Contact Jaronda Miller-Bryant for up to date information.


November 05, 2020

Name: Samantha Owens
Major: American Government
Year: Fourth

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?

I saw the booth at orientation and knew it was something I wanted to be involved in eventually.

2.    What is your favorite memory of UVA thus far?

A class trip I had to the Special Collections Library where we traced the history of writing through the items they have there.

3.    Who is a woman that inspires you?

August 06, 2020

Name: Grace Leffler
Year: 3rd
Major: Psychology, Cognitive Science
Hometown: Richmond, VA

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?

I was curious about finding a more focused and intentional volunteer group, which is how I ended up here once my professor nudged me towards this program. I hate that the actual Women's Center is closed; everyone should visit the place at least once!

2.    If you could describe YWLP in 3 words, how would you describe it?

Embracing, mindful, energizing.

July 16, 2020

Name: Brynna Gaffney
Year: Third (Rising fourth year? Terrifying!)
Major: Public Policy & Leadership (Batten School), Global Studies in Education Minor
Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?

July 10, 2020

Name: Emma Murphy
Year: Second Year (Class of 2022)
Major: English & Computer Science
Hometown: Red Bank, New Jersey

1.    What brought you to the Women’s Center?