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August 29, 2019

Christie McDaniel

Name: Christie McDaniel

Hometown: Dumfries, VA

February 15, 2019

Claire Buckholz

Our YWLP Big Sisters are the face of the program, but it takes a village to bring dozens of UVA women in to the local community to mentor middle school girls every year! The interns who help with program operations for YWLP have created a series of posts to introduce you to the students serving as YWLP mentoring group facilitators.

November 01, 2018

YWLP Big Sister Ariel Harris

Name: Ariel Harris
Year: Third Year
Major: Double in WGS & political theory

1. What brought you to the Women's Center?
Outside of my major, their resources and safe space helped me a lot with the experiences I've had my first two years of college. It's a wonderful place!

2. If you could describe YWLP or MLP in 3 words, how would you describe it?
Rewarding, humbling, and fun

October 18, 2018

YWLP Big Sister Maya Link

Name: Maya Link
Year: Second year
Major: Biology
Hometown: Richmond, VA

1. What brought you to the Women's Center?
One of my good friends had just participated in YWLP and told me what a great experience she had.

2. If you could describe YWLP or MLP in 3 words, how would you describe it?
supportive, enlightening, powerful

3. What other organizations are you involved with at UVA?
Pi Beta Phi, FPAS

October 03, 2018

Student Spotlight: Nicole Baker

Get to know YWLP intern, Nicole Baker!

Year: 3rd Year
Major: Speech Pathology
Hometown: Woodstock

March 19, 2018

Elizabeth O'Roark

Get to know YWLP intern, Elizabeth O'Roark! 

Year: Fourth Year
Major: English (Spanish Minor)
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

February 20, 2018

Daughters of the Fatherland

Nigeria is home to many young women as the most populous country in Africa with almost half of the inhabitants being women and roughly half of the population aged 15 years old or younger.
While the patriarchal country has had significant moments of women’s rights and feminist movements since its pre-independence days, the fight for female equality is still an issue today.

February 19, 2018

Photo credit: Nick Zuris

Year: Third
Major: Government
Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia
Why are you passionate about your program at the Women’s Center?

January 26, 2018



Both the Young Women Leaders Program and the Men's Leadership Project pair undergraduate students with a local middle school student. Students who serve as bigs take a course through the Curry School of Education which helps to give them the knowledge and understanding of the developmental challenges that their little is facing.

December 19, 2017

Even in years far quieter than this one, a LOT happens at the Women’s Center over the course of 12 months.