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April 07, 2015

The interns and staff of the Women, Girls and Global Justice program at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center sponsored a series of events on the Grounds of the University of Virginia throughout the month of March in honor of International Women’s Month (IWM).

The month of events was inspired by International Women’s Day on March 8. The Center intends for this month of themed events to be an annual tradition. The following are recaps of each event.

April 03, 2015

The Young Women Leaders Program is honored to announce that we have been selected to receive three undergraduate research grants through the Jefferson Public Citizens (JPC) program! This highly selective grant program provides funds to teams of U.Va. undergraduates as they conduct research-based public service projects.

February 26, 2015

In the above photo: Carrie Daniel stands with the principal of GBHS Kikaikom, two former Big Sisters, the head of the PTO at Kikaikom, Caroline, and the YWLP coordinator for Kikaikom

When I signed up to be a mentor through the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) as a second year student, I did not imagine that I would be engaging with issues facing girls and women around the globe in locations as exotic as the hills of Bamkikaai in the Northwest Region of Cameroon.

January 13, 2015

With the help of their Bigs, Littles recently conquered “the biggest fear most people have,” according to U.Va. Drama Associate Professor Kate Burke: Speaking in public.

On Dec. 6, the Young Women Leaders Program gathered in the afternoon for its annual Fall Finale at Newcomb Hall that kicked off with lunch and a special motivational talk from Burke for the Bigs and Littles, prior to performing choreographed and rehearsed musical presentations to families and peers.

December 15, 2014

The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center is proud and grateful to have continuous support from the U.Va. Parents Fund.

December 09, 2014

The Women’s Center is excited to welcome the newest addition to our staff, Dr. Jaronda J. Miller. Jaronda is the Program Director for Women, Girls and Global Justice, the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP), and Engaged Scholarship.

November 10, 2014

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This October, Young Women Leaders Program held a community food drive in Charlottesville. All donations went to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, which serves food across our region. It was a great success and we ended up collecting almost 2,000 pounds of food!

The girls were so full of energy and confidence handing out flyers in front of Kroger. When asked about the purpose of the food drive, one of the Littles enthusiastically answered, “It was for the part of the community who needed food during the cold seasons.”

October 15, 2014

Big Sisters and Little Sisters of the Young Women Leaders Program are gearing up for their annual food drive on Oct. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. at Kroger locations in Charlottesville - on 1159 Emmett Street, in the Barracks Road Shopping Center, and on 1904 Emmett Street.

YWLP will be collecting non-perishable food items that supporters may conveniently purchase that day or that they bring from home.

September 10, 2014

A Lasting Commitment: Student reflects on experience with YWLP in Nicaragua My team poses with this year's Bigs and Littles after their first meetin

August 26, 2014

Since graduating from UVA in 2014, Emily Lloyd has built a rewarding and impactful career in violence prevention and survivor advocacy. In her current role with the One Love Foundation, Emily uses her experience as a former captain of the women's swim team at UVA to manage the foundation's national sports partnerships as well as their school an community groups in the midwest. 

Originally published on Iris in 2014.