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Be a Big Sister. Make a Big Difference.

The Young Women Leaders Program is a community-based mentoring program that pairs UVA undergraduate women with middle school girls from the Charlottesville area. By combining one-on-one mentoring with group activities that address girls' sense of self, scholastic achievement, body image, peer relationships, and healthy decision-making, YWLP helps empower middle school girls as leaders in their schools and communities. 


Big and Little Sisters in a Middle School hallway

Middle School Years Can Be Tough

Mentoring can make all the difference as kids navigate changing selves and shifting group dynamics – all while preparing to handle increased freedom paired with far greater academic and social pressures in high school.