students in lounge

Middle Schools We Partner With 

The Young Women Leaders Program serves students in the seventh and eighth grade at:

  • Burley Middle School
  • Community Lab School
  • Journey Middle School
  • Lakeside Middle School

YWLP staff work closely with guidance counselors who identify students that would benefit the most from our mentoring program at each school.

Big and Little at YWLP Food Drive

Learning Leadership Through Service

Getting our Littles engaged in service is an important part of the YWLP curriculum. Our Big Sisters and Little Sisters work together give back to their community through programs like their annual food and supplies drives to benefit organizations serving the Charlottesville area. Service can also middle school legacy projects or appreciation dinners for the important role models in the Littles' lives. 

Connecting with Parents 

The expertise our YWLP faculty and staff bring to our program is not just shared with our Big Sisters. Through occasions such as the annual Fall Finale, YWLP faculty and staff connect directly with the parents of our Little Sisters to share the information being taught to the undergraduate student mentoring their child. Just as importantly, faculty guide the Bigs throughout the year in building good relationships with their Little's parents and encourage them toward positive communication at home.