May 8, 2012 — The Young Women Leaders Program – a collaboration between the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and the U.Va. Women’s Center to help mentor local middle-school girls – officially marked its 15th anniversary.
The program, established in 1997, pairs seventh- and eighth-grade girls from the Charlottesville and Albemarle areas with female mentors who are U.Va. students. More than 1,000 girls and 1,000 college women have taken part, said the program’s director, Edith “Winx” Lawrence, a Curry School professor.