Now that this is my second year as facilitator I wanted to take this time to reflect on my time in this program. As someone who has experienced the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) from both sides of the coin I can say that YWLP has been so beneficial to my development as a woman. Because of YWLP I have the knowledge and courage as a leader to make decisions for myself rather than following the crowd. I would say that YWLP ultimately had a great impact on me as a little in the program at the University of Virginia. So much so, that I decided this program needed to reach more young women and took the steps to bring it with me to Ohio University.
I love the fact that I am now getting the opportunity to be on the other side of this experience. I already had an example of what a great mentor was from my own big and I was able to learn from to improve myself as a big sister. While I was extremely excited to be a guiding force in a young woman’s life when the program began last year, I realize now that I am even more excited by how the mentees in this program change me. I have learned to be more patient and accepting of others points of views and knowledge through my YWLP experience. I look forward to seeing my fellow mentors, mentees, and myself continue to grow and change as leaders as this school year continues.
Women’s Center Staff & YWLP Facilitator