Reflecting on YWLP from the Other Side

Leah Brown

Leah Brown, YWLP Facilitator

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.

-Leah Brown

Women’s Center Staff & YWLP Facilitator

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About Ohio U Women's Center

The Ohio University Women’s Center serves and responds to the needs of OU women students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the community. Founded in 2007, the center is dedicated to creating an inclusive and welcoming campus climate for all members of the community through programs, resources, referrals, advocacy, and education. Located in Baker University Center 403.
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