U.Va.'s Young Women Leaders Program Receives Statewide Mentoring Award

January 29, 2009 — The Virginia Mentoring Partnership has given the University of Virginia's Young Women Leaders Program its 2009 Outstanding Mentoring Program Award.

The annual award, selected each January in honor of National Mentoring Month, recognizes mentoring programs in Virginia that have made outstanding contributions to changing the lives of children and youth through mentoring.

The Young Women Leaders Program, founded in 1997 by Edith "Winx" Lawrence of the Curry School of Education and Kim Roberts of the U.Va. Women's Center, is a psycho-educational mentoring program that empowers middle school girls to be leaders by matching them with college women for one year.

YWLP combines one-on-one mentoring with targeted group activities to address issues related to girls' sense of self, scholastic achievement, body image, social aggression and healthy decision-making.

"We're delighted that YWLP is receiving this award,” Lawrence said. “We have an amazing group of college women serving as mentors to local middle school girls this year, and it is a wonderful acknowledgment of their dedication to the larger community."

The program will be recognized at the seventh annual Virginia Mentoring Awards ceremony on Feb. 12 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.

The Virginia Mentoring Partnership is an independent organization, founded in 1994 to provide training and technical assistance to mentoring programs around Virginia. It was developed in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University and MENTOR/The National Mentoring Partnership, a nonprofit organization with a mission to expand the world of quality mentoring.

For information on U.Va.'s Young Women Leaders Program, contact Melissa Levy or Logan Stout at 434-924-8979.