The University’s Women’s Center and Curry School of Education are collaborating over a two-year period to develop and evaluate the potential of the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) to serve as a model for providing college students with academic service-learning experiences in global connection and civic responsibility. Combining academics with service, college women in YWLP enroll in one of three YWLP courses each year to focus on the theory and research on critical issues facing adolescent girls and provide weekly, supervised, group and one-on-one mentoring for local vulnerable middle school girls.
This year they are piloting the inclusion of a global connections initiative in YWLP with the goal of enhancing participants’ sense of themselves as global citizens; preliminary results are positive. The Jefferson Trust will aid to further develop, consolidate, and evaluate this global initiative over a two-year period. They will enroll 200 college women from across the University in YWLP’s Sister-to-Sister Project and assess the degree to which participation enhances their global awareness and civic responsibility.