Future Leader Program
The YWCA is dedicated to growing the next generation of female leaders in the St. Louis region. Our Future Leader Program builds upon and strengthens the leadership capacity of rising high school seniors who exhibit great potential and awards scholarships to support post secondary education.
In 2013, the YWCA successfully launched the Future Leaders Academy. This academy provides a forum for young women to further develop their skills and competencies in the areas of leadership, communication, self awareness and team building. While in the academy, girls discuss relevant topics, exchange ideas with other female leaders and participate in a service learning project. The Future Leader Academy culminates with a Recognition and Awards Ceremony.
For more information about the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, contact yw-teens at 314.531.1115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The YWCA Metro St. Louis is pleased to be the first organization in the St. Louis area to offer this dynamic gender-specific program. The Girls Circle model offers a structured support group for middle and high school girls, ages 11-18 years.The goal of Girls’ Circles is to enhance girls’ abilities so they are able to take full advantage of their talents, academic interests, career pursuits, and potential for healthy relationships. This is accomplished by integrating relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training in a specific format designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths, and competence in girls. To participate, girls need only have the desire, make a commitment to attend the meetings and agree to follow the circle guidelines: respect for others, no put-downs or interruptions, offer experiences – not advice, keep the focus on oneself, and keep what’s said in the group private.