Young Women Leaders Program

Young Women Leaders is an innovative outreach program that provides leadership training and one-to-one professional mentoring for female high school students at schools throughout the Coachella Valley.

The goal of the YWL program is to guide local young women into roles of leadership and success, as they prepare for college, business and life. Seniors who successfully complete the educational, community outreach, and one-to-one professional mentoring at their mentor’s worksite are eligible for either a need-based or merit scholarship. Please see here for more information about the Scholarship Program.

The YWL educational program consists of four mandatory educational sessions and are typically held on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Your Experience Matters! Women Leaders Forum (WLF) is proud to continue the One-to-One Career Mentoring Program for Young Women Leaders.  
WLF members serve as professional mentors for high school seniors and juniors.  The goal of the Young Women Leaders program is to match the young women participants with a professional mentor in their career field of interest. WLF pairs nearly 50 professional women mentors each year.

If you're a woman, you're a leader. If you believe in developing future leaders, you're a perfect mentor! We currently have over 60 young women seeking mentors!

Step 1: Become a WLF member (wlfdesert.org) annual fee is $100. If you are already a WLF member, go to Step 2.
Step 2: Apply to become a mentor www.ywldesert.org.
Step 3: Have fun sharing your experience as a mentor!

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Successful completion of the educational workshops and the mentoring program not only prepares students for the future; it also establishes eligibility for seniors to apply for scholarships up to $5,000. Last year we awarded over $90,0000 in scholarships in partnership with OneFuture Coachella Valley to local qualifying students. "Hello, for those of you who don't know me, my name is Amanda Cardinal. I was a 2015 Young Women Leaders scholarship recipient and I am now a sophomore at Oklahoma State University. Many of you are probably asking yourselves, "Oklahoma, what's in Oklahoma?" (Click here to read more.)

For any additional questions regarding our YWL program, please send email to: ywl@wlfdesert.org. Thank you very much for your interest in this very worthwhile program. Together we can make this world a better place!

Interested high school female students may complete the online application found at www.ywldesert.org.
(Registration is now closed for young women. Deadline for mentors is November 3, 2017.)

Young Women:
Registration and sign-up information may be found at the YWL website: www.ywldesert.org. Registration is now closed. Please note: All participants in the mentor program are responsible for their own transportation to and from the work site of their mentor. Young Women Leaders are required to sign a contract committing to attend at least four (4) of the six (6) educational workshops along with signed parental consent and waiver forms. Your mentors are encouraged to join.

Visit the YWL website here for upcoming YWL Educational Workshops