The Young Women’s Leadership Challenge (YWLC) is a yearlong U.S.-based program for high school aged-girls created and managed by The Pangea Network, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering women and communities in the U.S. and Kenya. YWLC is composed of a 6-day summer conference, fall and spring workshops and lectures throughout the year.
Apply for the Summer Conference
Attend the Spring Workshop
1 Summer Conference
The conference is a 6-day program. You will learn first-hand about what it means to be a leader, a social entrepreneur, a peace-builder – a well-rounded globally-minded individual. Each day you will hear from expert speakers and engage in interactive team-building activities. At the end of the conference, you will have the opportunity to create your own project, the Take Action Challenge (TAC). The TAC will enable you to use your leadership and critical thinking skills to experience first-hand, in a real world setting, what it means to start a project with a vision and a goal, while learning fundraising, marketing and communication. You will have 10 months to complete your project.
What to expect at the conference?
Leadership / Social Entrepreneurship & Create your Take Action Challenge
Self-Esteem & Body Image
Local & Global Career Exploration
Global Issues, Conflict Resolution, & Media Literacy
Financial Literacy / Social Etiquette
Take Action Challenge Presentations & Plan the Work for the Year Ahead
2 Fall Workshop
At the workshop, you will share with your peers the progress of your TAC. There will be expert speakers to help guide you on your next steps. Any successes, obstacles, challenges, and ideas you may have will be shared on this day in order to help you maximize your potential. You will be inspired to see your TAC take life in the next months!
3 Spring Workshop
For this workshop, you will present to your group your final TAC results. You will fine-tune your presentation and public speaking skills. Parents, teachers, partners, and sponsors are invited to attend.
Welcome to the YWLC
global online network
You have attended the conference, you have completed your TAC, and now you are able to network with like-minded girls! Some might still be in high school, some might be at college, and many are interning, volunteering, or starting their first job. Each of you will have your own profile and the ability to contact each other for advice, references, and contacts that will help you with your personal and professional goals for life.
In addition to the required conference and workshops, you will also have the opportunity to attend lectures throughout the year. We partner with like-minded organizations and invite guest speakers on topics related to leadership, social entrepreneurship, and current global trends. Although these lectures are optional and open to all area students, we highly encourage you to attend and continue your life-long learning about leadership, self-awareness, compassion, and service.
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