Young Women Leaders Program, Charlottesville, VA

Buford Middle School EntranceBuford Class

I had the pleasure on Wednesday of working with nine middle school girls and their “big sister” mentors who are part of the Young Women Leaders Program sponsored by the University of Virginia’s Women’s Center and Curry School of Education. The big sisters are undergraduate students at U. VA. and receive a semester of training when they begin mentoring. All of the little- and big-sister teams learned to make several pop-up structures with the objective of eventually designing cards that can be produced in multiples using Silhouette Cameo digital die cutters. In the process, students will learn about new technologies and production techniques, marketing skills and entrepreneurship. I was delighted by their response, and look forward to following the project’s progression.


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