Young Women’s Leadership Institute

Virtual Young Women's Leadership Institute

Pre-College Women's Leadership Institute for High School Students

Fast Facts  

Dates of entire program:

  • 9/9 (4 - 4:50pm PT)

  • 9/12 (1 - 4pm PT)

  • 9/19 (1 - 4pm PT)

  • 9/26 (1 - 4pm PT)

Location: Virtually

Tuition: $225.00


On the heels of 2018, a historic year for women in politics and leadership, JSA launched its Young Women’s Leadership Institute. By engaging young women with a passion for politics and public life, we aim to support the emergence of a new generation of leaders in a variety of fields, with a specific focus on the opportunities and challenges that arise for women, as well as the value of building a supportive network of peers.

This institute offers a holistic approach to providing guidance on strengthening all aspects of young women’s leadership abilities. The goal of the Young Women’s Leadership Institute is to engage young women in developing skills and strategies to foster their leadership potential.  The theme of this year’s YWLI is Leading Through Crisis and will focus on one module.

This development comes in the form of:

  • Networking with young women from across the country who are dedicated to making a difference in their communities and the world at large.
  • Learning about the art of women’s leadership, how to deal with gender inequality, and turning workplace challenges into opportunities from accomplished women in their field.
  • Gaining practical real-world knowledge through conversations and networking with women leaders from a broad array of roles and sectors.
  • Engaging in reflective activities to ​gain insight into personal leadership strengths​, ​styles​ and development opportunities

How will it work?

In summer 2020, we launched an online institute that includes a digital community space to share ideas and interact and network with young and seasoned women leaders. This fall, students will be able to participate in an engaging but accelerated version of this online institute.  

The web-based version of YWLI will include panel discussions, presentations from women leaders, classroom learning, and an experiential learning activity aligned with all of the information being presented. Please see the program snapshot below.

Program Outcomes

  • Participants will understand and be better equipped to participate in government/politics at the national, state, and local levels
  • Participants will be able to lead and participate in civil conversations with people from different backgrounds and perspectives
  • Participants will learn and demonstrate effective 21st-century leadership skills
  • Participants will develop and hone essential critical thinking skills and be ready to address current and future political, economic, and social issues facing the world
  • Students will be better suited to succeed in secondary and post-secondary education environments
  • Classroom educators will increase their ability/capacity to deliver engaging civic leadership lessons in the learning environment

Curricular Theme: Leading During Crisis

Students will demonstrate the ability to access peer networks and support systems to navigate conflict.  Students will consider how leaders encourage their team in solving complex problems using innovation, creative thinking, and collaboration. Lastly, our young women will hear from leaders about the importance of navigating crises.

Module 1: Know Thyself
  • Identify Leadership Style (need web-based leadership inventory)
  • How does my style lead to success and challenges in leading teams and people?
  • Identify significant leadership to address/overcome
  • Understanding leadership- (explore various leadership models/theories)
  • Practical Application
Module 2: Leading Through Crisis
  • Leading during periods of change (planned change versus tumultuous times)
  • Practical Application:
  • Panel/Thought Talk
  • Communications Practice: Debate
Module 3: Leadership and Gender
  • Unique challenges associated with being a woman leader (imposter syndrome, assertive communication style, pay gap)
  • Practical Application:
  • Panel/Thought Talk:
  • Communications Practice: Debate