Leadership for Social Change Program

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Leadership for Social Change

We believe we are responsible for educating and empowering the next generation of women and nonbinary leaders. This leadership program engages young women at the beginning of their careers, helping them understand how discriminatory practices, policies, and beliefs produce various forms of inequity. Armed with insight, program participants are better prepared to speak up and act out on behalf of themselves and others.

Through our 11-month learning experience, emerging leaders engage in workshops with community experts working in organizations that create social change. Experts from grassroots, political, community-based, educational, and nonprofit organizations help participants develop practical and theoretical knowledge about current issues and models for creating change.


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Leadership Program Goals

Recruit, Inform and Empower

Recruit, inform, and empower a diverse group of advocates to become the next generation of leaders in Central Ohio, who can identify needs for social change and effectively develop strategies to address these needs

Learn What Perpetuates Inequalities

Educate participants about the critical factors that create and perpetuate inequalities in our community

Connect Young Leaders

Connect young leaders to a network and resources that will support their leadership endeavors for social change


lsc alumni:

Share Your Spotlight

Across the city and country, in all professional roles and career stages, LSC Alum are change-makers, leaders, and innovators in advancing social change. It is important that we acknowledge and celebrate these efforts. Have you or a fellow LSC alum accomplished something spotlight worthy (i.e. joined a Board, landed a new leadership position, been recognized for your contributions, etc.)? Please share and we’ll highlight an alum each month! And yes! Please feel confident to highlight yourself!!


Leadership for Social Change - YWCA Columbus leadership program


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The Ideal Leadership Program Applicant

The ideal applicant is an emerging leader in their 20s or their 30s at the beginning of their career and leadership journey without much formal leadership experience. Applicants must be 21-39 years of age. They desire to be involved in the Columbus community through professional and community service and want to affect positive social change. Applicants will, preferably, have little to no formal leadership development training in academic, community, or work settings. Their passion for social change will align with YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, and the candidate will be able to fully commit to meeting at least once a month during the 11 month-program. We welcome cisgender women, transgender women, and non-binary individuals who experience gender-based oppression and are comfortable participating in a women’s program to apply.


Applications for our 2023 Leadership for Social Change Cohort are now open.



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"What I liked best about the program was the open, accepting environment, the time for reflection and growth and the ability to connect with such a wide variety of people from different backgrounds. There was such a diversity of topics covered in the sessions in a supportive, encouraging atmosphere."
Leadership for Social Change Participant