Leadership for Social Change Alumni


We believe we have a responsibility to educate and empower the next generation of women leaders. This 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, they’re better prepared to speak up and act out on behalf of themselves and others.

Through our 10-month learning experience, participants engage in workshops with community experts working in organizations that create social change. Experts come from grassroots, political, community-based, educational and nonprofit organizations and will help participants develop practical and theoretical knowledge about current issues and current models for creating change.


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 (which include, but are not limited to racism, sexism, etc...)

Connect young leaders

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


The Ideal Applicant

The ideal applicant is an emerging leader in her 20’s or early 30’s at the beginning of her career and leadership journey. She has a desire to be involved in the Columbus community through her professional and community service and wants to effect 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 once a month during the 10 month-program. Does this sound like you? The program runs from February to December. Applications open in the fall. Sign up to be notified when applications are 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