Applications for GMU Young Women Leadership Program now open

Established and led by former Virginia congresswoman Barbara Comstock, this summer program will teach your daughter the essential skills of leadership.

Participants of the Young Women Leadership Program stand for a photo after a session at the Kennedy Center. (Photo courtesy of the Barbara Comstock Program for Women in Leadership)

Since 2013, Barbara Comstock’s Young Women Leadership Program has been giving young women in both middle and high school the opportunity to learn from some of the region’s most prominent leaders for an entire summer—at no cost.

For the first time since its inception, the 2019 summer session will be hosted at the Schar School of Public Policy at George Mason University, giving participants the opportunity to learn in a college setting.

The objective of the program is to introduce students to successful women who currently hold leadership positions in a variety of career fields, including government, technology, business and more. In the past, the nearly 2,000 participants from across the country learned from female leaders affiliated with the Supreme Court, Meet the Press, Google, the U.S. House of Representatives and many other organizations.

This year’s summer session will kick off at the end of June at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC, with an overview of the strong women who currently hold positions in office. Throughout the summer, the accepted young women will participate in six to eight seminars where they will learn how to develop leadership skills, identify personal strengths and interests and communicate effectively in a professional setting. Each session will feature female leaders who are currently making a difference in their respective career field.

The deadline to apply for this program is June 18.

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