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YWCA Think Big, Lead Now Program

The YWCA Think Big, Lead Now Program is a comprehensive leadership program for young women and non-binary youth aged 18-25 that includes online learning and interactive presentations, self-study, peer mentorship and support, civic engagement, and a three-day immersive training held in Orillia, Ontario from January 16th to January 19th, 2020.

Grounded in intersectional feminism and social justice, this program has been designed to equip young women with the knowledge and skills to lead and be change-makers in their communities and beyond.

UFV will sponsor one student to participate in the leadership program, including attendance at the three-day summit in January 2020. Sponsorship covers the cost of the full leadership program, including accommodation at YMCA Geneva Park and meals for the in-person summit (a value of $500). If the successful young woman or non-binary youth is under 25, their travel costs are covered through the project funder Canadian Heritage. If there is any problem with securing access to funds for travel costs through Canadian Heritage, UFV will also cover the travel costs for the sponsored student.

To apply for this opportunity:

1. Complete the Application Form.

2. Prepare your resume or CV, emphasizing your leadership experience.

3. Submit both to Please include both attachments in a single email.

The deadline for applications is April 24, 2019. A small committee will review the applications and select a candidate, communicating their decision by May 1, 2019.

Students who are unsuccessful in receiving UFV sponsorship may apply directly to the YWCA in order to be considered for the program. The deadline for application to the YWCA is May 5, 2019. Information can be found here:

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Thank you for choosing UFV and for joining our community. That’s right: our community. You’ve chosen a university that prides itself on building communities. Your fellow students tell us time and time again that some of the things they love best about UFV are the community here, the relationships that they build with others, and the feeling that people truly care about them and their future. That’s because we do and we’re so honoured that you chose us.

At UFV, you’ll experience a community intent on expanding your horizons, building your skills, engaging your mind, supporting your needs, providing a civil and safe environment, and helping you achieve whatever it is you want to achieve. Everyone agrees that your learning journey is the most important thing to us. Your education, your goals, your needs, your transformation… those are what matter most. Should you need anything, please reach out. UFV is full of people dedicated to supporting your needs while you’re on this journey.

As a member of our community, we’re looking to you to play your part, too. Help us build. Connect with your classmates, join clubs, mentor others, volunteer, engage in community-based projects and learning, and look for opportunities to connect, build, and grow. Share your ideas for change. Take what you learn back to your communities – both local and global – and become a leader in building safe and inclusive communities. Contribute to the social, cultural, economic, and environmentally-sound development of communities in the Fraser Valley and beyond.

UFV is committed to changing lives and building community. We look forward to witnessing your transformation and welcome you to our community.

Dr. Alisa Webb
Vice President, Students

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