Young Ladies in Leadership

YLLMiddle School students participate in clubs each Friday afternoon during the final period of the day. These classes range from Rock Climbing to Jazz Band to Young Ladies in Leadership. We asked eighth-graders Ashton D. and Erin B., who serve as the co-presidents of Young Ladies in Leadership, to give us a snapshot of what their organization is all about.

By Ashton D. and Erin B., Class of 2018

Young Ladies in Leadership is a club made up of seventh and eighth-grade young ladies who aspire to be innovators in their community. In our experience Young Ladies in Leadership is not only a club but also a family. It’s a place where we can go to talk about the things going on in our lives and feel comfortable while being surrounded by like-minded girls. At our age, many young women find themselves doubting their capabilities and unique characteristics. With a club like Young Ladies in Leadership, feeling alone seems like less of an outcome. Not only does the club give us a sense of ownership, but we also get to develop social skills and interact with people who are less fortunate than we are.

Recently we went to a luncheon at the Charlotte World Affairs Council and listened to Hilarie Bass, president of the American Bar Association, speak about what it takes to become a well-renowned leader such as herself. One of the members in YLL asked her what kind of setbacks she endured while getting to the place that she is now. “I didn’t let people tell me I couldn’t do it,” she said. As the young women that we are, hearing those words from her helped many of us gain the amount of confidence that we need to believe in ourselves.

Last year, the members of our club went to Crisis Assistance Ministry to provide breakfast for hundreds of people waiting in line for financial assistance. On March 15, we are going back to do the same thing and hope to make a greater impact on our society.   

In conclusion, the goal of Young Ladies in Leadership is to encourage young ladies to feel self-assured and to teach them to be leaders who are proud of who they are and what they stand for, without anyone telling them differently. 

“The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued.” – Michelle Obama

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