Young Feminist Leadership Academy 2020

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Young Feminist Leadership Academy--a program of Young Women Writing for (a) Change®:
Inspiring Future Leaders

The YFLA course helps young women and trans youth develop into strong leaders and doers through a combination of writing, reflection, and discussion, as well as group and individual projects. The four-month course is designed to support and inspire young people to reach for their full potential as feminist leaders in today’s society.

YFLA is open to young women and TGNC youth, in grades 8-12, who have previously participated in WWf(a)C programming.

"Participating in YFLA was fundamental in developing the person I am today. I'm so grateful I had this opportunity to develop my social consciousness and support system before going to college. I feel more equipped to say what I feel, listen actively, and be a vocal, present leader in my own communities thanks to YFLA." -Maura O'Dea, 2018 YFLA Graduate

Participants will:

  • Attend two weekend retreats and one summer week where they will learn about feminist frameworks and explore conscious feminine leadership models.
  • Attend four virtual workshops where they will receive practicum feedback and develop practical leadership skills.
  • Develop and conduct a practicum project of their own design while receiving one-on-one mentoring.
  • Become eligible to work as a paid teen assistant during future Summer Camps.

What's a Practicum Project?

The culmination of the YFLA course is the practicum project. YFLA participants will design and implement an individual project that challenges their leadership and reflects their passions. Examples of past practicums include:

  • Facilitating a circle series for middle schoolers on identity and expression
  • Completing an individual photography project on body image
  • Organizing and directing a community performance of The Vagina Monologues

All of the online YFLA information is available in a printable flyer!

Origins of YFLA

Mary Pierce Brosmer, founder of Women Writing for (a) Change, designed the Feminist Leadership Academy (now known as the Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy) for adult women, out of her realization that many aspects of the WWf(a)C model inspire and support women's growth as leaders. The YFLA program is adapted from this model to serve young women and trans youth. The first and most important resource of both programs is membership in a body of becoming-conscious, truth-telling leaders. The Young Feminist Leadership Academy shares Mary's goal of expanding deepening leadership for the future of WWf(a)C and YWWf(a)C.

Schedule, Tuition and Facilitator Information

Welcome Retreat (Finalized Dates TBD)

Off-site Residential Retreat in Cincinnati area
April 3-5 OR April 17-19 (Fri 5 pm - Sun 3 pm) 

Summer Session
at Women Writing for (a) Change
June 8-12 (10 am - 3 pm plus individual study/reading/writing time)

Virtual Class 1: June 28, 1-4 pm
Virtual Class 2: July 12, 1-4 pm
Virtual Class 3: July 19, 1-4 pm
Virtual Class 4: July 26, 1-4 pm

Graduation Retreat
at Women Writing for (a) Change
August 8-9

Tuition: $1,250
Includes reading materials, course binder, and crafting supplies; planning and instruction by facilitators, mentors, and guest artists; accommodations, meals, and snacks for Welcome & Graduation Retreats.

Payment plan involves $350 deposit due one week prior to the 1st session, followed by monthly payments of $300 for 3 months, with remaining balance paid in full prior to Graduation. Additional costs may include materials used to supplement the course.

*Scholarships/installment plans are available, based on financial need. To download a scholarship application, click here.


Liv Linn has been taking classes, facilitating camps and a previous YFLA, and making trouble at WWf(a)C since she was eight years old. Liv's passions have always been at the intersection of feminism and storytelling in many mediums, including podcasting, zines, and oral history. She currently hikes, works as a survivor advocate, and eats a lot of dal in Durham, NC.

Lisa Rocklin is the Executive Director of WWf(a)C and a long-time facilitator of youth programs. After completing the Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy (CFLA) in 2015, she did another brave thing and transitioned from 21 years as a high school English teacher to become a staff member at Women Writing.

How Do I Learn More About YFLA?

Our Information Sessions have been held. However, if you are still interested, please contact Lisa Rocklin for details.

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*All applications (including scholarship apps) are due by Monday, March 2, 2020, however late applications may be considered.

*Applicants will be notified with a decision no later than Monday, March 16, 2020.