Welcome to the Young Women Leaders Program

Are you a high school girl in the Coachella Valley looking to thrive in your next phase in life - college? If so, you've come to the right place!

The Young Women Leaders Program is designed to empower students to achieve their dreams by:

  • honing your communication and presentation skills

  • understating your interests, talents and how they could best be utilized in the “real world” 

  • exploring various career paths and college majors

  • providing college and career advice

  • networking opportunities with successful women leaders

  • rewarding up to $2,500 in scholarship funds ($500 for community college students). 

This highly interactive and engaging program will be virtual (Zoom) for the 2021-2022 school year so the pressure of travel and the uncertainty of the ever-changing Covid will not deter your participation.  Beginning January 25, 2022, sessions will be held weekly (through early April) on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

Skill-based workshops include:

  • effective communication and presentation skills 

  • career exploration 

  • business etiquette

  • college application and essay support

  • networking and interviewing 

and so much more. 

Come learn from some of the most successful women of the Coachella Valley. 


Past YWL scholarship students are attending universities throughout the United States majoring in business, education, pre-medicine, and other interesting career fields.  Are you ready to be another scholarship award winner? 

And the best news - there is absolutely no cost to participate!

Awards are based on your:

  • engagement and participation in each of the virtual sessions (attendance and contribution) 

  • student project rating (a 3-minute video presentation on your learnings and future focus) 

  • scholarship application

Thanks to the generosity of the Women Leaders Forum members and local partners Theresa A. Mike Scholarship Foundation and OneFuture Coachella Valley there is $30,000 in scholarships available this year!  Please note that not all applicants will receive scholarships, although we strive to award as many as possible. To date, we have awarded over $740,000 in scholarships.  

Are you ready to be the next recipient?  If you are interested in participating, please use the "Register/Apply" button below. 

If you have difficulty applying, please join us for our next session on Tuesday, February 1st at 4 pm using this Zoom meeting link

Meeting ID: 310 497 4225
Passcode: Flourish

We're looking forward to an informative and impactful year. Come join us!  

Women Leaders:

Are you a successful professional woman in the Coachella Valley looking to make a difference in the life of a high school student?  Do you wish you had someone early on in your career journey to serve as a mentor and guide to you?  

Are you ready to…

If you would like additional information in volunteering as a speaker, career panelist, ambassador, or can provide virtual job shadow opportunities, please email us TODAY at YWL@wlfdesert.org