Through a partnership with Skyland Elementary School, The Women and Gender Resource Center offers two gender-based leadership programs, each with unique pillars customized to the needs of 4th and 5th graders in our community.

Applications are typically due in early September, though these deadlines are sometimes extended. Applicants will be contacted about training dates and times. Attendance at training is mandatory. Mentoring program registration is available online.

Legendary Leaders Mentoring Program

The Young Women Leaders Program is an excellent opportunity for college women to make friends, become engaged in their community, and to work as mentors with young girls.

In the program, we spend ten weeks in the fall doing our mentorship training. This training spans from social justice discussion and education, to the fundamentals of mentoring, and finally to professional development opportunities. We discuss feminist leadership, intersectionality, the socialization of gender, and many other topics. The training in the fall is there to help you learn about mentoring, but also to help you learn about yourself and the world around you.

In the spring we go to Skyland Elementary School to work as mentors with 4th and 5th grade girls. We have a variety of topics we cover, but each one relates back to one of our three educational pillars: connection, leadership, and identity. We discuss things like “What does it mean to be a girl?” and “What does it mean to be a leader?” We have fun with activities like building balloon towers to demonstrate the importance of teamwork, or doing Simon Says –style races in the school gym to demonstrate leadership. The kids are fun, engaged, and always bring something new and exciting to mentoring every week.

If this program sounds at all intriguing, please do not hesitate to contact our facilitator, Elizabeth Lester, at or 205-348-5040 to learn more. Or, you can go ahead fill out the mentor registration online.

About the facilitator:

Elizabeth Lester was born and raised in the state of Alabama. She is from Auburn and decided to make her family angry by doing her Women’s Studies masters at Alabama after doing her undergraduate degree in English Literature at Auburn. She loves the movie When Harry Met Sally and the films of Studio Ghibli (especially Howl’s Moving Castle), collecting houseplants, and giving unasked for advice. She is a Virgo, with everything positive that entails and none of the negative. Her favorite thing about the Young Women Leaders Program is the time she gets to spend with the mentors in the fall training and working with the children at Skyland.

Prior to Fall 2024, Legendary Leaders Mentoring Program was divided into two separate, gender-based mentoring program called The Young Women Leaders Program and the Young Men’s Leadership Program. The program as it is today includes the pillars from each of those programs and follows the same format as far as training mentors in the fall and mentoring Skyland students in the Spring.