WV FREE Young Women’s Leadership Academy
WV FREE will welcome three outstanding students from around the state to their office this week for the WV FREE Young Women’s Leadership Academy. These women will learn about organizing, advocacy and messaging and will be armed with knowledge to positively advocate for reproductive justice as they head back to campus this fall! Meet these awesome students!
Amanda Schwartz is a senior at Marshall University, where she studies English with a concentration in Creative Nonfiction. In her spare time, she represents the Honors College in the Student Government Association, serves as Editor-in-Chief of Marshall’s literary magazine, Et Cetera, and volunteers with young 4-Hers in her hometown, Winfield, WV. She’s excited to be part of the WV FREE Young Women’s Leadership Academy because it’s an opportunity to learn more about how to encourage positive change in WV and meet other progressive people from her home state.
Kel’lese is a junior at West Virginia State University where she is a member of the cheerleading team, a student manager in the Student Union, the Social Activities Director for the upcoming school year and a member of many committees and organizations. She is extremely excited to be a part of the Young Women’s Leadership Academy because she believes she will gain knowledge that will help her in her personally and professionally. She is looking forward to meeting new people and learning how she can be a part of a change that she wants to see.
Danielle is from Martinsburg, WV and is a senior at Shepherd University where she studies International Political Science. She is the Secretary of Model United nations, Co-Captain of the dance team and part of the International Student Affairs Club, member of the Student Government Association and member of the Young Dems for the Eastern Panhandle. She is also a manager at Regal Cinemas and helped open a campaign center for Hillary Clinton. She is beyond excited to be a part of the Young Women’s Leadership Academy because she believes it is time for women to be recognized as equal. She says, “We are very capable of making decisions for ourselves and having someone controlling our wants is not acceptable. I strive at school and my workplace to teach others of feminism and why they should practice it and recognize the power that women are actually capable of.”