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Young Women's Leaders Program Holds UVA Day

Posted: Updated: March 23, 2013 06:42 PM EDT

Charlottesville and Albemarle Middle School girls got a taste of college life and beyond Saturday at UVA Day.

The students met up with their big sisters from the University of Virginia's Young Women Leaders Program and tried out different careers in workshops led by women who work in the Charlottesville area.

The students learned about being a veterinarian, a Zumba instructor, and even an NBC29 reporter.

"We get to learn about people in different professions, recent UVA grads or people who work at UVA and it's just a really great opportunity for the middle school girls and for us college girls to see what education can do for them," said Paula Turcotte, a big sister.

The Young Women Leaders Program partners with Charlottesville and Albemarle Middle Schools to pair young girls up with big sisters.

The UVA mentors spend at least one afternoon a week with their little sisters during the school year.

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