Young ATHENA Leadership Program


ATHENA Valley of the Sun strives to support, honor and develop the next generation of women leaders.

The Young Athena (YA) Leadership Program is based on efforts established through ATHENA International’s affiliated chapter, ATHENA Valley of the Sun (AVOS). The ATHENA Leadership Model® recognizes the attributes of leadership that are intuitive in women and is based on extensive research encompassing hundreds of women.  These attributes were identified as Leadership principles to live and lead by they are:  Live Authentically; Learn Constantly, Build Relationships; Foster Collaboration; Advocate Fiercely; Act Courageously; Give Back and Celebrate.


This program offers high school young women, in grades 9 – 12, a unique opportunity to explore eight leadership principles through training, service learning activities, and motivational experiences. It is a 2-phase program with all applicants participating in phase 1 and six identified junior and senior YA leaders moving on to phase 2.

Six Young Athena (YA) leaders will be selected from those participants in phase I to be selected for the ATHENA leadership principle they demonstrate. They will be recognized at the annual AVOS ATHENA Awards event.

During the Award Event, the Young ATHENAs will develop questions and facilitate the panel discussion for the HAIL Award recipients and they will present the Award to the recipient.

The Young ATHENA will have the opportunity to be mentored by the HAIL AWARD Recipient for a minimum of three times over six months.

Young ATHENA Elevate My Voice Workshop

This ½ day workshop is offered to young women in Arizona high Schools throughout the valley. During this training, the eight ATHENA Leadership principles will be presented and discussed. Each participant will develop her own Leadership Storyboard that represents how she demonstrates each of the principles.

To request a workshop at your school please fill out our contact us form on our webpage.


AVOS-YA Clubs are a way to experience and practice your leadership skills while you are in high school.  You will be provided with a sample charter for organizing a club, Facilitators Guide describing ways to set up a meeting, what to bring, and how to prepare. Each of your  club members will receive an ATHENA Workbook to use in your club meeting discussions.

To find out more information about starting a club at your high school, fill out our contact us form on our webpage.

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If you are ready to be recognized as one of the six amazing Young ATHENAs for 2020-2021 YA, submit your application to ATHENA Valley of the Sun and be ready to shine!

Please submit your application to ATHENA Valley of the Sun by January 3, 2021>>

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