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MLP Big Brother Application

MLP Big Brother Application

Thank you for your interest in joining the Men's Leadership Project in 2019-2020! 
MLP Big Brother applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now!

The Men’s Leadership Project is an innovative community-based leadership development and mentoring program that pairs UVA undergraduate men with local middle school boys. The big brothers and little brothers build strong, respectful relationship that help them both to grow as leaders in their schools, communities and families.

Big and little brothers’ year together begins in the fall and continues through the school year. Big brothers must take Curry School courses with Dr. Chauncey Smith in order to ensure that they understand their little brothers’ challenges. These courses prepare the big brothers to be the strong mentors that the boys need to thrive in middle school and beyond. There is a 3 credit course in the Fall and a 1 credit course in the Spring that each meet one day per week.

A group of big brothers and little brothers spends one afternoon per week together at the little brothers’ middle school. Each pair of big and little brothers also gets together in their free time to do things they both enjoy. Activities such as a ropes course are used to bring the whole group together as a team and to challenge the boys to stretch themselves physically and emotionally.

Successful applicants should plan to complete a round of interviews and a background check in order to join the MLP cohort.

MLP is sponsored by the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center. Learn more about the Women's Center at:

Contact and Background Information *This question is required.
This question requires a valid date format of MM/DD/YYYY.
Please take a picture of the front of your license or ID and upload it here. Your file must be 500 KB or less to be uploaded, you can resize the file in whatever photo editing software is on your computer. *This question is required.
Permanent Address *This question is required.
Do you have a car here in Charlottesville that you will have access to for transportation to and from MLP meetings? (Having a car is a NOT a requirement for being in the program, but it is helpful for us to know how many of our Big Brothers have them.) *This question is required.
Please answer these questions in 250 words or less.
3. Have you ever taken a course that included a discussion or focus on masculinity theories, gender-based violence, or any other related topics? *This question is required.
6. Have you ever been arrested, charged, or convicted of a crime? *This question is required.

In addition, I recommend the following two people as personal and/or professional references for my application. (No written letters required) *This question is required.
Space Cell Reference 1Reference 2
We are required to conduct background checks of all MLP Big Brothers. If you are accepted to MLP, we will contact you for your social security number for that purpose.
I pledge that the information I have provided in this application is accurate. *This question is required.
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