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WIL Success Story
First Followers

Organization Mission

First Followers’ mission is to build strong and peaceful communities by providing support, guidance, and hope to formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones through peer mentorship. (firstfollowersreentry.com)


Organizational Challenge

Increasing awareness of the organization and its mission on campus.


Women in Leadership Team’s Solution

The team developed a ‘Mass Incarceration Week’ and planned events throughout campus. Some of the events included a panel discussion and speech from State Representative Carol Ammons.



WIL interns increased awareness around the issues of mass incarceration, and allowed students to see the work that First Followers is doing to help solve this problem.

Interested in having a positive impact on our community like the First Followers team?

Email kate@ywcauofi.org to be notified when the 2020-21 application opens!