YumaPrep brings new meaning to professional development for young women:

  • What does it mean to be a competent professional with an eye to serving family and society?  
  • How can I be both a leader and a wise follower? 
  • Why are ethics and virtue crucial for authentic leadership?

The high schools years are important time for building character, developing good friendships and becoming a positive catalyst for change. YumaPrep offers professional and cultural seminars, discussion forums and individual mentoring to girls who want to make a positive impact on the world.

Freshmen attend seminars that help them discover their talents, navigate their high school years and make the most out of their new experience.

Sophomores and Juniors learn from professional women how to develop the leadership skills and virtues needed to succeed  at work and in life.  Participants explore how their talents relate to different careers.  Experienced women professionals will discuss the virtues need, challenges and steps to succeed in each field.  Professionals also lead interactive sessions that engage the students and give them a working knowledge of different careers.

Speakers for 2017-2018 include women professionals working in law, interior design, health care, education, media and entertainment, family management and persuasive writing. 

Seniors discuss the big issues they will face in college and the importance of making good choices that shape their futures. Program participants also  have the opportunity to attend a college-prep conference in Rome during Easter Week.


YumaPrep has provided me with an invaluable learning experience outside of the classroom, and I know I will be able to apply these lessons to my every day life.
— YumaPrep participant


DOWNLOAD OUR 2017-2018 Brochure!

  • Every 2nd Saturday October 2017 – May 2018
  • 2:00-4:30 P.M. 
  • Questions?  Email: YumaPrep
  • Cost?
    • Early-bird registration through September 30:  $325
    • Beginning October 1: $375
  • Send checks to: 4101 Yuma Street, NW Washington, DC
  • To pay online click here.


True leadership is grounded in the strength of virtue.  The mentoring opportunity for YumaPrep attendees focuses on virtue training in leadership for each grade level as follows:

  • Freshmen : Fortitude
  • Sophomores: Temperance
  • Juniors: Prudence
  • Seniors: Justice

This year YumaPrep participants attend the following high schools: 

Academy of the Holy Cross, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Bishop O’Connell, Colonial Forge, Hammond, Leonardtown, Lycee Rochambeau, Mount De Sales Academy, North County High, Oakcrest, St. John Paul the Great, St. Mary’s Annapolis, St. Mary’s Ryken, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, The Catholic High School of Baltimore, The Lab School of Washington, Trinity at Meadowview and Walther Johnson.

YumaPrep was an enlightening experience that helped me to put my future in perspective by showing me the potential I already have.
— YumaPrep participant