Men/Women of Color, Honor, and Ambition (MOCHA/WOCHA) 

Men/Women of Color, Honor, and Ambition (MOCHA/WOCHA) 

The Men of Color, Honor, and Ambition and Women of Color, Honor, and Ambition (MOCHA/WOCHA) programs at the University of Virginia and nearby school districts are designed to develop successful leaders of tomorrow, today. These one year-long programs are currently accepting applications for the 2022-23 academic year, and are open to all UVA undergraduate students as well as middle and high schoolers in the region regardless of race or ethnicity. MOCHA/WOCHA will provide opportunities for academic, personal, and professional growth, and leadership development. Participants engage in development sessions and receive mentoring from members of the broader community. The UVA undergraduates receive mentoring and provide mentoring to high school students who will in turn mentor middle schoolers.

The guiding principles of MOCHA/WOCHA are: 
  • Ambition

  • Achievement

  • Integrity

  • Service

  • Health/Wellness

 

For Middle/High School Students

Students in grades 7-12 in the Jefferson District and Central VA who are interested in participating can contact Joshua Epps, MOCHA/WOCHA Program Coordinator, at xqn8yu@virginia.edu, with questions. The 22-23 application for students in grades 7-12 can be accessed and filled out here.

Benefits of Participation for High School/Middle School Students:

  • Stipends for providing mentoring (high school).
  • Opportunities to earn a Chromebook or professional attire, based on meeting participation expectations.
  • Access to leadership development workshops.
  • Opportunities to forge relationships while making a positive impact on the greater Charlottesville Community through service. 
  • Outings/trip costs covered by program.
For Undergraduate Students

UVA students can contact Joshua Epps (xqn8yu@virginia.edu) with questions about applying to the program for the 22-23 academic year. The 22-23 application for undergraduate students can be accessed and filled out here. The program is open to all UVA undergraduate students.

Benefits of Participation for Undergraduate Students:

  • Stipends and other incentives for program completion and providing mentoring.
  • Opportunities to earn professional attire, based on meeting participation expectations.   
  • Access to executive leadership development workshops and mentor trainings.
  • Opportunities to forge relationships while making a positive impact on the greater Charlottesville Community through service. 
  • Outings/trip costs covered by program.
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Two young women in conversation.
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