Clinton recognized her not only as a top undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, but also because two years earlier, at 17, she founded Women and Youth Supporting Each Other in Los Angeles, where she was born. The group's goals are to teach women leadership skills and reduce high pregnancy rates. It is now a national organization with 12 chapters in six states.
She says she created the group because she was angry at the way teachers constantly told her and her classmates that they would probably get pregnant and not make it through high school. As it turned out, some classmates fulfilled that prophecy. "I wanted to find a way to provide something with more opportunity, more options and more self-esteem," she says.