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Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN) is a nonprofit provider of educational services delivered in partnership with public schools serving high-need communities in New York City. YWLN supports two life-changing programs that serve our mission to empower low-income youth to break the cycle of poverty through education: The Young Women's Leadership Schools (TYWLS), a high-performing network of all-girls public secondary schools; and CollegeBound Initiative (CBI), comprehensive college guidance and success program for young women and men.
In 1996, Ann and Andrew Tisch partnered with New York City Board of Education to open The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem, the first public, all-girls school to open in the United States in thirty years. Their vision was to provide a high-quality, college preparatory choice to underserved girls and their families. The schools provide year-round programming to develop students’ competence in four core areas: 1) college and career preparation; 2) science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); 3) health and wellness; and 4) leadership development. TYWLS has since grown to a network of five schools serving nearly 2,000 students. CBI began in 2000 as the college guidance and success program at our all-girls flagship, working to ensure that every student has access to and can afford a college education. CBI’s success led to its replication into 19 public schools serving 10,000 young men and women.
Since 2001, TYWLS students have achieved average 97% high school graduation and 99.8% college acceptance rates. Also, more than 4,600 students (83% of graduating seniors) served by TYWLS and CBI have enrolled in college with nearly $70 million in financial aid. Data supported by a third-party evaluation show that TYWLS alumnae earn four-year college degrees at more than triple the rate of their low-income peers, and CBI alumni achieve four-year degrees at more than double the rate.
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