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YPIE was founded in 2007 to bring innovative solutions to the severely under-resourced Yonkers Public School district. Over the years, YPIE has evolved from its original program focused on college access for 12th-grade students to include college readiness beginning with 9th-grade students and a college persistence component with YPIE students in college.
YPIE currently provides college readiness, access, and persistence services to 1,200 students per year, approximately 25% of the high school students in the Yonkers Public Schools:
The third largest school district in NY State with almost 27,000 students
73% of Yonkers high school students are economically disadvantaged
The largest population of immigrants and English language learners in Westchester; 13% Multi-Lingual Learners / English Language Learners
The ratio of guidance counselors to students is approximately 1:500
Most students will be the first in their families to attend college
Diverse ethnicity: 62% Hispanic, 16% Black, 15% White, 5% Asian/Pacific Islander, 2% Multi-Racial
In 2015, YPIE opened an after-school academic space - the YPIE College Zone - to focus on rigorous academics, deep career skill-building, interwoven with social-emotional development and other 21st-century skills. Located in the historic Yonkers Trolley Barn building, the 5,200 square-foot learning facility is easily accessible in Downtown Yonkers.
YPIE also has College Centers located in each of the nine Yonkers public high schools.
YPIE Jersey City
In Fall 2023, YPIE will replicate its college success model in Jersey City, New Jersey. YPIE is partnering with the Jersey City Public Schools to launch YPIE Jersey City, bringing college readiness and access to Jersey City students. YPIE plans to recruit 9th-grade students in fall 2023 and 11th-grade students in spring 2024.
Jersey City is similar in size and demographics to Yonkers and has an absence of equitable services for students.
The third largest school district in NJ with almost 27,000 students
54% of Jersey City students qualify for free/reduced lunch
The ratio of guidance counselors to students is approximately 1:400
Students in Jersey City are 25% Black, 38% Hispanic, and 18% Asian
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