All young people, regardless of zip code, are entitled to a quality education, and a chance to discover their passions and share their talents with the world.
Readiness for, access to, and persistence in college are essential to escape the cycle of poverty.
"A college degree is the most reliable way to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty"
The Brookings Institution
Only about a third of US high school seniors are prepared for college-level coursework in math and reading
A low-income student is 29% less likely to enroll in postsecondary education directly after high school than a high-income student
Just 9% of students from the lowest income quartile graduate with a bachelor's degree by age 24, compared to 77% for the top income quartile
The Yonkers Context
Yonkers is the fourth largest school district in NY State with almost 27,000 students
The largest population of immigrants and English language learners in Westchester
The ratio of guidance counselors to students is approximately 1:500
Most students will be the first in their family to attend college