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Our "Why?"

We Believe

  • 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.

 

Our "Why?"

"A college degree is the most reliable way to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty"
The Brookings Institution

Readiness

Only about a third of US high school seniors are prepared for college-level coursework in math and reading
National Assessment of Educational Progress

Enrollment

A low-income student is 29% less likely to enroll in postsecondary education directly after high school than a high-income student
NCAN

Persistance

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 
US Department of Education

The Yonkers Context

  • Yonkers is the fourth largest school district in NY State with almost 27,000 students
  • 80% of Yonkers high school students qualify for free/reduced lunch 
  • 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
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92 Main Street

Yonkers, NY 10701

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