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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.
  • Post-secondary education is essential to upward economic mobility.
  • Readiness for, access to, and persistence in college are integral to degree attainment.

 

Our "Why?"

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

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

Only 23% of low-income high school students obtain a postsecondary credential by age 26, compared to 71% of high-income students.
National Center for Education Statistics

The Yonkers Context

  • Yonkers is the third 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