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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.
"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
Only 23% of low-income high school students obtain a postsecondary credential by age 26, compared to 71% of high-income students.
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
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