For the 11th year, the Junior League of Bronxville (JLB) partnered with Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE) to celebrate the accomplishments of Yonkers high school students and provide essential supplies as they embark on their college journeys.
On June 27th, the JLB hosted a dorm drive for incoming YPIE college freshmen at Value Drugs in Bronxville. The JLB, in conjunction with their Erica Sevilla Service Award, generously gave each student a gift card to Value Drugs and a gift card to Target to complete their college dorm shopping. Students filled their bags with storage containers, shower caddies, slippers, and more, accompanied by a JLB volunteer during their shopping. Value Drugs provided a discount on all items and kept the store open late for the event.
“This has been incredible for me. It’s the perfect start to my college adventure and it shows that no matter what situation you are in, there’s always help and support,” shared Alejandra, an incoming college student at SUNY Purchase College.
The Junior League of Bronxville, Inc. is an organization of women whose mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training. The Dorm Drive is one of many programs the JLB has created to meet the most pressing needs in our community.
YPIE partners with students across the Yonkers Public Schools to ensure that thousands of low-income students are prepared for college success. This year’s selected recipients, many the first in their families to attend college, will attend Boston University, Mount Holyoke College, Stony Brook University, SUNY Binghamton University, and the University of Virginia, among others.
“College is really expensive with tuition and room and board as is,” stated Ashlee, an incoming college student at Oakwood University. “Not a lot of people think about what am I going to need for my dorm, so this has been really helpful.”
Thanks to the Junior League of Bronxville, these students feel more confident and excited to start their college experience.