• See STEP on August 4th! See new Ann Tisch HuffPost column in News!
  • The 2017 (Em)Power Breakfast is on October 10! Honoring Amanda Lipitz, Joanne Podell, Liz Robbins, and Kenya Barris. See news.
  • What a spectacular night! The 2017 CBI Event was a great success thanks to our supporters.  See honoree films in News & Events.
  • Celebrating 20 Years of Empowering TYWLS Students! See News & Events to read more!
  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor: A Highlight of YWLN's 20th Anniversary Year. See News!
  • Watch our films celebrating 20 years of impact! See News & Events.
  • 20 Years and Thousands of Lives! Read Ann Tisch's Huffington Post Article on the 20 Years of YWLN! See news.
  • See Usher Deliver Surprise College Acceptance! Watch the Video in News.
  • See YWLN's 20-Year Timeline Under News!
  • Watch CBI student Tyra’s surprise acceptance to Gettysburg College with Al Roker LIVE on the TODAY show! See news.
  • TYWLS of Astoria Teacher Andrea Chaves Named White House Champion of Change. See News!
  • So Proud of our CBI Students and their College Acceptances!
  • Noodle, a National Education Website, Ranks TYWLS of East Harlem Among Top Schools! See News and Events.
  • CollegeBound Initiative Counselor featured in the Daily News as a Hometown Hero! Visit News and Events for the full story.
  • Changing Education. Changing Generations.


  • _ddd6498_cropped 13,000 Since 2001, YWLN has helped more than 13,000 students enroll in college.
  • 20 Over the last 20 years, more than 13,000 of our students have been accepted to college and are planning to enroll.
  • Girls clapping 400% TYWLS alumnae achieve four-year college degrees at nearly four times the rate of their peers.
  • Student college acceptances $450M YWLN has generated more than $450 million in financial aid to make college affordable for low-income students.
  • 18,000 In 2016-2017, YWLN will serve more than 18,000 students in the 6th-12th grades.
  • 4X CBI participants graduating from partner high schools achieve four-year college degrees at nearly quadruple the rate of their peers.

Many thanks to our leading funders...

Bloomberg Philanthropies Coach Foundation News Corp JPMorgan Chase & Co. Barclays Citi Foundation Credit Suisse Americas Foundation Estée Lauder Companies Prudential Foundation

YWLN supports two life-changing programs that empower students to break the cycle of poverty through education: 

Some of Our Graduates

  • Ymln_students_03 Christina R. Hunter College
  • Ymln_students_05 James R. Wheaton College
  • Amber shamburger_web Amber S. SUNY Albany
  • Ymln_students_09 Ashley M. Bates College
  • Ymln_students_11 Dennis W. Middlebury College
  • Tywls_web3 Carla G. Dartmouth College
  • Chantalweb Chantal S. Albertus Magnus College


See STEP on August 4th! Read Ann Tisch's Huffington Post Column!

STEP -- in the Movies on August 4th! Read YWLN Founder Ann Tisch's Huffington Post piece here! Then grab some popcorn and go and see how the Moms, college counselor, principal, and their coach... More Info

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