TYWLS empower young women to achieve their higher education dreams and to fulfill their learning and leadership potential.
Seanna V., a member of the TYWLS of East Harlem Class of 2015, shares her poem on how TYWLS has changed her life.
Alumnae from The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem achieve four-year college degrees at approximately triple the rate of their peers.
The Young Women’s Leadership Schools are privately supported 6th – 12th grade public secondary schools that promote high-quality student learning opportunities in and out of school. Our schools provide a single-sex educational choice for predominantly low-income students who will be the first in their families to attend college. Students are admitted based upon their interest and commitment to a obtaining a single-sex and college preparatory education. TYWLS are open to girls of all academic abilities.
Girls’ education research guides the TYWLS model, and our schools combine the best practices of all-girls education with effective strategies that address the array of challenges faced by at-risk students. The result is an academically rigorous program fused with strong social-emotional support that forms the basis of TYWLS’ “whole girl” approach to education.
In 1996, YWLN opened the United States’ first public all-girls school in 30 years, The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem. The success of our flagship school has inspired the opening of dozens of single-sex schools nationwide, including several affiliates.