1996: Ann Tisch partners with the Board of Education to open The Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem. The pioneer class included 56 seventh-grade girls.
In 1996, Ann and Andrew Tisch partnered with the New York City Board of Education to open The Young Women’s Leadership School (TYWLS) of East Harlem – the first public all-girls school to open in the United States in 30 years. Their vision was to provide girls growing up in low-income communities with a high-quality college preparatory education modeled upon the finest private schools. Today the Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN) serves more than 2,400 students through our five all-girls’ public schools in New York City and nearly 8,000 through our 14 national TYWLS’ affiliates. Moreover, the success of our girls’ schools has inspired the opening of dozens of single-sex schools nationwide. In 2001, with a vision for making the dream of college a reality for low-income and first-generation college students, YWLN launched the co-educational CollegeBound Initiative (CBI). Today more than 18,000 students in 35 New York City schools are served through CBI, which places full-time college counselors in schools who, just as in the best private schools, do it all. CBI's Directors of College Counseling help students with college selection, tours, test prep, financial aid, scholarship resources, applications, essays, and interviews. The sole responsibility of CBI Directors of College Counseling is to create a college going culture across their schools, working with students as early as sixth grade. Since its inception 15 years ago, CBI has generated more than $300 million in financial aid and scholarships to make college more affordable and accessible.
Celebrate 20 years of YWLN! Read an anniversary message from founder Ann Tisch here.
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