Who We Are


  • _ddd6498_cropped 10,000 Since 2001, YWLN has helped more than 10,000 students enroll in college.
  • 20 Over the last 20 years, more than 10,000 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 $300M YWLN has generated more than $300 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.

Our Mission

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

  • The Young Women's Leadership Schools.

    A high-performing network of all-girls public secondary schools.Learn More

  • CollegeBound Initiative.

    A comprehensive college guidance program for young women and men.Learn More



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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.
3 seniors 2006
1997: TYWLS of East Harlem launches the high school class with 9th graders while continuing to build the middle school.

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Our Team


Mrs. Ann Rubenstein Tisch

Founder and President

Ann Rubenstein Tisch is the Founder and President of Young Women's Leadership Network (YWLN), an organization that operates The Young Women's Leadership Schools (TYWLS), a network of all-girls public schools, and CollegeBound Initiative (CBI), a co-ed college access program.

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