Who We Are


  • _ddd6498_cropped 6,500 Since 2001, YWLN has helped more than 6,500 students enroll in college.
  • 8% In the United States, only 8% of low-income young adults achieve a college degree.
  • Girls clapping 300% TYWLS alumnae achieve four-year college degrees at nearly triple the rate of their peers.
  • Student college acceptances $200M YWLN has generated more than $200 million in financial aid to make college affordable for low-income students.
  • 14,500 In 2015-2016, YWLN will serve more than 14,500 students in the 6th-12th grades.
  • 2X CBI participants graduating from partner high schools achieve four-year college degrees at nearly double 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



"When I heard your stories, I saw my life in your lives… Girls, you have proven that this is what public education can be."
"The Young Women’s Leadership School is one of the premiere public schools in the nation. We could use more schools such as this... There should not be any obstacle to providing single-sex choice within the public school system."

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Our Team


Mrs. Ann Rubenstein Tisch

Founder, Chair of the Board, and President

Ann Rubenstein Tisch is the Founder and President of a groundbreaking and high-performing network of all-girls’ public schools in New York City, the Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN). There are currently five schools in New York City. There are also girls' school af...

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