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CollegeBound Initiative

  • CollegeBound Initiative
  • 322 8th Avenue
    14th Floor
  • New York, NY 10001
  • 212-207-3221
  • 1996
  • Brandon Thomas
  • Director of College Counseling at Health Opportunities HS

Program Description

In 1996, Ann and Andrew Tisch partnered with the New York City Board of Education to open The Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem - the first public all-girls school to open in the United States in 30 years. Their vision was to provide economically disadvantaged girls with a high-quality college preparatory education modeled upon the finest private schools.

We now have a network of five high-performing TYWLS public schools in New York City, serving more than 1,900 students. The success of our girls' schools has inspired the opening of dozens of single-sex schools nationwide, including affiliates in Illinois, Maryland, New York, and Texas. Our schools continue to be a model for single-gender public schools across the country. In 1998, Young Women's Leadership Network, a not-for-profit organization, was created to make our programming available to more students. YWLN supports two programs that provide college readiness and college access to low-income public school students:

  • The Young Women's Leadership Schools
  • CollegeBound Initiative
  • CBI empowers young women and men to realize their higher education and life potential by placing full-time college guidance experts in high-need public schools. CBI counselors maximize students' college awareness, access, and financial aid awards.

    CBI participants graduating from our partner high schools achieve four-year college degrees at more than double the rate of their peers.

    CBI places full-time college guidance experts in public schools to work one-on-one with every student as early as the sixth grade. We combine intimate knowledge of our students and trusted connections with a diverse network of colleges, enabling us to optimize college placement and maximize financial aid. Our comprehensive approach creates a culture of success in each of our partner high schools. And the results are clear - we have 12 consecutive years of demonstrated success in increasing the college enrollment and attainment rate for low-income students. For CBI students, the question is not if but where they will go to college.

    Services Provided

    • College admissions guidance and counseling
    • College fairs/campus visits
    • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
    • SAT/ACT and other test preparation



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