Youth Development

Young Womens Leadership Network Inc

  • New York, NY
  • www.ywln.org

Mission Statement

Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN) supports two life-changing programs that empower youth to break the cycle of poverty through education: The Young Women’s Leadership Schools (TYWLS), a high performing network of all-girls public secondary schools, and CollegeBound Initiative (CBI), a comprehensive college guidance program for young women and men.

Main Programs

  1. The Young Women's Leadership Schools (TYWLS)
  2. CollegeBound Initiative (CBI)
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

New YorkPhiladelphia

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Ms. Anne Adler

Keywords

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Girls, Young Women, Network, TYWLS, single-gender, CollegeBound, college, college access, public/private partnerships, school choice, all-girls schools, inner city, low income teens, youth

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Also Known As

Young Women's Leadership Network

EIN

06-1517218

 Number

6623742550

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In the United States, only 8% of low-income students earn a college degree. Over their lifetime, a college graduate earns over $1 million more than a high school drop-out. YWLN serves low-income students from non-college educated households who are most vulnerable to being denied college access. Our programs work: alumnae from TYWLS of East Harlem achieve four-year college degrees at nearly triple the rate of their peers, and CBI participants graduating from our partner high schools achieve four-year college degrees at more than double the rate of their peers!
 
 "The more I thought about it, the more I realized that if it were not for TYWLS, my life would have been completely different... Thanks to TYWLS, I will be a college graduate." -Sonia, TYWLS of East Harlem, Class of 2009; currently enrolled at Bates College
 
"CBI has opened a window of opportunities that were out of my reach. I hope to succeed in my goal of becoming a defense attorney. I know, thanks to CollegeBound, I am well on my way." -James, CBI Class of 2010; currently enrolled at Wheaton College

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The Young Women's Leadership Schools (TYWLS)

Through its network of high-performing all-girls public schools, TYWLS
supports young women in achieving their higher education dreams and fulfilling
their learning and leadership potential. TYWLS are privately supported 6th
– 12th grade public secondary schools that promote high-quality
student learning opportunities in and out of school and 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” education. 
As each TYWLS school grows to include a 10th grade, YWLN hires and places at that school a full-time college counselor. CollegeBound Initiative (CBI), a program of YWLN, is a year-round comprehensive college guidance program
that works with student from the 6th – 12th grades to ensure that they
have access to and can afford a college education. CBI’s full-time school-based
counselor works closely with principals and teachers to create a college-going
culture that raises parent and student expectations. Counselors guide students
to overcome personal, cultural and financial barriers to college entry through
early college awareness activities; application, financial aid and enrollment
support. As a result, CBI increases
students’ college enrollment rates and helps secure the critical financial aid
that makes higher education affordable and achievable.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$2,094,366.00

Program 2

CollegeBound Initiative (CBI)

CBI empowers young women and men to realize their higher education
potential by placing full-time college guidance experts in high need public
schools. CBI is a comprehensive college
guidance program delivered by a full-time, school-based college counselor at
each of our partner schools. CBI counselors deliver services to students in the
6th-12th grades that include early college awareness, application and
enrollment assistance, financial aid counseling for parents and students,
experiential/pre-college learning, and alumni support. Counselors guide
students to overcome personal, cultural, and financial barriers to going and
staying in college. For CBI students, the question is not if but where they
will go to college.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$3,341,748.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

New YorkPhiladelphia

Funding Needs

Support for coed CollegeBound Initiative to provide a full-time college guidance counselor in a high-need public school; and to provide programming including college trips, college fairs, and summer programs on college campus. CBI support is also needed for capacity-building, such as increasing the number of students served and programming around early awareness and alumni support. Support is needed for all-girls programming at The Young Women’s Leadership Schools, including summer programs and programming in the areas of early college and career awareness, science, engineering, technology and math, leadership, health & wellness, classroom grants, principal and teacher professional development. General operating support is also very much needed and appreciated.

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YOUNG WOMEN' S LEADERSHIP NETWORK, INC.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Young Womens Leadership Network Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Anne Adler

BIO

Anne formerly led the start up of READ, a nonprofit literacy organization which provides intensive, research-based reading intervention to 1st grade and kindergarten children identified by their teachers as struggling with learning to read.  During Anne’s seven year tenure as READ’s President, the organization grew from serving approximately 250 children and teens annually to serving 2,500 children and teens each year.  Prior to serving as READ’s President, Anne coordinated the opening of one of New York City’s first charter schools in Brooklyn in 2000 as Director of Charter Schools for the Beginning with Children Foundation. Anne started her career at American Express in 1991 and held sales and marketing positions of increasing levels of responsibility there until 1998. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and a graduate Degree in International and Comparative Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ann Rubenstein Tisch

Founder, YWLN

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