Young Women's Preparatory Network

Dallas, TX   |  www.youngwomensprep.org

Mission

To support single-gender, college-preparatory, public education in Texas and beyond, giving young women the academic and leadership skills to achieve success in college and in life.

Ruling year info

2004

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Lynn McBee

Main address

1722 Routh Street, Suite 720

Dallas, TX 75201 USA

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EIN

47-0902114

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Through our Network of schools, YWPN is leveling the educational playing field for underserved girls. For the 2020 – 2021 school year, we are educating more than 5,000 students statewide. Our schools provide our students with access to quality PUBLIC education. We serve girls who come from single-family households, girls who come from poverty, girls who work after school to support their families, and girls who are often the translators for their families. These are girls who are full of promise who would not reach their full potential through enrollment in a traditional public school. The single-gender school environment provides opportunities for girls to grow academically and socially-emotionally inside and outside of the classroom. As a result, our students graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college and, ultimately, their careers.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

To and Through College Program

The To and Through College Program is a statewide program that provides college readiness programming to enhance the school district curriculum on each of our school campuses. Through educational opportunities provided through the Program, we ensure our girls graduate from high school prepared for success in post-secondary education.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Percentage of students who graduate high school

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

To and Through College Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Since 2009, 100% of the students enrolled in our network schools have graduate high school.

Percentage of students accepted to college

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Ethnic and racial groups, Adolescents

Related Program

To and Through College Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Since our first graduating class in 2009, 100% of the students enrolled in our statewide network of schools have been accepted to college.

Percentage of students who matriculate to college the semester after high school graduation.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

To and Through College Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Of the graduating classes from 2009-2019, 94% of alumnae matriculated to college the semester after high school graduation. Data for the Class of 2020 will be available in the fall of 2021.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to ensure the students enrolled in our Network of all-girls, college-preparatory, PUBLIC schools graduate high school prepared to persist in and graduate from college.

YWPN engenders change in public education by using an innovative model that supports public-private partnerships to enhance public education across Texas. Public schools are the most significant driver of opportunity and equity in the country, and education has the power to lift up girls and transform their lives. We believe it is critically important to work within the public school system, where the need is greatest, to serve girls. Through our school district partnerships, we create innovative all-girls schools where each young woman receives:

• Rigorous academic coursework and extended-learning opportunities in PREPARATION for college-level academics.
• Thorough college admissions advisement necessary to ACCESS AND AFFORD her best-fit college.
• CONFIDENCE building experiences that develop the leadership and self-advocacy skills needed to navigate the challenging college environment successfully.

We are the ONLY organization of our kind working hand-in-hand with the public school district to affect change within public education across Texas. To date, we have a Network of nine all-girls, college preparatory, public schools across Texas in Austin, Dallas, El Paso (Ysleta ISD), Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Houston, Lubbock, Midland, and San Antonio. Every YWPN school offers Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement courses in the core subjects and an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Our schools serve students in the 6th - 12th grades and are among the top public schools in Texas and the nation. Most recently, all six of our eligible schools were listed as among the Top 75 Public High Schools in Texas by the U.S. News and World Report and among the 250 Most Challenging High Schools in the Nation by the Washington Post.

YWPN is considered the leader in all-girls public education in Texas with a proven track-record of opening all-girls public schools and the implementation of best practices within our statewide network of Young Women's Leadership Schools. Our schools serve girls in the 6th -12th grades. All are located in struggling urban neighborhoods. By leveraging the public school dollar to maximize the potential of public education, all of the schools have proven to be very successful.

We are regularly called upon by other school districts and schools to share insight into the success of our network of schools. We provide guidance to new single-gender public schools where we share best practices. We also serve on the Board of the National Coalition of Girls Schools, the largest single-gender, public school network in the country.

To date, seven of our schools have had graduating classes. We are proud to share the following results:

Percentage of students who graduate high school: 100%
Percentage of students who are accepted to college: 100%
Percentage of students who matriculate to college: 93% (Classes of 2009-2018).
Percentage of alumnae who graduate from college:
Our six year college graduation rate is three times the national average (21%) for students who graduate from high poverty high schools.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We proudly serve 5,000 young women in Texas public schools, grades 6to 12. A majority of these young women are students of color, live in low-income households, and will likely be first-generation college attendees. Many of the girls will also be first-generation high school graduates. 69% of our students are Latina, 15% Black, 12% White, and 4% considered two or more races, American-Indian, or Asian. 92% of our students at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy—San Antonio and at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy—Ysleta are Latina. Our deserving students live in areas with some of the lowest college-ready graduation rates in the state. 62% of our students live in low-income households. In Dallas County, the percentage skyrockets to 81%.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Young Women's Preparatory Network

Board of directors
as of 8/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Matt Adams

Northern Trust

Term: 2018 -

Michele Snyder

Ursuline Academy

Barbara Lerner

Texas Woman's University

Laura Estrada

Garza Business Services

Christine Breck

Longstone Capital Advisors

Lisa Cooley

Sharonda Pruitt

Texas A&M Commerce

Whitney Lewis

Carlson Capital

Charlie Buescher

McCarthy Building Companies

Tiffany Cason

Capital One

Kelly Tacke

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/11/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data