Quarterly Newsletter January 2017
Welcome to the new YPIE newsletter!
We are so excited to launch our new quarterly newsletter: A Slice of YPIE! 
Here we'll be sharing with you just a small taste of the incredible work happening daily with our students and volunteers. Thank you for being part of our community! 
Learn more and  get involved by visiting us  at ypie.org or on social media. 
In Honor of National Mentoring Month...
Did you know that YPIE relies on over 140 Graduation Coaches to mentor almost 300 YPIE Scholars during high school?  

In honor of National Mentoring Month, we're launching the new YPIE's Shining Stars section of our newsletter where w e will be highlighting our outstanding volunteers  and the students they work with. 
Graduation Coach Debbie Schoen and YPIE Scholar 2017 Samantha
We are so proud of YPIE's Shining Stars, Debbie & Samantha!

YPIE Graduation Coach Debbie Schoen just received some very exciting news from her YPIE Scholar, Samantha. Samantha was offered an Academic Scholarship from Elmira College for $100,000!  

Samantha shared how her mentor is helping her achieve her goal of attending college:

"I honestly think the college application process would be a lot more stressful without the extra support of YPIE and my Graduation Coach, Debbie. Debbie pushed me to do better and held my hands through the Summer College Essay Program, which gave me a head start on my college process. My Coach has made a huge difference in my life. She's a loving person who is like a second mother to me. She goes above and beyond and I truly appreciate it."

YPIE Scholars Holiday Kickoff Party
Photo by Toby McAfee Photography
Welcoming New YPIE Scholars!

Excitement was in the air on the evening of December 14th as YPIE welcomed 114 9th grade students, their families, and 56 volunteer Graduation Coaches into the YPIE Scholars Program. YPIE launched the innovative YPIE Scholars Program in 2013 in an effort to increase the number of Yonkers Public School students who graduate high school with the college and career readiness skills necessary for success in college and beyond.

In addition to welcoming new YPIE Scholars and their Graduation Coaches, attendees of the Holiday Kickoff Event celebrated the success and dedication of YPIE's sophomore class of Scholars and the 53 Graduation Coaches who are committed to mentoring these students through high school graduation. "The list of great things YPIE provides for scholars never disappoints. YPIE helps us get so much farther than we could have gone alone and they've helped me focus on my high school journey and plan for the road ahead. I hope that you enjoy YPIE as much as I do," said Alicia, a Class of 2019 YPIE Scholar.

New YPIE Scholars Leadership Council
Meet Perpetua

Perpetua is a 10th grade student at Yonkers Middle High School and a YPIE Scholar 2019.  She is one of six YPIE Scholars elected by their peers to the newly created Scholars Leadership Council. The Council members are charged with promoting YPIE's mission and acting as student ambassadors at a variety of YPIE events throughout the year.  They also serve as mentors to other students participating in YPIE programs and coordinate team-building activities for their fellow Scholars at the YPIE College Zone.
Perpetua shared her thoughts on her YPIE experienceand the new Leadership Council. When asked how the YPIE staff has had an impact on her life, she spoke enthusiastically about the tutors at the YPIE College Zone and how they help her get academically ready for college success:  "The tutors especially make a difference in our lives.  [There are many] resources that YPIE provides, such as practice questions or review.  If I don't understand it, the tutors are there to help me.  I like that they're able to sit down with me one-on-one."

Upcoming Events
New YPIE Fellows to be Accepted Soon!

Wow! 631 Juniors in the Yonkers Public Sch ool District applied for the YPIE Fellows Program! Students will be notified of acceptances starting on February 3rd. The program provides comprehensive college access and persistence services to approximately 600 students each year.
Coming Soon: 
Spark the Zone, Part 2!

Over 100 students just joined the YPIE Scholars 2024 cohort and the YPIE College Zone is bursting at the seams! Stay tuned in February as we reignite the Spark the Zone campaign. We will be expanding the College Zone to a new temporary location (also on the campus of the Greystone Jewish Center, pictured here). We need your help to make sure this new space is fully stocked with the supplies our Scholars need to succeed! Coming Soon!
Program Calendar

Check out our Program Calendar to stay up to date on all of YPIE's upcoming programs and events.
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