YWCA of Brooklyn

From its perch in downtown Brooklyn, the YWCA saw too-many high achieving girls of color at local high schools not being able to realize their full potential as they applied to college.  In response, it created YW LEAD (Leadership, Empowerment, and Academic Development), a multiyear college inquiry and access program that includes tutoring, college visits, family engagement and paid internships, while simultaneously promoting leadership, wellness, and self-efficacy.  A two-year grant from the Meringoff Foundation, based on a small but successful pilot, will allow YW Lead to greatly expand its scope and reach.  An additional one-time grant seeded a multi-year SAT-prep program.

“I didn’t think I’d have the opportunity to go to college. The YWCA Brooklyn provided support, academic tutoring and helped me navigate the college application process. I graduated salutatorian of my class and received a full-scholarship to medical school.  The YWCA Brooklyn believed in me and helped me to reach my full potential.”