Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison Speaks to Young Women’s Preparatory Network

Young Women’s Preparatory Network, the largest all girls’ college preparatory network in the nation, held its Leadership Summit on September 14 and 15 with its principals, key team members and staff. A highlight of the conference was hearing from The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison at Joyce and Larry Lacerte’s home on September 14.

Lynn McBee, Young Women’s Prep CEO, introduced Hutchison. “Kay has done so much for public education. She is the one who championed the amendment making single-sex schools legal in public school district, and we now have the largest network in the country.”

Malinda Villalobos (Ysleta), Lynn McBee (YWPN CEO), Jeanne Goka-Dubose (Austin), Delia Montelongo-McLerran (San Antonio), The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, Mia Hall (Fort Worth), Delesa O’Dell-Thomas (Houston), Jennifer Oliver (Grand Prairie), Berta Fogerson (Lubbock), Lisa Curry (Dallas)

Young Women's Prep was founded in 2002. This network is the result of Lee and Sally Posey’s vision: the Texas philanthropists were inspired by a 2001 visit to a new single-sex, college preparatory, public school in New York City: The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem.
The first and largest of its kind in Texas, Young Women’s Prep formed the first public/private partnership with DISD in 2004, opening the Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, the first all-girls public school in Texas. Since then, Young Women’s Prep has opened schools in Austin, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Houston, Lubbock and San Antonio. There are plans to open additional schools. 
Patty Leyendecker, Quincy Lacerte, Joyce Lacerte, Brent Christopher
An astounding 100% of the students graduate from high school and are accepted to a college or university. In 2014-2015, the network’s 247 graduates received more than $29 million in academic and merit scholarships and have matriculated to 87 different colleges and universities.
Young Women’s Prep network schools serve students in grades 6 through 12 on seven campuses across the state of Texas. Approximately 70 percent of all students come from economically disadvantaged homes, and 68 percent of the students in the Class of 2015 are first generation college students.
Michele Vobach, Elizabeth Jones, Margaret Kelliher, Laura Estrada

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