NEW YORK — New York City’s YMCA joined AT&T last Thursday night at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx for a home plate ceremony to announce a $250,000 contribution from AT&T in support of its Y Scholars program. Y Scholars is a college access and success initiative that provides comprehensive college readiness services to disadvantaged students in New York City. The program equips high school students with individualized academic planning and support as well as helps with admission exams (SAT/ACT) preparation, college application guidance and campus tours.
“At the Y, we believe that all young people should have the tools and support they need to reach their full potential,” said Sharon Greenberger, President & CEO of New York City’s YMCA. “Because of the generous support from AT&T, our Y Scholars program can help even more children take a bigger step toward a brighter future. It’s a home run for New York City!”
The YMCA of Greater New York is one of 18 recipients nationwide that will share in $10 million from AT&T through the Aspire Connect to Success Competition. Hundreds of organizations applied to the competition and winners were selected based on their effectiveness in helping students graduate ready for career or college.
“In today’s rapidly changing and competitive job market, a college education has become increasingly essential for long-term career success,” said Marissa Shorenstein, New York State President, AT&T. “We are always looking for opportunities to foster young talent, and are proud to support the Y Scholars and provide students with the preparation and support they need to succeed in the future.”
AT&T’s support of Y Scholars is a part of AT&T Aspire, a broad education initiative that has invested over $250 million nationwide in education since 2008. This is the third round of support from AT&T for the Y Scholars program. This year’s support is for the Thurgood Marshall Academy in Harlem to expand the program by 160 students over the next two years. Y Scholars students participate in college-readiness, life-skills readiness and mentoring programs, committing to at least 120 program hours per school year and to additional program activities during the summer. The Y Scholars program has seen tremendous success:
- 96% of Y Scholars High School Seniors have graduated on-time
- 95% of Y Scholars High School Graduates are entering college in the fall
- 72% of Y Scholars are potential first generation college students
- 45% of Y Scholars are first generation Americans