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MISSION: Through educational and social skills development, the Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program enriches the community by motivating students to achieve college and career readiness for life-long success.

YSLPP is a multi-year collaborative project, established in 1993 with Utica College (UC) and the Utica City School District (UCSD). This program is designed to motivate diverse and talented students to stay in school, earn a New York State Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation, and pursue post-secondary education. Young Scholars students participate in a comprehensive program providing academic, social and cultural enrichment.

Each year, Young Scholars serves more than 350 students from grades 7 through 12. UCSD teachers nominate students in sixth grade. Those selected include students identified as possessing the potential for success in secondary and post-secondary school, but who may not achieve their full potential due to social and economic risk factors.

In 2016, YSLPP had a 100% graduation rate as all 58 seniors graduated. 52 went to college, 4 enlisted in the armed forces and 2 went straight into the workforce. The valedictorian and 5 of the top 10 seniors were Young Scholars. A YSLPP student was awarded a Gates Millennium Scholarship which covers 100% of educational costs throughout her entire academic career. 33 Young Scholars were offered full-rides to attend post-secondary institutions. Young Scholars at Proctor completed over 1000 hours of community service in 2015-16.

Our YSLPP students receive an excellent experience in the City of Utica which gives them a leg up in college and career readiness. 34 of last year’s 51 college bound seniors stayed in Utica for college either at Utica College, MVCC, SYNY Poly, St. Elizabeth’s College of Nursing or The Pratt Institute.  65% of all YSLPP college graduates have returned to live and work in the greater Utica area.

For 24 years, Young Scholars has established and maintained a strong and successful college readiness program. YSLPP has recently been trying to enhance career readiness for our youth. The 2015-16 LPP Final Report to NYS showed that Young Scholars LPP offered the most Workforce Development opportunities of all 41 Liberty Partnership programs in the State of New York. With Utica College, the Utica City School District, and the City of Utica working as one, YSLPP will lay claim to being far and away the premier College and Career Readiness program of our scope in New York State.  We have a proven track record of delivering a first-class experience to our students and these internships will further enrich our City’s youth.

Young Scholars LPP has worked with community agencies in the past to offer career development opportunities. On early release days or days off from the UCSD, Young Scholars students have visited many local businesses/organizations such as CABVI, A & P Master Images, Griffiss Institute and Rome Labs.  Additionally, Young Scholars students have participated in numerous career designed YS and community based programs: Careers in Math and Science, YEA!, Enterprise America, Project Fibonachi, and the YS STEAM Summer Program.

Currently for three weeks in July, YSLPP places 45 or more students in Summer Youth Employment via Oneida County Workforce Development. Also in July, our Summer Health Internship Program has annually brought twelve YS students to Faxton St Luke’s Hospital to work in various departments.

As the 2017 Mayor’s Gala recipient, YSLPP envisions offering more career enrichment opportunities during the school year and additional internships to YSLPP students during the months of July and August 2017. Using our robust contacts in the City, we will place as many students as the donations will support in different businesses and agencies around the City. Our students will be placed in areas that appeal to their interests and aptitudes.

We believe the benefits of this approach will be numerous. Local businesses can offer an excellent co-curricular experience to students at no financial cost while reaping the public relations benefits and knowing that they played a substantial role in the development of our youth. The educational and professional experiences gained by our students will contribute to their deep story of receiving an excellent education in our City where they benefit from the “City of Utica Advantage.” The advantage gained by living in a community that works together to nurture their intellectual, professional and personal growth.

The Young Scholars staff will be recruiting YSLPP students from the Classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020. This is a pool of over 150 students. These students are representative of the overall diversity of our Program and the City. The demographics for 2016-2017 are:

Demographics 2016 – 2017

Based on 413 Students – includes rising 7th graders (June – August service) and graduating seniors – service through August.

Female = 54%
Male = 46%

Hispanic = 19%
African American = 30%
Asian American = 26%
White = 19%
Two or More Races = 6 %

Young Scholars LPP has two simultaneously running summer programs, which are held in July. Our traditional summer program focuses on approximately 180 students entering 7th, 8th, and 9th grade. Entering its 4th year, our STEAM Scholars Summer Program will involve 45 students entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. This is a hallmark of our YS Program and has equipped our students to perform at a high level when fall classes resume.

  • We anticipate our time frame for this new internship program to be roughly from July 5 – September 1. This will ensure that our Young Scholars students have both academic and career enrichment opportunities the entire summer.
  • We will work with community organizations/businesses to provide students with a paid internship (no cost to the employer) that has a minimum 20 hour/ maximum 40 hour a week workload.

Past Recipients

2012 – Stevens-Swan Humane Society & The Children’s Museum
2013 – Utica Safe Schools Healthy Students
2014 – YWCA
2015 – Upstate Cerebral Palsy
2016 – United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica Area and The Stanley