Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program (YSLPP)
Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program

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The Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program (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 by education professionals to motivate diverse and talented students with potential to stay in school, earn a New York State Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation, and attain a post-secondary education. Young Scholars students participate in a comprehensive program providing academic, social, and cultural enrichment. 

Young Scholars LPP Summer 2018 Programming

One of our favorite times of year is upon us! Summer 2018 offers many opportunities for our students to experience, gain, and grow. These opportunities are the foundation for our students' connection to YSLPP and their future academic strengths and accomplishments.
  • Washington DC Trip- June 20-22, 2018
  • Union College Visit- July 2nd, 2018
  • YSLPP's Traditional Summer Program, July 9- July 27, 2018
  • YSLPP STEAM Scholars Program- July 9-27, 2018
  • YSLPP Indium Corporation and Macartney Family Foundation Internship Program (For Graduated Seniors), July 9- August 17, 2018
  • Oneida Country Internship for Graduate Leadership Program (YSLPP Alumni Currently in College), July 9- August 17, 2018
  • Utica Advantage Internship Program (YSLPP Students Entering Grades 10-12), July 30- August 24, 2018
  • YSLPP Summer Health Internship, July 9- August 3, 2018
  • YSLPP Outdoor Adventure @ 4-H Camp Overlook, July 20-22, 2018
  • Project Fibonacci- July 22-29, 2018
  • Colgate University Young Writers Workshop, July 30- August 3, 2018
  • Math Camp @ Utica College, July 30- August 3, 2018
  • Summer Melt Reduction Program For Fall 2018 College Students- July 18-August 17, 2018

Please review our 2018 YSLPP Spring E-Newsletter, which covers all of our activities through mid June 2018, by clicking this link.

A special congratulations to the four YSLPP seniors who were recognized as 2018 Utica Observer Dispatch Teen All Stars! Our very own Marvin Hayes III (SUNY Potsdam '22), Yupha Lwin (SUNY Albany '22), Nwe Nee Sar (Hamilton College '22) , and Odin Steel (SUNY Polytechnic Institute '22) made the list of 25 high school seniors who were recognized from across the region. Click here to read about all the winners. 

Empire Summit 2018

From April 26-28, 2018, Utica College's Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program
was tapped to organize and lead the 14th Annual Empire Promise Youth Summit.
Held in Albany, NY at The Desmond Hotel, nearly 350 LPP students, parents, staff,
directors, and NYSED officials attended the event. This was the first year that YSLPP
has stepped into this role. There were 47 Liberty Partnerships Programs in attendance-
each is a partnership between a public school district and a post-secondary institution
of learning.

The event was a complete success. YSLPP staff were poised, technically sound, and
exhibited tremendous stamina in teaching workshops, chaperoning tours and training,
and providing non-stop support behind the scenes to ensure everything ran smoothly. It
was our goal to showcase Utica College's YSLPP as enthusiastic, technically skilled,
poised, and reliable. We knew that a successful summit would provide exposure and
elevation to Utica College to the statewide participants and NYSED officials.

Please review our E-Newsletter that outlines the 2018 Empire Promise Youth Summit, which can be found here.

Congratulations to YSLPP Director of Program Operations Mary Hayes Gordon '82 G'13! She was honored as a Woman of the Year by the Mohawk Valley Chapter of New York State Women Inc. Click here to read the February 2018 article.

We have posted a list of important Spring 2018 dates and upcoming events in the "Upcoming Events" tab.

The YSLPP Summer Program 2017 has concluded. Thank you to our students and staff for their outstanding efforts.

We had an array of outstanding activities for our students.

  • We offered two simultaneously running summer programs on Utica College’s campus from July 10-28: During our traditional program, 180 7th, 8th, and 9th graders studied English, Math, Science, Physical Education, Decision Making, and Financial Literacy. We visited Hamilton College, SUNY Morrisville, and the Utica Zoo. STEAM Scholars was held for 47 students entering grades 10-12. Located in Utica College’s Economic Crime and Justice Studies Building, students worked with Utica College professors. The program included a field trip to Kodak's worldwide headquarters in Rochester, and culminated in a research and poster fair on July 28.
  • Our Summer Health Internship placed ten students at Faxton St. Luke’s Hospital from July 10-August 4.
  • Our City of Utica Advantage Internships placed students entering grades 10-12 in paid internships all across Utica.
  • Indium Corporation and Macartney Family Foundation generously sponsored ten paid internships for graduated seniors. They were placed in paid internships in businesses and organizations across Utica.
  • We worked with Oneida County Workforce Development to place our underclassmen into paid summer jobs.
  • We visited Lehigh University, Hobart & William Smith College, Paul Smith's College, Keuka College, and St. John Fisher College.
  • We brought 11 students to the Colgate University Young Writers' Workshop, which was a week-long program that developed our student's English Language Arts skills. All  tuition costs were covered by Colgate University and YSLPP.

Thank you to all who joined us for our special Spring 2017 events!
The Utica Mayor's Benefit Gala, the Grow Big Dreams Celebration Dinner, and Young Scholars Promise Event with Katie Spotz were all tremendous successes. A huge thank you to our event attendees, sponsors, Utica College, and Mayor of Utica Robert Palmieri. It is because of this community that our Young Scholars Grow Big Dreams!


 Past videos about the Young Scholars program:

Young Scholars provides a variety of enrichment programs for our students

  YSLPP White House
        YSLPP in Washington DC 
           YSLPP Summer Health Internship
YSLPP Summer Health Internship @ Faxton St. Lukes Hospital
          STEM Scholars 2016

YSLPP STEM Scholars @ Utica College


Graduates Reflect on their experience with YSLPP

Because of YSLPP's rigor and supportive services, our students are highly sought-after prospective college students. Our program prepares them for post-secondary success in the college classroom, the workforce, or the military.

Wherever Young Scholars graduates go, their journey started with a first-rate experience in Utica. Here is a selection of their experiences in Young Scholars LPP.

"Thank you. Honestly, YSLPP has made all the difference in my life. I am the only one of my siblings to have gone off to college and graduated. The help and opportunities this program provides is so important to our community and to the youth who may feel college is out of their reach."
Yanira Dawson, YS class of 2008, Utica College Class of 2014, Shenandoah University (MS) 2014 – 2016

“The Young Scholars Program has had a great impact on my high school experience. Most importantly, YSLPP has always been a great resource for anything school related. Utica College tutors were always available to help with any questions I had, they helped me excel in my classes. The full-time staff in the YS sites were always helpful with advice about college and life. The field trips that YSLPP brought us on were always a great time; such as the many college visits and the Washington DC trip. YSLPP helped prepare me for college and is still an important resource I regularly use. The program has made my transition to Utica College nearly painless and I believe it’s because the program has been preparing students such as myself for years.”- Andrea Cvijanovic, YSLPP Class of 2014, Utica College Class of 2018

“My time with Young Scholars was the most rewarding time of my life. The people I met in the program have given me unconditional and eternal love, support, knowledge, and friendship. I was able to be the first in my family to go to college because of Young Scholars. I couldn’t be more grateful for the academic and personal support throughout my time in the Utica City School District and Utica College. This program has absolutely changed my life.” Amber Parker, YSLPP Class of 2014, Utica College Class of 2018

“Young Scholars has given me opportunities that I would not have had if it wasn't for the program. Since the 7th grade, they have given me guidance to my future goals. Through the countless hours of tutoring and community service I have grown as an individual.” Cassidy Brown, YSLPP Class of 2014, Utica College Class of 2018

“My experience with young scholars to say the least has been life changing. They have provided me with numerous opportunities that has allowed me to make my dreams a reality. From helping me find jobs throughout grade school, to making sure that I am on track with my academics, and many more things, young scholars has been one of my biggest support systems since I was 12 years old. They're my family and I'll always be grateful for all that they have done for me.”  Elliott Coleman, YSLPP Class of 2013, Utica College Class of 2017

"Thank you so much for all of your encouragement and support!!! My journey in science and research started with Young Scholars!!! Thank you! And this degree in part is shared with you and Utica College! I am coming up Utica next week - I will make sure to stop by - will someone be in the office? Thank you!!!"
Ewa Szymanska Mroczek, YSLPP Class of 2004, Utica College Class of 2008, University of Alabama at Birmingham PhD., Microbiology, 2013



YSLPP 2007 graduate Stephon Hamell receives the NYS 2015 Liberty All-Star Alumni Award

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Pamela G. Matt, Esq.
YSLPP Executive Director
Utica College, 1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, New York 13502

(315) 792-3237
(315) 792-3083 (Fax)
(315) 792-3006
1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, NY 13502