About Us

About Us

About Us

Mission Statement

Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program (YSLPP) is a multi-year collaborative project, established in 1993 with Utica University 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 pursue post-secondary education. Young Scholars students participate in a comprehensive program providing academic, social, and cultural enrichment.

Vision Statement

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.


Students in the Young Scholars LPP participate in a comprehensive program providing academic, social and cultural enrichment. It is the intent of the Young Scholars LPP to help students achieve academic success by maintaining an A or B average, earning a New York State Regents Diploma with the Advanced Designation and enrolling in post-secondary education. The Young Scholars LPP also seeks to develop students' personal characteristics, making strong individuals who are invested in their community. Young Scholars LPP will strive to meet the needs of our students and families. Young Scholars LPP will continue to be a showcase program for Utica University and one of the premier programs for youth in the City of Utica.

YSLPP Summer


 Young Scholars students have many summer program options at Utica University            


The Young Scholars Program was initiated in Utica, New York, by representatives from the Utica City School District and Utica University. Their goal was to address the problem that few minority students were graduating from T.R. Proctor High School in the early 1990s. This collaboration led to the creation of the Young Scholars Program.

After two years of developing and fine-tuning, the first cohort of Young Scholars students was selected. In the summer of 1993, these students attended enrichment classes at Utica University. During the 1994-95 school year, Young Scholars became part of the New York State supported Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP). 

NYSED has consistently recognized YSLPP as a positive contribution to the Utica City School District. Young Scholars students are representative of the diversity that makes Utica a great place to live and earn an education. Our students are involved in a variety of services and programming that helps to develop their college and career readiness skills. Young Scholars will be competitive and successful in the world of the future.

Contact Us

Pamela G. Matt, Esq.

Pamela G. Matt, Esq.

YSLPP Executive Director
Utica College, 1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, New York 13502
(315) 792-3237
(315) 792-3083 (fax)

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