Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program (YSLPP)

Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program (YSLPP)

To help contain the spread of COVID-19, all YSLPP Programming is now virtual! 

YSLPP staff is currently planning our fall 2020 virtual programming. Current students will be notified soon regarding our expectations for attendance, grades, community service, and behavior during the virtual school year. We can't wait to "see" you all soon! 

The Women's Fund of Herkimer and Oneida Counties presents a check to Mary Hayes Gordon and Pamela Matt to support the YSLPP Near Peer Mentoring Program.

Thank you to the Women's Fund of Herkimer and Oneida Counties for supporting another year of our Near Peer Mentoring Program! 

NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner Honors Young Scholars LPP counselor Senora Pierce. CONGRATULATIONS Senora!

NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner Honors Young Scholars LPP counselor Senora Pierce. CONGRATULATIONS Senora!

Thank you to one and all who attended our 4th Annual Grow Big Dreams Celebration Dinner, held on March 26, 2019 at Utica College! It is because of our wonderful community partnerships that our students are able to Grow Big Dreams! 

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). Soon thereafter, Young Scholars joined the program roster of the New York State Education Department's Liberty Partnerships Program. 
The 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.


Click Here for Our Summer 2020 Newsletter! 

Summer is one of the busiest times of the year for Young Scholars LPP. See how we transferred our extensive programming to the virtual setting.

Current YSLPP Programming

3 students pose with their Target Gift cards rewarding good attendance

One Young Scholar from each school won a Target Gift Card to reward their good attendance for the second marking period

Young Scholars students are ready for the Heart Run & Walk at Utica College

Young Scholars turned out in full force for the Heart Run & Walk on March 7, 2020

JFK students pose before cross-country skiing at Black River Outdoor Education Program

Students had a fun day skiing with Black River Outdoor Education Program on February 21, 2020

Volunteers represented Young Scholars at the annual OCCC Press Conference

Some of our active volunteers represented Young Scholars at the annual OCCC Press Conference on February 18, 2020

Young Scholars students enjoying our Winter Sports Day

Young Scholars LPP held its first ever Winter Sports Day on February 17, 2020

Young Scholars from Proctor High School tour Onondaga Community College

YSLPP sophomores, juniors, and seniors toured Onondaga Community College on February 17, 2020

Young Scholars students participating in Walk a Mile in My Shoes

YSLPP students at Walk a Mile in My Shoes on February 1, 2020

Our JFK students show off handmade Valentines Day cards they made for veterans

Our students spread the love through Valentines for Veterans in February 2020

Collage of photos of Young Scholars students at Wellness Day 2020

Young Scholars students enjoyed Wellness Day at Utica College on January 20, 2020 

Utica College HEOP & CSTEP staff talk to Young Scholars & friends over pizza

Young Scholars  enjoyed pizza and an information session with  Utica College's HEOP & CSTEP programs on December 17, 2019

Young Scholars at all three sites pose with toy donations they collected for Toys for Tots

YSLPP partnered with Toys for Tots for our annual Holiday Toy Drive in December 2019

Proctor Young Scholars show off their Holiday Cards for Heros

Young Scholars partnered with Representative Brindisi's Holiday Cards for Heroes initiative in December 2019

On Point For College visited our Young Scholars at Proctor to help them with financial aid applications

On Point for College assisted Young Scholars seniors with financial aid applications on December 9 and 10, 2019

Young Scholar and their Mentors Decorating Cookies at Utica College

Young Scholars Mentoring Program Cookie Decorating Event at Utica College on December 15, 2019 

Three Young Scholars are pictured with Target gift cards as an award for good attendance

One Young Scholar from each school won a Target Gift Card to celebrate their good school attendance in the first marking period

YSLPP students and mentors volunteered at the Oneida Square Project's Black Friday Sale

YSLPP students and mentors supported the Oneida Square Project at their annual Black Friday Sale on November 29, 2019

YSLPP students show off food donations collected at Donovan and JFK middle schools.

YSLPP partnered with the Rescue Mission of Utica for a Thanksgiving Food Drive in November 2019

YSLPP seniors attend the Utica College Open House

Young Scholars seniors visited Utica College for Open House on November 11, 2019

YSLPP students pose outside of Utica Coffee before their tour

YSLPP high school students toured Utica Coffee, Lukin's Pizza, and Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute for our annual City of Utica Career Day on November 11, 2019

YSLPP students meet and greet with some of the dairy cows at Lee Dairy Farm

Young Scholars from Donovan and JFK enjoyed a visit to Lee Dairy Farm in Boonville, NY on November 5, 2019

YSLPP seniors visit SUNY Poly

Young Scholars seniors toured SUNY Poly on November 5, 2019

8th Grade Young Scholars enjoying lunch at Utica College for Buddy Day

8th grade students enjoyed Buddy Day at Utica College on October 31, 2019

YSLPP students on a visit to SUNY Morrisville

YSLPP visited SUNY Morrisville on October 31, 2019

Collection of photos of the Young Scholars and YWCA partnership for domestic violence awareness month

Young Scholars partnered with the YWCA for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October 2019

YSLPP students at the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Young Scholars at the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on October 20, 2019

Young Scholars students and staff in Hanna Park for the Buddy Walk

YSLPP students and staff turned out in full force for the Buddy Walk on September 29, 2019

YSLPP students, staff, and staff dogs at the Wiggle Waggle Walkathon

Young Scholars supported the Stevens-Swan Humane Society at the annual Wiggle Waggle Walkathon on September 22, 2019

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.


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.

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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