Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program (YSLPP)

Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program (YSLPP)

Collage of Various Activities Young Scholars Engaged in Throughout Summer 2019

Young Scholars students have been very busy this summer! Check back soon for more updates!





From April 25-27, 2019, all 47 Liberty Partnerships Programs from the entirety of NYS came to Utica, NY to celebrate 30 years of excellence at the 2019 Empire Promise Youth Summit!

Please take a moment to review the Empire Summit 2019 E-Newsletter by clicking here.

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 Winter 2019 Updates! 

Young Scholars LPP students and staff have been very busy from December 2018-February 2019. Please take a few minutes to check out our newsletter! 

Current YSLPP Programming


YSLPP Teams Up With UC HEOP at the America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk in Utica, March 2019


Oneida County Youth Bureau Press Conference, February 2019


YSLPP Skiing Trip with 40+ YS Staff and Students,Black River Outdoor Education Program, Boonville, NY, February 2019


Valentines For Vets Through Congressman Brindisi's Office, February 2019


YSLPP Mentor Appreciation Dinner at Aqua Vino, February 2019


YSLPP @ Walk a Mile in My Shoes Walk To End Homelessness- February 2019


YSLPP Seniors Participate in Annual NAACP Black History Month Celebration- February 2019


YSLPP Utica College Hockey Mentor Event (UC Won in Overtime!) February 2019


State of The State Regional Address In Utica with Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, January 2019


Local Professionals Networking Mixer with Young Scholars Students and Graduates, January 2019 at Utica College

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Hamilton College Visit, January 2019


Young Scholars LPP Alumni Gathering at Utica College, December 2018


Young Scholars' Twelve Week SAT Prep Program w/ Let's Get Ready, December 2018- May 2019

Click here for our Summer Internship 2018 Newsletter!

 Summer 2018 offered many opportunities for our students to experience, gain, and grow. Please click the above link to view our Summer 2018 Newsletter. We have also included an important announcement for April 2019! 

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.

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.


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
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