Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program (YSLPP)

Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program (YSLPP)

All YSLPP Programming is Now Virtual! 

  Students will sign onto Zoom twice a week for their Young Scholars class. All academic support, college and career exploration, and community service will be done remotely. Please contact your site staff for more details. 

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 Fall 2020 Newsletter! 

School this fall may have been remote, by YSLPP packed it with enriching academic, social/emotional, college and career readiness, and community service activities for our students.

Current YSLPP Programming

Students at JFK middle school have identified themselves with the title peer tutor in their names on Zoom.

Kicking off in November, Young Scholars LPP started a peer tutoring program that allows trained students who excel in one or more classes to provide academic support to their peers. 

Collage of 3 photos showing donations from YSLPP staff and students.

YSLPP students & staff supported the Veterans' Donation Drive on November 11, 2020.

Costume&Cosplay October2020

Young Scholars LPP hosted a virtual costume and cosplay event on October 30th, giving the students a chance to show off their costumes and win prizes.

Collage of 7 photos showing participants of the Out of the Darkness Walk from home.

Young Scholars participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk from Home on October 3, 2020 to help prevent suicide. 

3 photo collage of Young Scholars students with purple ribbons and signs of support for domestic violence survivors.

Young Scholars are supporting Domestic Violence Awareness Month throughout October with several educational events, cards and signs of support for survivors, and purple ribbon displays outside of their homes.

Three photos of the YSLPP virtual career visit with Woods Inn sous chef.

On October 12, 2020, Young Scholars attended a virtual career visit in the kitchen at the Woods Inn. They learned how to make macaroni and cheese and stuffed mushrooms.

Collage of 4 photos representing student businesses they are developing through YEA: customized sneakers, bar soap, jewelry, and scarves.

Starting in October, eight Young Scholars joined MVCC's Young Entrepreneurs' Academy, where they are learning the skills to develop their own businesses. Student businesses include customized sneakers, bar shampoo, and handmade jewelry and scarves. 

A Young Scholar poses with a picture of the whale she drew in her home's driveway.

Throughout September and October, Young Scholars are spreading positivity throughout Utica with their sidewalk
chalk art.

Young scholars student poses as she collects donated sneakers for our “Got Sneakers” Community Service Project

Throughout the 2020-2021 school year our YSLPP students are working on collecting donated sneakers for our community service project "Got Sneakers".

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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