In early 2001, Texas philanthropists Lee and Sally Posey learned of a new single-gender, college preparatory, public school in New York City: The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem.
The next year, the Poseys established the Foundation for the Education of Young Women, now known as the Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN).
In 2004, Young Women’s Preparatory Network partnered with the Dallas Independent School District to open the Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, the first all-girls public school in Texas.
After success in Dallas, the Network duplicated its public-private partnership with school districts in Austin, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Houston, Lubbock, and San Antonio.
Today, the Network serves more than 4,100 6th through 12th graders on seven campuses across the state of Texas.
100% of students graduate from high school and are accepted to a 4-year college or university. In 2014-15, 146 graduates were offered close to $29 million in academic and merit scholarships to attend 87 different colleges and universities.
Network schools are committed to serving students who are in the greatest need of opportunities for academic success. Many students come from economically disadvantaged households, belong to historically underrepresented ethnic groups, and will be the first in their family to attend college.
Lee and Sally Posey, Founders
More than 75% of the students in network schools are from economically disadvantaged homes; 85% percent will be first-generation college students. YWLA welcomes girls from the diverse communities inside the Fort Worth Independent School District.