Issue Background

Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP)

  • For program year 2010-11, LPP served more than 9,500 students in middle school and high school.
  • 6,291 LPP students in grades of 5 and 11 (95%) advanced to the next grade level after 2010-2011.
  • 1,487 of the LPP High School seniors (93%) graduated high school.

Dropping out of high school is a serious obstacle to
future economic stability—the unemployment rate is significantly higher for those without a high school diploma compared to a high school graduate. The lack of a high school diploma also makes it difficult for individuals to reap the benefits of higher education at some point in
their lives. Through partnerships between higher education and local high schools, LPP provides support and encouragement to help at-risk students complete high school and continue on to college or a career.

LPP was established in 1988 to address the significant high school dropout rate among New York’s youth. It was founded on the belief that students will achieve academic success and lead productive lives as adults if they are provided with support, encouragement, information, and effective interventions. To increase the high school graduation rate, LPP provides students with academic support, individual and family counseling, career counseling and guidance, and parent engagement.

“I believe and always will believe that joining
[Liberty] was the turning point in my life. I had people
around me that cared about my future success. Over time
I went from an angry teenager to an energetic young
lady…Liberty taught me to work hard, be disciplined,
always respect others, and how to learn. Liberty helped
me exceed all expectations I set for myself.”  - Rachel, who holds a B.A. in Mass Communications and works as a Video Lighting
Associate for MSNBC