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Liberty Partnerships Program

LPP students pose with a mentor and a senator.

The NYSED Liberty Partnerships Program was established in 1988 under Section 612, Subdivision 6, of the Education Law to address the significant dropout rate among New York’s youth. 

The legislation states, “the failure of many young New Yorkers to complete their secondary education limits their opportunity for a life of fulfillment, prevents them from advancing into postsecondary education and hinders the State’s efforts to provide a well-trained workforce for business and industry in New York.” 

Liberty Partnerships Programs offer comprehensive pre-collegiate/dropout prevention programs and services to youth in urban, rural and suburban communities of Western New York, Finger Lakes, Central New York, Southern Tier, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital District, Mid-Hudson Valley, NYC and Long Island.

Iona College’s Liberty Partnerships Program currently partners with the Yonkers School District to serve at-risk students and their families at three high schools and four middle schools. The College provides a range of services both during the school day and after school.