In early 2001, Texas philanthropists Lee and Sally Posey learned of a new single-sex, college preparatory, public school in New York City, The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem. Their interest was immediately piqued by news of the wildly successful New York school because of their dedication to providing educational opportunities to the young women who needed it most.
After an inspirational visit to East Harlem, Mr. and Mrs. Posey endeavored to bring the model to Texas, and in 2002, they established the Foundation for the Education of Young Women, now known as the Young Women’s Preparatory Network.
Soon after, Young Women’s Preparatory Network partnered with the Dallas Independent School District to open the first all-girls public school in Texas. Since then, YWPN has opened Young Women’s Leadership Schools in Austin, San Antonio, Lubbock, Fort Worth, Houston and Grand Prairie.
Mr. Posey passed away in 2008, but his legacy lives on through the successes of the students and alumnae who benefit from the Posey vision.