Two Young Women’s Preparatory Network Schools Are Named the Best in the Nation

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U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced the 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools yesterday. From the list of 329 schools across the nation, two Young Women’s Preparatory Network’s (YWPN) schools received the illustrious Blue Ribbon distinction: Margaret Talkington School for Young Women Leaders in Lubbock and Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA) in Fort Worth. These Texas schools join an esteemed list that includes its sister schools, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School and Young Women’s Leadership Academy in San Antonio—both of which received this honor in 2011 and 2015, respectively.

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Irma Rangel Students Gained Real World Experience Through Internships

(Dallas, Texas, September 23, 2016) – Students at Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, a member of Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN), gained real world experience through internships this summer. They worked at architectural firms, hospitals, nonprofit agencies and engineering and computer companies.

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NEC Computer Lab Ribbon Cutting Generates Press

Students at Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, a member of Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN), are able learn STEM more effectively in a newly remodeled computer lab, thanks to the NEC Foundation of America. The company redesigned the space and donated equipment. On August 30, 2016, YWPN held a ribbon cutting that generated plenty of media coverage, especially of Lesly taking apart and reassembling a computer in a record six minutes!

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Newly Renovated Computer Lab to Boost STEM Learning for Young Women’s Preparatory Network’s Irma Rangel, Thanks to NEC Foundation of America

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Students at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, a member of Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN), will be able to learn STEM subjects more effectively in a newly remodeled computer lab, thanks to the NEC Foundation of America. The company donated a state-of-the art computer lab with new computers and technology as well as consulted on the planning of this 21st century classroom. This ribbon cutting celebrates the opening of the computer lab.

 

Earlier this spring, NEC Corporation of America President and CEO Shinsuke Takahashi toured the school with Dallas ISD Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and saw the outdated computer lab/robotics room. As a result of YWPN’s involvement with NEC, the company worked with YWPN and Irma Rangel on the redesign of the space and the equipment needs, so that the students can better learn STEM skills to prepare them for STEM college majors and careers. This summer, two Irma Rangel students also served as NEC interns learning about IT and marketing as STEM education is one of NEC Foundation of America’s main focus areas.

 

WHEN:          Tues., Aug. 30, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

 

WHERE:        Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School

1718 Robert B. Cullum Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75210

 

SPEAKERS:

  • NEC Corporation of America Juan Fontanes, Vice President of IT
  • Dallas ISD Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa
  • Young Women’s Preparatory Network CEO Lynn McBee
  • Irma Rangel Principal Lisa Curry
  • Irma Rangel students and NEC IT intern, Lesly Z., who can take apart and reassemble a computer in 12 minutes.

 

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‘I will do anything for them’: Award-winning teachers share tips, insights for the new school year

BY THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

Dana Clark teaches middle school science at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School. Clark is the 2015 Dallas ISD Teacher of the year for secondary magnet/special schools.

Parents can be involved in their child’s future education by helping them research college choices and getting involved in the college search and application process.

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Young Women’s Preparatory Network Announces its Valedictorians and Salutatorians

“Exceptional,” “bright” and “driven” describe the Young Women’s Preparatory Network valedictorians and salutatorians this year. YWPN supports seven all-girls public schools in Texas with private enhancements, and six of those schools just held their graduations. Grand Prairie’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy will graduate its first class in 2017.

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Respect Starts Here Generates Media Interest

Thank you to all that were able to join us at our Respect Starts Here Reception and Art Exhibit on May 4th! It was a wonderful conclusion to the first year of Young Women’s Preparatory Network’s empathy building, anti-bias program. We are so grateful for all of the incredible support and well wishes from those who were unable to join us, and we hope you can enjoy the event through the photos and news coverage.  Please click the following links: Dallas Morning News VideoNBC5 DFWDallas WeeklyDallas ISD The Hub Article, and Dallas ISD The Hub Video.  You may view additional photos on the Young Women’s Preparatory Network’s Facebook page by clicking HERE. Please call 214-824-1400 or email RSH@ywprep.org for more information.

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