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


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 Michael Hinojosa and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and saw the outdated computer lab/robotics room.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



  • 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


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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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 for more information.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Authors Nicholas Kristof And Sheryl WuDunn Explain The Power Of Books In Achieving Success To Students


Authors were abounding in Dallas on Tuesday, March 22. While noted historian Dr. Todd Longstaff-Gowan was at the Dallas Museum of Art for Art In Bloom, husband-and-wife Pulitzer Prize winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn were talking with joint gathering of the Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School and the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy about the power of books. Here’s a report from the field:

Article appeared in My Sweet Charity on 4/11/16.

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Pulitzer Prize Winners and Best-Selling Authors Address Students at Irma Rangel, a Young Women’s Preparatory Network School

On March 21, Pulitzer Prize winners and best-selling authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn spoke to students at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, a partner school of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network. The two are best known for their books, Half the Sky and their work with The New York Times.

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Editorial: Dallas ISD should figure out how to expand on this girl-powered success story

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