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.
“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.
(Dallas, Texas, May 12, 2016) – Courtney Kimberling Radcliffe has joined the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy (Fort Worth) as its Executive Director. She brings a combined 15 years of nonprofit experience in the areas of healthcare with the JPS Foundation, public broadcasting with KERA, and education with Southern Methodist University.
(Dallas, Texas, May 5, 2016) – Young Women’s Preparatory Network has announced the seven recipients of its inaugural scholarship awards, totaling $112,000.
(Dallas, Texas, February 24, 2016) – Fort Worth’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA), a partner school of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN) and part of the Fort Worth ISD, will graduate its first class this June. To celebrate this milestone, the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth, which supports YWLA, will host an event on Friday, March 4 called GEMS Rocks to honor this inaugural graduating class.
On Friday, October 10th, our GEMS participated in, celebrated, and advocated for the International Day of the Girl with a March on Main Street. On that day, women and girls from all over Tarrant County walked together from the Fort Worth Convention Center to the Courthouse and listened to Mayor Betsy Price give a proclamation for the Day of the Girl.
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