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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Young Women’s Preparatory Network Hires Karla Loya-Stack

(Dallas, Texas, September 6, 2016) – Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN) has hired Karla Loya-Stack as Chief Program Officer where she will develop and expand programs with a focus on Respect Starts Here – Listen, Learn, and Act, an anti-bias program pursuing empathy and equity through education. To date, YWPN supports more than 4,600 students in 6th to 12th grades at eight all-girls, college preparatory public schools in Texas.

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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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Largest All-Girls Public School Network in Nation Establishes Footprint in West Texas

(Dallas, Texas, August 22, 2016) – Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN), the largest network of all-girls, public schools in the nation, and Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) opened its eighth school, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA). The doors opened today—the first day of school—when 234 6th and 7th grade girls arrived at the first all girls’ public preparatory school in El Paso. YWLA will add a grade every year until the school has students through 12th grade.

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Young Women’s Preparatory Network Announces New Board Chairwoman and New Board Members

Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN) announces the appointment of a new chairwoman, Evelyn Henry Miller, and three new members to its board of directors: Christine Breck, Lisa Cooley and Stef Mauler. A nonprofit, YWPN’s mission is to support single-gender, college-preparatory, public education in Texas and beyond, giving young women, many of whom are the first to attend college in their families, the academic and leadership skills to achieve success in college and in life.

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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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Courtney Kimberling Radcliffe Hired as New Executive Director

(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.

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