Foundation for the Education of Young Women Changes Name to Young Women’s Preparatory Network

(Dallas, Texas, September 17, 2014) Organization Hosts Leadership Retreat with Notable Education Speakers on September 25-26
To better align its mission with its name, the Foundation for the Education of Young Women (FEYW) is changing its name to Young Women’s Preparatory Network. The announcement will be made official on Sept. 24, the evening before the organization hosts a leadership retreat with well-known educational speakers on Sept. 25-26. Lynn McBee, CEO of Young Women’s Prep, said, “As our network of incredible young women’s leadership schools has grown from the original school in Dallas to now include schools throughout Texas, the new name and website reflect the network we
support. In 2014, four of our seven network schools had graduating seniors. All of them— 146 young women—graduated and received more than $15.8 million in scholarships, and 100% of them have been accepted to a four-year college or university.”

A decade ago, Young Women’s Prep formed a partnership with the Dallas Independent School District and, in August 2004, the Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School opened. Since then, Young Women’s Prep has opened Young Women’s Leadership Schools in Austin, San Antonio, Lubbock, Fort Worth, Houston and Grand Prairie.

The focus of Young Women’s Prep schools is a foundation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum with a focus on its core values:
leadership, college readiness and wellness life skills. The network also engenders change in public education by using an innovative model that supports public-private partnerships.

“During the first annual Leadership Retreat, we are bringing together our school principals, college advisors, advisory council chairs and other key stakeholders for two days of inspiration, education and bonding, and we will learn from and interact with some of the most innovative speakers in education,” McBee added.

Speakers include the following:

Megan Murphy, Executive Director, National Coalition of Girl’s Schools Jenn Charlot, Director of Implementation, The Character Lab

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Woody Widrow, Executive Director, Raise Texas

Roy C. Lopez, Vice President, Community Development Banking DFW and East Texas Region, Capital One

Bonita L. Baskin, Ph.D, Founder and Board Chair, Hill Country Science Mill Carolyn Nichol, Ph.D., Director, School Science & Technology Programs, Rice

University

Lisa Sanger Blinn, Associate Director, Institute of Biosciences &Bioengineering, Rice University

Carrie Croley, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health
Dee Kerr, CEO of STEAMtrax
Deborah Linscomb, Vice President, Curriculum and Professional Development, STEAMtrax
Helen Holman, Owner and President, Helen Holman and Associates
Diana P. Gomez, Coordinator of TWU & Terry Scholars, TWU
Kasaundra Garcia, Unit Coordinator, Office of Academic Enrichment, Texas Tech University
Amanda Kisselle, Executive Director of Admission/Institutional Enrollment, Austin College

Young Women’s Preparatory Network:

Young Women’s Preparatory Network is a non-profit organization that partners with public school districts to create and support all girl schools with a focus on leadership, college readiness, and health and wellness. Young Women’s Prep serves more than 4,100 6th through 12th grade students on seven campuses in Texas. More than 75 percent of the students are from economically disadvantaged homes and 85 percent will be first- generation college students. Today, 100 percent of the students graduate from high school and are accepted at a four-year college or university. In 2014, 146 graduates received a combined $15.8 million in merit scholarships and grants and are attending 73 different colleges and universities.

Young Women’s Prep is located in Dallas, Texas, and supports schools in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Houston, Lubbock and San Antonio. More information can be found at www.youngwomensprep.com.

For immediate release: Media contacts:

Juliette Coulter, 214.394.5532, juliette@coultergroup.com

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