When I stopped teaching high school English, I looked around for a charity that would be a worthy recipient of the new time I had on my hands and, quite honestly, of any modest donations my husband and I hoped to contribute that year to a good cause. After reading about Executive Director Wendy Nadel in The New York Times, I found the educational non-profit that continues to meet these requirements: Yonkers Partners in Education.
A volunteer now since January of 2008, I can say without hesitation that YPIE fuels my belief that smart, good people, working very hard every day, can significantly change the lives of others. It’s no secret that Yonkers is a large, under-funded school district. Seventy-five percent of our 26,500 school age children live at or below the poverty level. YPIE works with school administrators and teachers to target significant educational needs or omissions in our schools and then to implement well researched programs that truly benefit students. Just a few of these programs include the establishment of a college and career advisory center in 6 of our 8 high schools; ACT and SAT prep/tutoring for every college bound student; overnight college campus tours; a family literacy program, that includes Yonkers Reads and the purchase and distribution of more than 15,000 outside reading books in Spanish and English for our elementary school children.
If you can make a donation to YPIE, I assure you your money will not end up funding a new school roof or anybody’s pension. YPIE raises all its own operating funds through private and corporate donations and tirelessly writes grant applications for funding that underwrites only the programs it chooses to implement, oversee and ultimately evaluate. Donors know exactly where their money is going and how effectively it’s being spent.
If you want to make a donation of time and ideas, this organization is for you. Volunteers from all parts of Westchester County and even New York City serve not only as fund raisers, but also board members, parent and community advisors, tutors, assistants to college advisors in the college centers, packers of books, and guest speakers for the YPIE Speaker’s Bureau.
Finally, many “YPIEers” are now my good friends, united by one mission: To improve the educational lives of our country’s greatest asset – our children. So, join in or donate without hesitation; I truly believe there’s not a more worthy, well-managed educational non-profit that will welcome your help.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I've listened to many grateful Yonkers high school graduates say they would never have graduated or considered going to college were it not for the services of the YPIE college access centers. I have seen the smiles on the faces of elementary school students who take home books such as Where the WIld Things Are to read with their moms, dads, and siblings.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Try to find more ways to fund the programs that are still needed to bring the schools in Yonkers up to the level of other Westchester schools because every child deserves a first class public school education in this great country.