Liberty Partnerships Program, La Guardia

by CUNY - LaGuardia Community College
Phone: 718-482-5410
Contact: Sean Galvin
Email Contact: seanga/lagcc//cuny//edu
last updated Feb 07, 2014. 02:09 PM

The LaGuardia Community College/CUNY Liberty Partnership Program (LPP), now in its twenty-third year of operation, was initially funded in 1989-90 through the NYS Department of Education as part of a statewide college/school consortium designed to address the needs of youth at-risk. Through an in-school/after-school comprehensive support program at LaGuardia, LPP provides a combination of basic skills classes and enrichment skills activities for 230 students in grades nine through twelve. Our partner, or satellite, schools are Robert F. Wagner, International and Middle College High Schools. There is also a Saturday program at Middle College HS for students who do not attend satellite schools, but attend nearby schools in Western Queens. The LaGuardia Liberty Scholars Program provides a combination of basic skills classes and enrichment skills activities for students in grades nine through twelve through an in-school/after-school comprehensive support program at the site. Classes include Leadership Skills (résumé writing, job skills readiness, PSAT/SAT preparation) as well as Enrichment Skills (digital photography, NYS Regents prep, creative writing, Latin Dance, and poetry). Counseling services may include personal and family, academic, or college and financial aid sessions, ranging from one-on-one, to small groups, to one-day workshops. Formative and summative assessment and tracking of student performance are executed by multiple means, most notably with electronic portfolios. All LPP faculty and workshop leaders are certified to teach in their subjects, and are provided extensive professional development opportunities throughout the year. Students can receive either extra service or academic credits for their participation in these programs. Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the Saturday Center with their children.

Who is eligible?

At-risk youth, grades 9-12, with no income or citizenship requirement [13 at-risk eligibility guidelines set by NYSED/LPP]. Referrals are generally from school counselors, administrators, and word-of-mouth.

How to apply

Interest and commitment


academic tutoring or classes
career exploration
college advising
college application
financial aid and planning
internships and jobs

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