Who We Are
This summer, 36 rising seniors from the Boston and New York metropolitan areas will attend the Yleana Leadership Academy, hosted at Bentley University, just outside of Boston. The program will run from July 24th through August 18th and be free to all participants; room, board, and all program-related fees (including transportation to and from New York) will be covered by our endowment.
The program consists of three core components: a comprehensive SAT program to maximize students' scores, a college advising/mentorship program to help them develop strategic college application plans, write their college essays, and have a basic aquaintance with the issues that they will come to consider as young people, as well as a cutting-edge leadership program focused on negotiation and entrepreneurship.
Students will live full time at Bentley, sleeping in dormitories, eating with their peers, participating in athletic and social events, and going on cultural excursions. We seek not only to give students the scores and tools to make college a tangible reality, but also to create a thriving community. Resident advisors who double as teachers will live with the students, helping them manage a new environment and inspiring them with the advisors' own tales of college success. We will have at least one staff member for every 7 students. Staff members will consist of experienced instructors, assistant teachers, a full time college advisor/consultant, adjunct teachers, and mentors—recent high school graduates, now attending college, who will counsel our students and design non-academic programming.
When the program ends, students will return to their respective homes and schools armed with a clear schedule for both SAT study and college application building. They will continue to meet weekly with Yleana teachers and mentors in the NY and Boston areas to study the SAT and develop their applications. This posterity program is designed to ensure that the work we do over the summer has a measurable and lasting impact on our students' futures.