History of Liberty LEADS

The Liberty LEADS Program brings together two Bank Street initiatives that have well-established records of efficacy.

The first, the Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP), began at Bank Street College in 1989 and has had tremendous success working with youth at risk for dropping out of high school by providing social and emotional support.

The second program started in 2000  as I-LEAD (Institute for Leadership, Excellence and Academic Development). It served promising high-achieving students at under-resourced parochial schools and prepared them to become competitive applicants to selective colleges and universities by offering an academic rigorous program.

In 2005, these two programs merged and Liberty LEADS was born. We are able to offer a more holistic approach by providing academic rigor and high expectations in a strong supportive environment.