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The Hunter College Liberty Partnership Program (HCLPP) is a collaborative effort that provides services to high school students at risk of dropping out. HCLPP is a collaboration of post-secondary institutions, high schools, parents, community-based organizations, local governments and the business community.  HCLPP provides resources to ensure that students who are at risk of dropping out will achieve academic and personal excellence, graduate from high school, and enter post-secondary education and/or the workforce as highly competent young adults.


The Liberty Partnerships Program was established in 1988 under Section 612, Subdivision 6 of the Education Law to address the significant school dropout rate among New York's youth. The bipartisan Bill stated that "the failure of many young New Yorkers to complete their secondary education limits their opportunity for a life of fulfillment, prevents them from advancing into post-secondary education and hinders the State's efforts to provide a well-trained workforce for business and industry in New York."

The Liberty Partnerships Program is included in New York's Statewide Plan for Higher Education as a strategy to maximize the successful transition of students who are at risk of dropping out of school into graduates, fully prepared for the rigors of higher education.  Graduates will be ready to address the critical workforce and economic development challenges of the Empire State.

The Hunter College Liberty Partnership Program is one of 39 Liberty Partnerships Programs across New York State and one of 14 Liberty Partnerships Programs in the New York City metropolitan area. All partnerships are between colleges/universities and junior high/high schools. HCLPP is a collaboration between Hunter College and two public high schools in New York City: Vanguard High School and Harlem Renaissance High School.

The Hunter College Liberty Partnership Program is a truly collaborative model in that our program works with the partner school administrators, teachers, and guidance staff to serve our students.  We work as a team with our partner schools and are well-integrated in both of our schools.  We are relied upon for our expertise in counseling, guidance, and college and workforce preparation and are utilized to enhance the positive development of our youth.   

Success Rate

Statewide data for 2006-2007 (Most Recent Data Available):

School Drop-out Rate among LPP students: .08%

Student-School Persistence Rate among LPP Students: 99.2%

Graduation Rate: 82.3%

College/Employment Bound: 89.2%

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The HCLPP always offers me and other students many opportunities. They help to prepare students for college and for life after high school. Without them, there would be no individual and personal guidance as to which way to go after high school, or how to be become the greatest person one can be.

- Cinetta, HCLPP Student


They gave me the support that I was not getting at home and helped open my eyes and see the best future I can have.

 -Yusmary, HCLPP Alumni


I learned how to become a better educator because of the personal time I was able to spend with my students. The students and I have formed such a strong bond that we keep pushing ourselves to try our best because we do not want to let each other down. HCLPP has refined my outlook on teaching and has truly helped me reach my potential as an educator.

 -Sajeda, HCLPP Mentor


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