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Girls Today, Women Tomorrow, Leaders in the Future

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Our mission is to support single-gender, college-preparatory, public education in Texas and beyond, giving young women the academic and leadership skills to achieve success in college and in life.

By utilizing public-private partnerships and innovative methodologies, FEYW is working within the system to ensure that all of our students graduate from high school and are adequately prepared to achieve success in college. FEYW formed its first public-private partnership with the Dallas Independent School District, and in August 2004, the first all-girls public school in Texas, the Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, opened its doors. After compiling impressive results in Dallas, FEYW partnered with school districts in Austin, San Antonio, and Lubbock and opened three more Young Women’s Leadership Schools in 2007 - 2008. Our fifth school opened in Fort Worth in August 2010 and our sixth school opened in Houston in August 2011.

The Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School graduated its fourth class of seniors in June 2012. We are proud to say that one hundred percent of the class graduated and was accepted to a college or university. The 27 graduates received nearly $2 million in academic and merit scholarships. This builds upon the success of the school’s first three graduating classes (2009, 2010 and 2011.) One hundred percent of the girls also graduated and were accepted to college. The girls received over $1.4 million in scholarships in 2009, $1.6 million in scholarships in 2010, and $3.6 million in scholarships in 2011.

We anticipate these same outstanding results from our other Young Women’s Leadership Schools as they begin to graduate their first senior classes.

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Message from the
Executive Director

The words of a 2011 Irma Rangel student exemplify our hope for change. "My mother did not have the opportunity to receive an education. She always wished she could have learned how to read and write, but she was needed in the fields and couldn’t attend class. My mom’s perseverance in providing her children the opportunity to receive an outstanding education is all the push I need to keep going. I WILL attend and graduate from college."
We look forward to sharing the continued success of our students throughout the state.
Amy Bean