The LA Magazine – Follow The Leader

The LA Magazine – Follow The Leader

  While there are many programs aimed at helping impoverished kids, none is like Young Eisner Scholars. Providing personal instruction and even health care, former entertainment mogul Eric Eisner seeks to place students from L.A.’s poorest schools into some of its most exclusive. The results? Spectacular. Read more here
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The Wall Street Journal – The Unlikely Reformer

The Wall Street Journal – The Unlikely Reformer

  When former Hollywood mogul Eric Eisner decided to help the smartest students in the roughest Los Angeles schools reach their potential, he led them to a brighter future the only way he knew how: one dream at a time Read more here
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Vanity Fair – Vanity Fair Nominates Eric Eisner

Vanity Fair – Vanity Fair Nominates Eric Eisner

  Because 12 years ago Eric Eisner sat down with a handful of seventh-graders in a forgotten corner of Los Angeles and realized that they deserved the same opportunities as their counterparts in Beverly Hills. It was in Lennox, by the airport, which is about as rough as L.A. gets. Eisner still remembers the first kids he met—all boys in those days: Francisco Lopez, Chris Bonilla, Efrén Hernández, Alfredo Ramirez, Luis Medina. because Eric Eisner had a simple conviction: that there is talent everywhere, even in the most benighted communities of the inner city. Read more here
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Town & Country Magazine – T&C 50: The Biggest Philanthropists of 2015

Town & Country Magazine – T&C 50: The Biggest Philanthropists of 2015

  Making Headlines: After retiring as president of the David Geffen Company, Eisner founded YES (Young Eisner Scholars), which picks gifted underprivileged children in Los Angeles and offers tutoring and financial aid from the teen years through college. YES recently expanded to New York City and Chicago. Read more here
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Columbia College Today – The Power of YES

Columbia College Today – The Power of YES

  He was barely into his 50s when he retired from a high-flying career of Hollywood deal-making and glamour. Now Eric Eisner ’70, LAW’73 pours that same intensity and focus into a nationally recognized educational program, the Young Eisner Scholars, which singles out high-potential inner-city students and makes sure they don’t fall through the cracks. Read more here
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Yale Daily News – Your Score is Relative

When Diana Orozco ’16 was applying to college, she wasn’t getting any help from her mother. Rather, her mom was too busy doing her own high school work. “While I was writing my college admissions essay,” she said. “I was also helping my mum spell words such as ‘serious,’ in her own homework.” A first-generation student whose parents were undocumented immigrants from Mexico, Orozco, who traveled from Los Angeles to New Haven two years ago, represents the new breed of applicants to elite colleges. Until the late ’60s, Yale and its peers were more extensions of prep school than campuses…
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Columbia Law School – Columbia Law School hosts Young Eisner Scholars Program

Columbia Law School – Columbia Law School hosts Young Eisner Scholars Program

  Earlier this year, the Young Eisner Scholars (YES) program expanded to New York City, with Columbia Law School serving as a resource to help facilitate its growth. Columbia University asked YES founder Eric Eisner ’73 to bring his program to the New York City public school district covering Central Harlem in the autumn of 2012. He quickly accepted the invitation, recruiting longtime friend and educator Zachary Susskind as program director. Read more here
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Huffington Post – From the Barrio to Barrister

Never have I felt more grateful to be a YES Scholar than the moment I opened my acceptance letter from Columbia Law School. I stood there staring at the letter, elated yet frozen in place by the disbelief that overwhelms individuals when their dreams come true, as I reflected on the improbable course my life has taken. Columbia Law is a world away from my home in Lennox, California. Lennox is a rough neighborhood boxed in by freeways in a forgotten corner of Los Angeles County. Poverty and gangs are endemic. Votive candle memorials to slain gang-members are a disturbingly…
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Press Release Web – YES Scholars Partners with New SAT Self-Study Program

Young Eisner Scholars, winner of the Wall Street Journal's 2012 Innovator of the Year Award in education, has recently partnered with SAT tutor Anthony-James Green's 30daySAT.com program to improve its students' SAT scores. Founded by entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Eric Eisner, YES has leveled the education playing field for over 200 underserved students, achieving a college acceptance and graduation rate of over 95%. Read more here
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Huffington Post – YES Says Glamour Sells… Even An Education

There is much debate in this country about education reform in the public school system. Discussions range from cost analyses, to teacher tenure and on-line services; in short, issues that address the "system." There are many wonderful organizations and talented people devoted to improving the system and I salute them. But I have a different thought about education and "systems." Systems produce products. If students were "products" of an education system, then focusing on "system reform" would be entirely rational. But to view students as products is to neglect the essential nature of what they are; first and foremost, they…
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