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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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Huffington Post – Eric Eisner And The Young Eisner Scholars

In the March issue of Vanity Fair, Malcolm Gladwell described Eric Eisner as the "DuBois of the barrio" and his foundation Young Eisner Scholars as "Eisner's underground railroad." For thirteen years now, Eisner has been plucking the most gifted students from the Lennox School District (Hawthorne, Inglewood, and LAX-adjacent) and funneling them into some of the city's most prestigious schools with scholarships: the Center for Early Education, John Thomas Dye, Crossroads, Brentwood School, and Harvard-Westlake. Now the first crop of students Eisner started with are beginning to graduate college. Read more here
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