Yleana Leadership Foundation

About Yleana Leadership Foundation

The Yleana Leadership Foundation creates exceptional educational experiences for young people of all income levels: preparing our students for success as people and professionals while decreasing the achievement gap.

We take pride in serving rising high school seniors from underserved urban areas as part of our mission to close the achievement gap through college access programs. Our flagship program is the Yleana Leadership Academy: a three-week transformative summer SAT experience on a college campus. It is part college experience, part summer camp, part intense SAT training, and part leadership academy.

Our students are all low-income, and the majority are first generation students of color. All of our students attend programs on full scholarship and describe Yleana as one of the most “transformative experiences” they have had - they return to their high schools and home communities with a renewed dedication to their education and the real sense that they can succeed in whatever they choose to do in life.

Yleana at its best is made up of people who are constantly generating new and better ways to do things, drawing on what they have seen, read, and experienced, who replace “I can’t do that” with “Let’s make it happen." We hire staff who can improvise, who are creative, and who approach problems in creative, unexpected ways.

Yleana has recently acquired the for-profit Socratic Summer Academy - the model SAT camp on which Yleana is based.

To understand the Yleana experience, check out this video:



June 2020 New York City, NY
“Lots of development training (oxford method, socratic teaching, growth mindset, trauma informed teaching, etc.) .”

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June 2020 New York City, NY
“The foundation is full of passionate advocates who care deeply about the work they’re doing.”
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