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Young Professionals Committee

Success Academy Young Professionals Committee

Young Professionals Committee


The SA Young Professionals Committee (“YPC”) is a dedicated group of emerging young leaders in New York City who are ambassadors of Success Academy and advocates of education reform. Throughout the year, the committee hosts social and fundraising events to build a network of champions to support Success Academy’s college-bound scholars.

Young Professionals Committee

The Launch Fund

In 2015 the Young Professionals Committee established The Launch Fund to provide financial support — including assistance in covering unforeseen costs — to SA seniors and alumni as they navigate higher education, from the transition to college to graduation. 

For many high school graduates — especially first generation college students from low-income households — the transition between high school and college is the most challenging step in their journey. Across the country, researchers have shed light on a deterrent to college that occurs during the summer between high school and college, coined the “summer melt.” Up to 40% of students who have been accepted to college fail to show up in the fall after their high school graduation, as critical start-up costs including textbooks, transportation to campus, dorm supplies, etc. are prohibitively overwhelming. 

All proceeds raised from the Young Professionals Committee events directly support The Launch Fund.

Young Professionals Committee

YPC’s Annual Highlight: Are You Smarter Than an S|A Fifth Grader?

Thank you to all who helped make this year’s event another record-breaking night! If you weren’t able to join us on February 9th, we hope to see you next year. Tickets for Are You Smarter 2024 go on sale in late 2023. 

Questions or interested in becoming a sponsor? Please contact Grace Ogburn at [email protected]

Young Professionals Committee

Interested in learning more?

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member or additional opportunities to support The Launch Fund, please email: [email protected]