Liberty Partnerships Program

The Liberty Partnerships Program was established in 1988 to address the significant high school drop out rate of New York’s youth. Programs are run by public and private colleges throughout New York State and provide participating students with academic support and encouragement, individual and family counseling, and career and college planning guidance.


  • The Liberty Partnership Program (LPP) includes nearly 50 programs serving about 14,201 students statewide, including 15 programs at Independent Sector institutions serving 4,700 students. LLP provides these students with mentoring, tutoring, and college readiness activities. 
  • While the overall high school graduation rate in New York State is comparable to the national high school graduation rate, Black and Hispanic students’ graduation rates are significantly lower in New York State.
  • The goal of the Liberty Partnerships Program, created in 1988, is to decrease New York’s high school dropout rate.
  • Ninety-two percent of LPP students graduate from high school – higher than the statewide average of 80.2 percent in 2017.
  • Liberty Partnerships Programs sends approximately 1,500 high school graduates to college or the workforce each year.
  • In program year 2009-10, 1,749 LPP students graduated, and 1,538 of these grads entered college or the workforce. In this same year, the persistence rate, defined as those students that continue to the next grade, was 99%.


2019-20: $18.36 million

2018-19: $18.36 million

2017-18: $18.36 million

2016-17: $18.36 million

2015-16: $15.30 million

2014-15: $13.31 million