The Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) was established in 1988 under Section 612, Subdivision 6 of the Education Law to address the significant school dropout rate among New York’s youth.

The Liberty Partnerships Program has been included in the New York State Education Department’s Statewide Plan for Higher Education as part of its strategy to maximize the successful transition of middle and high school students who are at risk of dropping out of school to higher education and the competitive demands of today’s job market.

The program seeks to serve 225 students in grades 7-12 from the Fallsburg, Liberty and Monticello School Districts.

SUNY Sullivan LPP will also partner with three community-based organizations: SALT (Sullivan Agencies Leading Together), Catholic Charities and the Hurleyville Maker’s Lab. All partners will combine resources to increase high school graduation rates and promote college readiness and career development. Risk factors and red flags that signal a student’s chance of not completing high school will be addressed.

The partners will work together to evaluate students, prepare individual learning plans, organize students into appropriate tutoring and mentoring cohorts, and refer students who are experiencing academic or personal/emotional crisis to agencies, including Catholic Charities, that specialize in recovery and intervention.

Staff members funded by the grant will develop a customized learning program to help with each student’s academic and personal success. Civic responsibility, leadership skills, and volunteerism will also be highlighted. Students will participate in service learning projects that will improve their communities, and they will help other students in the program.

Mentorship, tutoring, study skills classes, admissions & financial aid workshops, college level classes and a summer on-campus program will be incorporated, along with guest speakers and field trips.