The Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) was established statewide in 1988 under Section 612, Subdivision 6 of the Education Law to address the significant school dropout rate among New York’s youth.
Since then, LPP 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 considering dropping out of school to higher education and the competitive demands of today’s job market.
The SUNY Sullivan Brighter Futures LPP program is contracted to serve 225 students in grades 7-12 from the Fallsburg, Liberty, and Monticello School Districts.
SUNY Sullivan Brighter Futures LPP also partners with two community-based organizations: SALT (Sullivan Agencies Leading Together), and Catholic Charities. All partners combine resources to increase high school graduation rates and promote college readiness and career development; factors and red flags that signal a student’s chance of not completing high school are addressed.
The partners also 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 develop customized learning programs to help with each student’s academic and personal success. Civic responsibility, leadership skills, and volunteerism are also highlighted. Additionally, students participate in service learning projects that improve their communities, and they help other students in the program.
Mentorship, tutoring, study skills classes, admissions & financial aid workshops, college level classes, and a summer on-campus program are incorporated, along with guest speakers and field trips.
Brighter Futures LPP After-School Schedule
Fallsburg Jr/Sr High School:
Tuesday and Wednesday 3:45-4:30*
Liberty Middle and High School:
Tuesday and Thursday 2:45-4:00*
Monticello Middle and High School:
Mondays and Thursdays 2:30-3:45*
*When school is in session