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Liberty Partnerships Program



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

The legislation states “the failure of many young New Yorkers to complete their secondary education limits their opportunity for a life of fulfillment, prevents them from advancing into postsecondary education and hinders the State’s efforts to provide a well-trained workforce for business and industry in New York.”

Liberty Partnerships Program

Liberty Partnerships Programs offer comprehensive pre-collegiate/dropout prevention programs and services to youth in Urban, Rural and Suburban communities of Western New York, Finger Lakes, Central New York, Southern Tier, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital District, Mid-Hudson Valley, NYC and Long Island

Is LPP Effective?

Is LPP Effective?  YES

Data from the 2016 – 2017 LPP program evaluation revealed a variety of compelling results. Some of the more salient outcomes from the evaluation include:


  • 14,207 middle and high school students who are at-risk for dropping out of school in New York State received services through LPP.
    • An average of 347 students served per site.
  • LPP programs provided over 679,000 hours of support services.


    • An average of 16,570 services hours per site and 48 service hours per student.
    • Common core services accounted for over 157,000 hours of service.
  • Other activities ranged from providing college and career readiness skills to introducing LPP students to a variety of cultural enrichment activities.
  • 96% of LPP students in grades of 5 and 11 advanced to the next grade level in 2017-18.


  • 2,063 of the LPP High School seniors (94%) graduated high school.
    • 94% of graduating seniors plan to attend gollege.
  • There was a positive relationship between LPP participation and:
    • improved classroom grades
    • improved Regents exam scores
    • improved school attendance

Why is LPP Effective? 

Liberty is effective because Failure is not an Option!

  • Collaboration between Higher Education Institutions, Schools, Community Stakeholders
  • Parent Engagement
  • Youth Development/Youth Leadership
  • Service Delivery Systems Designed to Meet the Needs of Families

LPP is prioritized for the following program activities:

  • skills assessment,
  • tutoring,
  • academic and personal counseling,
  • family counseling and home visits,
  • mentoring programs (formal and informal), and
  • staff development activities for personnel with direct responsibility for such students (germane to dropout prevention)
​Services and Venues

For more on what is happening in LPP, please see the LPP website external link created by the various projects.

While local LPP designs may vary, all LPPs provide the following services:

Academic Support

  • Personal Learning Plans
  • Assessments
  • Strategies for effective learners
  • Tutoring/homework assistance
  • Exam reviews
  • Developmental and college courses


  • Case management
  • Individual/group counseling
  • Family services
  • Crisis intervention
  • Academic advisement
  • College/career application assistance

College and Career Preparation

  • College Tours and Orientation
  • Career discovery & employment search strategies
  • Pre-profession orientation
  • Service-Learning Projects
  • Entrepreneurial Projects

Family Advocacy

  • Support networks
  • GED & ESL classes
  • Workforce transition assistance

LPP Venues

LPP Services are offered through a variety of settings that are based on the needs of the local community.

  • School-based Model

LPP services are (a) inserted into the regular school day; (b) as part of the extended-day schedule; or (c) as a component of a structured afterschool enterprise.

  • Campus-based Model

LPP services are delivered on the college campus through after-school, weekend and summer programming.

  • Community-based Model

    LPP services are offered through neighborhood settings and may be implemented at not-for- profit agencies, local businesses, or churches.

  • Hybrid Models

    Individual LPPs may offer services through multiple venues.

Project Materials

Liberty Partnerships Program Projects

Reports and Links

Reporting Year Interim Report 
Due Date
Final Report
Due Date


March 16, 2018 October 19, 2018
2018-19 March 15, 2019 October 18, 2019
2019-20 March 13, 2020 October 16, 2020
2020-21 March 12, 2021 October 15 , 2021
2021-22 March 11, 2022 October 14, 2022


All Interim and Final Reports must be submitted via the NYSED GoAnywhere Portal. For questions on report, submissions contact NYSED at .

NYSED fiscal forms

  • For fiscal forms go to: 
  • Prior to submitting a signed FS-10A and budget narrative via post mail.  Please submit via email both the excel FS-10A and budget narrative justifying the proposed changes for Program Office review. This will expedite the review process.
Application & Request for Proposal Information

Contact Information

Office of Postsecondary Access, Support and Success 
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
EBA RM 960
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 474-3719