Mission and Vision
Mark DiBella, director of YES Prep North Central, says people come to work "to be part of a mission that's greater than yourself." That mission -- to help low-income, minority kids transform their families' futures by going to college -- galvanizes students and parents as well. They're willing to sacrifice. And they're poised to realize their goal through a keen focus on hard work, great teaching, and mutual support. Their success rests on working together with that singular sense of purpose.
Students challenge each other to maintain the hard work and discipline needed to prepare for college.
Credit: Grace Rubenstein
The mission is crystal clear. I feel like everyone knows exactly what we're doing every day, and that's what we do.
-- Katie Norwood, teacher
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