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Young Black Scholars

What is YBS?

YBS began as a solution to the 1983 California Post Secondary Education Commission (CPSEC) study, which indicated an alarming number of African American students who did not meet the University of California school system entrance requirements upon high school graduation. ​

The pilot phase of Young Black Scholars (1986-1990) targeted a group of promising 9th graders throughout Los Angeles. The program tracked these students and provided them with a series of academic workshops, enrichment activities, and support services to augment their preparation for college. Upon graduation from high school, more than 70% of the students met or exceeded national standards for college admissions.

Supported and operated as an educational activity of the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc., Young Black Scholars is a comprehensive college preparatory program for African American and other minority high school students.

The program brings together some of the best and brightest future leaders to participate in more than 30 workshops, programs, seminars, and conferences throughout the academic school year.

The workshops and one-on-one activities help scholars and parents prepare for college admissions, selection, and continued success. Since 1986, YBS has assisted more than 21,000 students to realize their dreams of attending college.

Throughout the Los Angeles area, over 170 high schools and 1,000 students, in grades nine through 12, are involved in YBS


YBS is...

  • a college preparatory program for high school students.

  • a program of rigor and commitment.

  • a network of high school students who possess academic excellence.

  • a program that encourages learning, studying and becoming optimal learnersa great place to access services, resources, and assistance.


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