Feature Films and Event Honoree Videos

2018 (Em)Power Breakfast

The 2018 (Em)Power Breakfast celebrated the resiliency of our students who are taking back their narrative and ‘Reclaiming their Story’. Thank you to our honorees: Tracee Ellis Ross, Actress and Philanthropist; Valerie Radwaner, Deputy Chair at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; and “The Man We Love”, Bruce Mosler, Chairman, Global Brokerage, Cushman and Wakefield. To learn more, view our feature films below.


2018 CBI Celebration

In May 2018, CollegeBound Initative (CBI) recognized the tenacity of the young men and women we serve throughout New York City. Special thanks to our trailblazing honorees for their inspiration: Erika Irish Brown, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Bloomberg; Marjana Chowdhury, CBI Alumna and Legal Analyst, BlackRock; and Wes Moore, CEO, Robin Hood. To learn more, view our feature films below.


2017 (Em)Power Breakfast

Our schools are only as great as their leaders. In 2017, we recognized ‘The Power of Principals’ at TYWLS. Thank you to our honorees: Amanda Lipitz, Award Winning Broadway Producer; Joanne Podell, Executive Chairman, Cushman and Wakefield; Liz Robbins, Founder of Liz Robbins Associates; and “The Man We Love”, Kenya Barris, Creator and Showrunner of ABC’s black-ish. To learn more, view our feature films below.


2017 CBI Celebration

This year’s CBI celebration was unforgettable! We recognized the Class of 2017 who earned more than $450 million in financial aid. Thank you to our honorees: Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation; Melissa Brenner, Senior Vice President of Digital Media, NBA; and Paula Dofat, Director of College Counseling at our affiliate school Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. To learn more, view our feature films below.

20th Anniversary

In 2016, we celebrated two decades of educating New York City’s finest through our very own ‘Recipe for Success’ made possible by our founders, Ann and Andrew Tisch. Take a look back at our accomplishments over the years.


Celebrating 15 Years of Possibilities

For 15 years, CollegeBound Initiative (CBI) helped make the dream of college a reality for thousands of students. This work would not be possible without our dedicated staff, faculty and supporters who believe in our mission. Thank you to one of our 2016 CBI Celebration honorees Curtis Granderson, Major League Baseball Player, for inspiring our students to reach higher. To learn more, view our feature films below.

Celebrating CBI

This year’s CBI Celebration was one to remember! Not only did we celebrate the Class of 2016’s success but one of our students was also surprised with great news by celebrity guest, Usher! Thank you to our honorees: Deborah Roberts, 20/20 and Al Roker, TODAY Show; and John Koudounis, CEO, Calamos Investments. To learn more, view our feature films below.


Celebrating our Students

Our students are tomorrow’s leaders. To learn more about them and what inspires them to succeed, view our films below.

2015 (Em)Power Breakfast

In 2015, we celebrated ‘The Voice Inside’ the many talented students served through The Young Women’s Leadership Schools. Thank you to our honorees: Yarah Shahidi, ABC’s black-ish; Sherrie Westin, Executive Vice President of Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop; Kimberly Hatchett, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley; and “The Man We Love”, Fabrizio Freda, President and CEO, The Estee Lauder Companies.


2015 CBI Celebration

In 2015, CBI recognized the village it takes to raise up our leaders of tomorrow. Thank you to our honorees: Queen Latifah, Producer, Songwriter and Actress; Stephen Siegel, Chairman of Global Brokerage, CBRE; and Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group.


We Stand with Malala

Our 2013 (Em)Power Breakfast was a very special moment in the lives of our students and girls around the world. Activist, Malala Yousafazi, celebrated the power of women’s rights and education alongside our very own TYWLS students. With the help of the Tory Burch Foundation, our students were able to send hundreds of pairs of shoes to other young women in need at The School of Leadership in Afghanistan.


 The Early Years

‘Letters to Our Daughters’ recognizes the parents behind our amazing students. Check out some of our earlier student profiles.


College Acceptances

Our work is only made possible with the help of our friends and supporters. View some of our students officially receiving their college acceptances below.

Oh, The Places We’ll Go

View some of our earlier films of our students.