The IMPACT Program began in 2006 as a way to boost college persistence for YES Prep graduates. The fact that over 90% of YES Prep’s graduating seniors are first-generation college-bound introduces a unique set of challenges for these students as they enter college. A strong emotional and academic support system at the college level, as well as the availability of financial aid, powerfully influences the likelihood of persistence. Since 2006, 84% of IMPACT Scholars have graduated from or are currently enrolled in their original IMPACT Partner or Affiliate institution.

To ensure these supports are available in college, YES Prep has entered into formal partnerships with a diverse and impressive group of colleges and universities across the country.  These partnerships enable YES Prep students to enroll in “cohorts.”  These cohorts, or clusters, of students are designed to serve as mutually supportive communities within the larger college campus.  Partner institutions provide structured support programs to complement YES Prep’s college counseling curriculum.  Additionally, YES Prep has purposely sought out and secured partnerships with colleges and universities willing to meet the full demonstrated financial need of selected students. 
Since the program’s inception in 2006, YES Prep has established 35 IMPACT Partners and Affiliates.  At full capacity, YES Prep anticipates maintaining IMPACT partnerships with 50 diverse colleges and universities.  In addition, more than 200 YES Prep students have matriculated to IMPACT partner schools over the last 8 years with 120 members of the Class of 2016 currently participating in the IMPACT Program on their high school campuses. 
College & University Partners Include:
Austin College
Bates College
Boston University
College of St. Benedict / St. John's University
Earlham College
George Washington University
Grinnell College
Iowa State University
Kenyon College
Lewis and Clark College
Lycoming College
Macalester College
Oberlin College
Scripps College
St. Olaf College
Trinity University
Washington and Jefferson College
Whitman College  

College & University Affiliates Include:
Carleton College
Colby College
Davidson College
Johns Hopkins University
Rice University
University of Rochester
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University