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Young Women’s Leadership Academy receives $100k donation from Mark Cuban

Fort Worth ISD has announced that its Young Women’s Leadership Academy will receive a $100,000 donation from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. The funds will come through Cuban’s recent donation to the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth. The donation was made on North Texas Giving Day.

The Foundation, which supports the mission of Fort Worth ISD’s first and only single-gender school for young women, was among seven North Texas nonprofits Mr. Cuban committed a combined $850,000 to during North Texas Giving Day, Thursday, September 20.   The donations are part of $10 million in donations Mr. Cuban announced Wednesday that he’s contributing to women’s advocacy nonprofits following an NBA investigation relating to the workplace climate with his basketball club.

The Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth is the only Fort Worth-based organization and the only education institution benefitting from the contribution, according to Foundation officials.

The Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy supports YWLA’s three pillars: college readiness, leadership and wellness life skills as well as its STEAM initiatives. With the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth’s support in just the last year, YWLA students have had opportunities to study abroad, participate in college test preparation courses and visit colleges and universities, according to school officials.

Courtney Radcliffe, executive director for the Foundation, told Fort Worth ISD that she found out about the donation Thursday evening, when North Texas Giving Day officials sent her an email informing her of Cuban’s donation. She said the gift came as a surprise.


The Foundation supports Young Women’s Leadership Academy, a single-gender public school in the Fort Worth Independent School District. Its purpose is to provide funding for programs that enhance academic achievement and offer leadership opportunities that promote the success of every student in college, career and life. For more details, visit


Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA) is a U.S. Department of Education recognized, National Blue Ribbon School. Fort Worth ISD’s first and only single-gender school for girls is designed to prepare young leaders for college readiness, college completion, and life-long community leadership. This seven-year program optimizes student potential through rigorous academics, social-emotional programming, community service, leadership development and individualized college planning.  YWLA is a member of the Yung Women’s Preparatory Network, which provides the private enhancements to our public school based on college readiness, leadership and wellness life skills, so that our graduates achieve academic success and are prepared for college and life.  Learn more at publishes every week.
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