Our mission

 To equip every youth with character and competencies so that they can steward the world faithfully.

Our Vision

To become the most trusted education advisor to Chinese families.

Our Passion

We dedicate ourselves to create a one-stop-shop for education resources and solutions.

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Our Education Model

YSA utilizes a leadership development framework called 5C that is widely used in global companies and ministry organizations. Our services are built on this framework to develop a fully formed adult who can steward the world faithfully. 

01

Conviction

YSA believes there are truth and truth will set us free. Today’s youth needs to answer this very important question: who am I and what do I believe. Through all of its programs and courses, YSA helps its students to explore and discover their own set of core beliefs that can become the cornerstone of their lives.

02

Community

Through various community service programs, YSA provides tremendous opportunities for its students to be more “Others” focused and recognized by distinguished programs such as the President’s Volunteering Service Award in the US and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in the UK. We also encourage our students to be kind to everyone they meet. 

03

Calling

YSA provides career assessment to help our students to understand their passion and potential majors in college. We challenge them to discover their life mission and encourage them to pursue a career and life that is meaningful and impactful.

04

Character

YSA emphasizes on characters such as humility, responsibility, gratitude, perseverance, and respect. We set guidelines and boundaries at home and at school. We discipline them in love and praise them for positive behavior and attitude.

05

Competencies

YSA expects our students to excel academically, as the best as their ability allows. However, to be competent means more than an A+ student. YSA provides training and programs to help our students to become a critical thinker, a convincing communicator, and an impactful influencer. 

Our Companies

“Iron sharpens Iron”, 1 plus 1 plus 1, should be more than 3.

That’s the belief of the five founders of YouStrong Academy. YouStrong Academy (YSA) was founded to provide a one-stop-solution to meet the educational needs of Chinese families. By putting our minds and hearts together, we believe we can be more effective and provide more value to our customers.

YSA’s mission is to equip youth with characters and competencies so that they can faithfully steward the world. The core of YSA’s education model is 5Cs: conviction, community, character, calling, and competencies. 

We are looking to partner with more like-minded companies and individuals to advance our mission. If you are motivated by the same cause, please give us a call! 

Our Leaders

Jenny Lehren

Senior Partner

As an independent college application consultant, Jenny Lehren has helped numerous students get into their dream schools by utilizing her expertise in college research, essay coaching, and adolescent motivation. A former journalist, writer, editor, and marketing communication specialist, Jenny enjoys the process of helping students to reflect on their identity, interest, and inspirations in the process of the college application and achieving a better understanding of themselves and the world.

She is the founder and CEO of Lehren Education, a premier college application consulting firm based in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Lehren Education focuses on providing professional counseling services for students applying for UK and American’s most selective colleges and universities. Jenny Lehren holds an MBA from Harvard business school and a BA in history and a Master in Journalism from Fudan University, Shanghai. Lehren Education is a member of the Michigan Association of College Application Counseling (MACAC)

 

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Priscilla Zhong

Senior Partner

Priscilla joined PREP in 2015 and has been fundamental in establishing a close relationship with our students and their parents. She oversees students’ academic and extra-curricular development, advises on college applications, and serves as the warm-hearted, loving mentor in PREP.

Priscilla graduated from Peking University with a degree in Finance and earned an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional expertise is in pricing analysis and strategy. She had significant leadership roles at both P&G China and Dell Global.

 

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Sarah Song

Senior Partner

As an expert in training youth mindset and personal effectiveness, Sarah believes college application results should be a natural fruit of a mindful and purposeful planned high school career. She takes delight in seeing her students grow from “I want to get in a big name college” to “I am a person who knows more about myself and this world”, and “I have more sense of the purpose of life and can work confidently towards my goals”.
Sarah shares a passion for youth development with other YSA partners. She brings 10 years of professional training and coaching experience to YSA. Before dedicating herself to education, Sarah was a Senior Manager at Oliver Wyman, a US management consulting firm. Her professional experience also includes working for Veritas Scholars Academy, a US classical education school, Dialogue in the Dark China, and Asian Development bank.
Sarah graduated from Dartmouth College (MBA) and Fudan University. She lives in Shanghai with her husband and son.

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Gary Wu

Senior Partner

Gary Wu brings tremendous cross-cultural experience and a passion for youth development to YSA. He established Light 2 Path in 2017, providing quality online English training and impactful camp experiences for cultural immersion to Chinese students. He has coached many youth & young professionals at church since 2012. He was also an English teacher for 2 years.

His professional experience also included serving as the Chief Researcher Officer at a consumer research firm in China, working at General Motors (Detroit and Shanghai), an international trading company, and a top publishing house (both in Beijing).

Gary holds a BA in English from Beijing Foreign Studies University in China and an MBA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He lives in Bloomfield Hills, MI with his wife and two daughters.

 

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Ed Wu

Senior Partner

Ed has 20+ years of professional management experience including Sales Manager at Procter & Gamble China and Marketing Director at Dell, responsible for the global eCommerce optimization of dell.com. He founded Premier Education Partners (PREP) in 2014 and has led PREP to successful growth and expansion in the past seven years.

In addition, Ed serves as the President of Huanggang High School Overseas Alumni Association, and Youth Committee Chair, and Board of Director of Austin Chinese-American Network, both a 501(c)(3) organization.

With his rich experience in both commercial and non-profit organizations and his passion for youth development, Ed is excited to work with his colleagues to make YSA the most trusted education advisor to Chinese families. 

Ed holds a B.A. from Peking University in China and an MBA from the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan. He resides in Austin Texas with his wife and two children.

 

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We are looking for like-minded educators, companies, non-profit, or individuals to partner and together we can build a better future for today’s youth!

 

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