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Lock 1 Introduces Syracuse middle school students to coding, robotics, engineering and quantitative reasoning. With efforts that include summer and after-school programs, Lock 1 supports academic achievement for vulnerable students while introducing them to exciting technology career pathways.

Lock 2 Provides high school students with academic support and an emphasis on college and career readiness. Lock 2 leverages partnerships to improve graduation rates and empowers at-risk students to dream and work toward new possibilities for their
futures and careers.

Programs & Services




"Erie 21 helped guide me through the Questbridge National College Match application. As a first-generation student, I had no idea where to start with the college process, but everyone was there to help me every step of the way. I joined ERIE21 in my sophomore year of high school, and I learned and grew from the incredible opportunities this program provides." - Esraa




  • From June 1- May 1, 2023, ERIE21 students received over 12,600 contact hours.
  • ERIE21 Lock 2 graduates have been placed into STEM, and other undergraduate programs, at Le Moyne College, Clarkson University, Cornell University, Colgate University, Onondaga Community College, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Albany, Syracuse University, Utica University, and others. In many cases students are channeled  into collegiate opportunity programs such as ERIE21 Lock 3, H/EOP, TRiO, C-STEP, Cabrini, and others.
  • 100% on-time high school graduation with program participants as of May 2023.
  • 180 students completed ERIE21 summer programming in 2022. 
  • Students have presented their best work locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • Lock 1 and 2 students participated in multiple community service events in 2022-23.