Across some urban areas of the United States, as many as 50% of Black males do not graduate from high school. An Ocean Hill public school is fixing this, one student at a time.
Team reMind Me of Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem took 3rd place, with a $2,500 cash prize… Team reMind Me presented an iOS app designed to combat and address procrastination which is linked to mental health concerns.
“One of the things that we wanted to do is actually create a school and a culture where young men could feel safe, where young men can authentically just be themselves, be boys.” – Donald Ruff, Jr.
WBC Cares visited with Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem. Eagle Academy is the only school in NYC with a boxing program and now that youth are returning to class, they are going to start it again. It helps to have an activity like this to bring children back to School and keep them involved.
Brooklyn student Leslie Gomez Rivera used to avoid the Midwood High School cafeteria at all costs, spending her lunchtime in classrooms or the library and sometimes going the whole day without eating.
Mr. Banks, who founded the Eagle Academy, a network of public schools for boys, is the first commissioner named to Mayor-elect Eric Adams’s administration.
NEW YORK — A candid conversation, up close and personal with NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, answering questions from students of color during the Eagle Academy’s 19th virtual town hall to discuss the state of our country, systemic racism, inequality and so much more.
“Where we are today, recognizing we have an awful lot of work to still do,” said Shea. “I think that middle ground is where we can get, not just New York City but really the country back to where we want to be.”
Meisha Porter, a longtime Bronx educator whom Mayor Bill de Blasio named on Friday as his choice to replace Richard A. Carranza as schools chancellor, began her path to the chancellorship as a teenage activist who caught the attention of a group of urban planners in the South Bronx in the early 1990s.
Ms. Porter, who will be the first Black woman to lead the nation’s largest school system, was a youth organizer in the Highbridge neighborhood, and Richard Kahan, who was coordinating the planning for a 300-block area of the community, invited her to a meeting with local leaders at the Bronx borough president’s office.