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.
“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.
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.
Robert F. Smith tops the list of Black billionaires in America, but it’s his philanthropic work that’s grabbed the most headlines, including a commencement speech where he promised to pay off the student loans of the 2019 graduating class of Morehouse College. Now Smith’s latest gift is designed to teach young people how to handle money, through an app called Goalsetter. TODAY’s Craig Melvin reports.