From its humble beginnings as a single institution in the Bronx, the Eagle Academy for Young Men has, over the past 19 years, expanded to six schools spanning all five boroughs of New York City and extending to Newark, New Jersey. Beyond these academies, the Eagle Institute has further broadened our impact. Dedicated to training, coaching, and consulting, the Institute introduces the Eagle Model to educators nationwide, sparking transformation in school cultures and environments. To date, the Institute has empowered over 1,500 educators from 34 school districts in 65 cities across the country, including metropolises like New York, Los Angeles, Buffalo, and Chicago.
Eagle is delighted to acknowledge those partners who have each contributed over $1MM in support of the young men of the Eagle Academies and Eagle Alumni across the network.
The Fund II Foundation is a grant-making organization, which aims to improve the lives of marginalized individuals, namely Black people, and the communities they live in. Robert F. Smith is the founding director and President of the Fund II Foundation, supporting the important work of the Eagle Academies, along with many other charities focused on improving the lives of Black people.
The goals of the Academies are in sync with Mr. Smith’s own philosophies of academic excellence and hard work, and his philanthropic interests of promoting Black educational opportunities and encouraging at-risk students to achieve greatness. The Fund II Foundation has been a financial supporter of the Eagle Academies since their first grant was administered in 2016. They’ve become one of the Eagle Academies’ top donors, supporting programs for teacher training and coaching, among other initiatives. The work to lift up and educate thousands of male students of color from the New York public schools and in Newark, NJ is an honor for Fund II Foundation to support.
The two organizations both work tirelessly to inspire and promote educational opportunities for young Black men. Their hope is that these students will not only find themselves supported by school staff, their family and mentors, but that they will also return to their communities as sources of inspiration to others who might follow in their footsteps. In this way, Fund II Foundation hopes to help initiate a sea change of both educational opportunity and promotion of Black culture and heritage within these communities in New York and New Jersey that the Eagle Academies serve.
“For too long, young Black men have been left behind by an educational and cultural system that writes them off. The work of the Eagle Academies has shown that not only are all Black men worthy of a quality education, but when given the proper support and using the proven educational methodology, they can exceed all expectations to rise above.”
"...I found myself surrounded by people--starting with my mom, grandparents, uncles, and aunts, and leading to a string of wonderful role models and mentors--who kept pushing me to see more than what was directly in front of me, to see the boundless possibilities of the wider world and the unexplored possibilities within myself. People who taught me that no accident of birth--not being black or relatively poor, being from Baltimore or the Bronx or fatherless--would ever define or limit me." Wes Moore, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates