What started out as a single Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx has over the past 15 years grown to a total of six schools throughout all the five boroughs and Newark, New Jersey. Beyond the Academies, the launch of the Eagle Institute has expanded Eagle’s wingspan where training, coaching, and consulting services are now bringing the Eagle Model to educators everywhere – transforming the culture and climate of schools throughout the United States.
Educating, empowering, and guiding young men of color over the past 15 years would not have been possible without the devotion and investment of critical resources from our supporters. It is with the help of dedicated partners that over 1,700 Eagle alumni have been taught the CLEAR values of Confidence, Leadership, Effort, Academic Excellence, and Resilience. Scores more of their Eagle brothers currently enrolled at the Academies are benefitting from those values along with the Eagle Model and culturally-responsive educational practices that make the Eagle education unique and life-altering.
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 underserved individuals, namely African Americans, 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 African Americans.
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 African American 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 African American 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