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The Infamous Future

HBO Max began streaming “The Infamous Future,” on January 1, 2021 highlighting the unique pedagogy of The Eagle Academy Foundation’s schools, which center Black and brown boys in pursuit of...
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Academic gap: Why Black students lag behind in schools and what’s being done to fix it

November 16, 2020

NEW YORK — When David C. Banks helped open the first Eagle Academy for Young Men in the South Bronx in 2004, he had a goal firmly in mind.

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PIX11 Interview on NYC Return to School

Oct 27, 2020

Eagle Academy President & CEO David C. Banks sits on the city advisory board to reopen schools. He explains his disagreement with reopening the schools, and the impact the closure and lack of resources is having on youth. He calls on more support for teachers and leaders.

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Inside City Hall: State of Our Schools

October 9, 2020

Eagle Academy Foundation President & CEO David C. Banks appears on NY1 to discuss the reopening of middle & high schools during COVID pandemic. 

Bronx News 12: State of Our Schools


September 25, 2020

Bronx – Eagle President & CEO David C. Banks offers hope to parents and teachers in challenging times.

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How Library of Black Protagonists Will Help Kids of Color

February 26, 2020

NowThis News – The Rising Voices Library is full of books with protagonists of color to inspire Black & Latino kids and provides them with high-interest, culturally relevant texts that give context to what they’re experiencing in the world around them.

The Eagle Academy for Young Men is beating the odds when it comes to students of color

February 24, 2020

The Eagle Academy for young men is helping students defy the odds with a graduation rate of almost ninety percent compared to the national rate of just under sixty percent.

PIX11: A Unique Collection in the Bronx of Black, Latino Male Stories

February 12, 2020

Brooklyn – PIX11 Highlights an important book collection curated by Eagle Academy President & CEO David C. Banks in collaboration with Scholastic. Principal Cecelia Gutierrez shared with PIX11 News, how the Rising Voices Collection “ties in with the work that we’re doing to make sure all of our students have equitable access to books that are relatable — books that tell their story.”

Summit Aims to Empower Young Men of Color

February 8, 2020

Brownsville – The Eagle Academy Foundation in Brownsville kicked off its Black History celebrations with a summit that aims to achieve social change. Students listened to speakers, took part in workshops and participated in African rituals, such as the transformation walk where the students are blindfolded and led by their mentors — signifying the transition from boyhood to manhood.

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TEDX: Empowering Young Men of Color to SOAR Above Adversity – TEDX Fairfield University 

Nov 20, 2019

Fairfield- The Eagle Academy Foundation President & CEO David C. Banks outlines his visionary approach to the education of young men of color, emphasizing a partnership between schools and communities based on the guiding principles of academic excellence, leadership, and character development.  Banks’ visionary approach to the education of young men of color emphasizes a partnership between schools and communities based on the guiding principles of academic excellence, leadership, and character development. His model has been adopted in schools throughout all five New York City boroughs and Newark, with replication of the model set to expand nationally.


October 18, 2019 

Queens – Research shows young men of color are underrepresented at colleges across the country, but Eagle Academies are trying to change that with a college fair open to only Black males.


September 5, 2019

La producción narra las vivencias en las escuelas Eagle Academy, que ofrecen formación de calidad para afroestadounidenses y latinos en Nueva York y Newark. Elizabeth Almonte, directora de innovación de la entidad, explicó que en las aulas los jóvenes crecen en un ambiente donde se sienten seguros y así pueden aprovechar al máximo el aprendizaje.

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