One Hundred Black Men is the founder and supporter of the Eagle Academy Foundation (www.eafnyc.org), which has launched six secondary schools serving 2,000 students located in New York City and Newark, New Jersey. Students at these all-male public schools are predominately African-American and Latino with approximately 75% of students qualifying for free and reduced-price lunch, indicating the majority are from low-income households living at or below the poverty line. The Eagle graduation rate is 78% compared to 50% in NYC and 52% nationally for African American and Latino males. 100% of Eagle graduates were accepted into college in 2013 – 2014.
We are a supporter of New York City’s Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) which is the precursor to President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper.” YMI provides strategic policy and programmatic capacity to transform the lives of Black and Latino males in education, employment, health, and justice.
The 100 is also a member of the following committees and councils focused on improving educational outcomes.
- “New York State Regents Blue Ribbon Committee on Black and Latino Boys” explores the development of policy instruments and strategies to create a state-wide version of My Brother’s Keeper.
- “National Industry Certification for Educators (N.I.C.E.)” is a multi-stakeholder collaboration between the NYC Department of Education, the United Federation of Teachers, corporate partners, and non-profit organizations to standardize and package career and technical education curricula and certification for teachers across nine different industries.
- The “Brooklyn STEAM Center” is a technical education hub being developed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard; an industrial park; that will allow students from eight high schools to participate in a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) program model focused on five industry areas including information technology, media and design, engineering, construction (electrical, welding), and culinary arts. This model will also include career and technical education, work-based learning in collaboration with multiple industry partners, and access to relevant college course work provided by the City University of New York.