As a senator, Hillary Clinton supported the creation of the Eagle Academy to educate at-risk youth in New York City. Eagle Academy principal David Banks spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
David Banks, Hillary Clinton and the New Single-Gender Education
Nueva Educación Diferenciada en práctica: Harlem, Bronx y Queens. Leamos la historia en boca de uno de sus artífices, David Banks, director de The Eagle Academy:
“Good evening. My name is David Banks I am the President and CEO of the Eagle Academy in New York.
In 2004 the High School graduation rate was only about 30%. And 75% of New York State’s entire prison population came from just 7 neighborhoods in New York City. If you were one of the young men growing up in these areas, the odds will start against you.
So, together with the organization, of 100 black men, we answered the call to do something about this crisis. Since 2004, the Eagle Academy has educated nearly 4,000 young men, 98% of our graduates are accepted to College.
We are making a big difference now, but we could not have done it alone. You see, there was one leader who was with us from the very beginning and she was our earliest champion. One leader who understood that addressing the crisis facing young men of color in our country required innovative measures. One leader who pushed to open the first Eagle Academy in the Bronx. And she made a promise to return four years later to offer the keynote address to our first graduating class. And that is a promise that she kept. You see, I am with Hillary Clinton because she has been with us.
Today we have young men who are confident, future leaders who are resilient. ¡Just look at them, America! They are brilliant and full of promise. And we start every day with the poem Invictus, it is the same poem that strengthened the resolve of the imprisoned Nelson Mandela when he recited it each day.
So, young men of the Eagle Academy, Invictus:
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
The Eagle Academy
The mission of The Eagle Academy for Young Men is to develop young men committed to the pursuit of academic excellence, strong character, and responsible leadership. It is a college-preparatory school focused and committed to the school’s guiding principles of: Academic Excellence, Mentoring, Leadership, Integrity, Character Development, and Community Service.
New Single-GenderEducation | Equal and Different
Equal and Different, is an association promoted by parents, alumni and teachers whose purpose is to promote educational pluralism, through the dissemination and support of the New Single-Gender educational model under equal conditions, at national and international levels. It seeks to respond to the uniqueness of each person, overcome gender stereotypes, reduce school failure and advance educational equity.
E&D focuses its action around three axes: promoting the social mobilization of parents and former students; the dialogue with journalists, to improve the knowledge of this educational model and the relationship with politicians and social actors.
Learn more about Equal and Different here.