Our concern is that the ongoing battles to reform, revamp, and take control of the inner cities public schools has resulted in generations of undereducated, non competitive Inner city youngsters.
We believe that a failure to begin providing an alternative to the dysfuntional public schools is to fail the new and emerging generations. There already exist Black independent schools throughout the nation that do an excellent job on the critical levels of curriculum and instruction from pre K to 8th grade, teaching Math, Science, Technology, Black Studies, Media Arts, Film Making, Global History, Music, Engineering and more. They serve the communities where they exist far better than the public schools in those same communities.
Therefore, The National Black Leadership Alliance chaired by Bob Law, has created GRACE ( Granting Resources And Cultivating Excellence ) The Independent School Education Fund. We intend to begin extending funds to independent schools in Sept of this year, 2017. We are asking everyone, whether you have children in school at this time or not, to help us provide a real education for the emerging generations.
Serving Underserved Communities Through Education As Community Collaboration
Mission and Purpose
To Insure that underserved and low-income siblings enrolled in successful non-public independent schools serving Black children, are able to meet the academic, socio-emotional and financial requirements of attending these schools.
To Support these independent private schools in having the financial resources needed to employ an excellent staff and maintain the innovative learning environment needed for high-level student achievement.
History, Need and Rationales
GRACE which was formed in June 2017, has recently (December 2017) begun to distribute modest sums to Black independent schools. This is merely the beginning says former radio talk show host Bob Law, we are committed to providing much more money for many more schools. Two of the schools currently receiving funds from GRACE are The Freedom Home Academy, Chicago Illinois and The Learning Tree Stem Arts School, Queens New York.
At this point the funds are coming from the black communities that are served by the many excellent independent schools. We are hopeful that Black businesses and organizations will support this effort as they become aware of it says Law
The NBLA is calling on everyone whether you have children in school at this moment or not, to become a part of this movement to provide a quality and empowering education for the emerging generations of black youngsters. We do not mean to abandon the public schools, but to expand the struggle in order to increase the possibilities for successfully granting more black children an empowering education.
We are asking everyone to help give our children a future. Please send a small donation of $10.00 or more.
Board of Advisors:
Carl Clay / Director: Black Spectrum Theatre
Attorney Michael Hardy Esq.
Dr. Calvin Butts Pastor, Abyssinian Baptist Church
Dr. Olivia Ifill Lynch / Education Consultant
Sister Captain Emeritus Karriemah Muhammad
Linda Haynes. VP Marketing & Promotions, Motown Records.
Qualification criteria required to receive funds from GRACE.
Schools must be in existence at least two years
Schools must be known to GRACE and the National Black Leadership Alliance
School curriculum must meet all state requirements
School must specifically teach black studies either as a stand alone class or program or have it incorporated into all subjects
Schools must teach at least one foreign language (Some languages taught at current GRACE schools: Spanish, Arabic, Ibo, Swahili, Aca, and American Sign Language)
Parental Involvement: Parents whose children receive scholarship aid from GRACE grants must support and volunteer at the school, attending school / parent meetings is essential.
School must provide measureable outcomes of student progress (Some suggestions include some or all of the following: academic achievement, videos of teaching and learning or other school activities, student attendance, promotion data, graduation data)
Schools share with GRACE how funds have been used
Schools receiving funds from GRACE have agreed to the above criteria
What are some of the needs for which schools may use GRACE grant funds?
Operational expenses including rent and teacher salary
Student tuition supports and scholarships (Selection of students will be determined by the school officials)
Enrichment activities and programs
Equipment and Materials
Watch the video of our youth in action at an independent school!
- Kamm Howard
- Kwabena Rasuli
- Joanne Brown
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