ESTABLISHED IN 1991, THE CHAD SCHOOL FOUNDATION, INC.

is an education  policy  and  advocacy  organization  seeking to improve conditions in  public school systems  serving  disadvantaged children. Through the commissioning of research  and white papers  and convening of key policy and  decision makers, the Foundation champions  promising  efforts  to create high-quality public schools. Chad also assists in providing opportunities  to alter  the life chances  of  low-income,  yet aspiring  students  through  a limited number of academic scholarships

 RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

CHAD FOUNDATION AWARDS $10,000 GRANT TO EAGLE ACADEMY - NEWARK

On Friday, December 18, 2015, The Chad School Foundation presented a $10,000 check to the all-male Eagle Academy for Young Men of Newark. This check was the Foundation’s third contribution in as many years, and builds on Chad’s recent Black and Latino Male Achievement Policy Roundtable held in June, 2015. The Chad Foundation’s staff and trustees, along with representatives from the Newark Trust for Education were on hand to present the check to Eagle Academy.

Pictured from left to right in the front row: Corey Johnson, student, Eagle Academy; Malik Stewart, student, Eagle Academy; Mr. Semone Morant, Principal, Eagle Academy; Ernest Bell (kneeling), student, Eagle Academy; John Tejada (kneeling), student, Eagle Academy; Ms. Richmond Rabinowitz, Acting CEO, Newark Trust for Education; Reginald Lewis, Executive Director, The Chad School Foundation; William D. Payne, Vice-Chair, The Chad School Foundation; Ms. Joyce Eldridge-Howard, Chairwoman, Scholarship Committee, The Chad School Foundation; Ms. Michelle Diaz, Trustee, The Chad School Foundation. Standing in the back row from left to right: Mr. Joshua Gyimah, Project Manager, The Chad School Foundation; Kenneth Haynes, student, Eagle Academy; Mekhi Fields, student, Eagle Academy; Mr. Lawrence Munroe, Senior Administrator, The Chad School Foundation; Ms. Natalie Brathwaite, Director of Programs and Community Engagement, Newark Trust for Education; Mr. William Parrish, Chairman, Real Estate Committee, The Chad School Foundation; Mr. Altarik White, Executive Director, Leaders for Life.



CHAD FOUNDATION AWARDS $1,000 GRANT TO LEADERS FOR LIFE - NEWARK

On Friday, December 18, 2015, The Chad School Foundation presented a $1,000 check to Leaders for Life. This check was the Foundation’s first contribution to this after-school program, which provides mentoring and tutorial supports to South Ward youth. The Foundation’s staff and trustees were on hand to present the check to Mr. White.

Pictured from left to right: Mr. Joshua Gyimah, Project Manager, The Chad School Foundation; Mr. William Parrish, Chairman, Real Estate Committee, The Chad School Foundation; Ms. Michelle Diaz, Trustee, The Chad School Foundation; Ms. Joyce Eldridge-Howard, Chairwoman, Scholarship Committee, The Chad School Foundation; Mr. Altarik White, Executive Director, Leaders for Life; Hon. William D. Payne, Vice-Chair, The Chad School Foundation; Mr. Reginald Lewis, Executive Director, The Chad School Foundation, and Mr. Lawrence Munroe, Senior Administrator, The Chad School Foundation.


AUGUST LITERACY BLOCK PARTY

As a follow-up to discussions at the June Policy Roundtable on Black and Latino Male Achievement, the Chad Foundation partnered with the Foundation for Newark’s Future, the City of Newark’s Read and Believe Program, and the United Way of Essex and West Hudson in sponsoring a block party on literacy.

This event was held on August 22nd at Nat Turner Park in Newark, NJ.

Parents and students from across the city were on hand to receive books, backpacks, and other back-to-school materials distributed that day.



POLICY ROUNDTABLE: BLACK AND LATINO MALE ACHIEVEMENT

On June 13, 2015, at the  Bethany Baptist Church  in Newark, the  Foundation  held  its third citywide policy roundtable where stakeholders were engaged to learn about the challenges facing  Black and  Latino young  men, as  well  as  opportunities to  more  effectively  respond  to  the needs of boys of color.

Building on the theme, “Encourage and Equip,” an audience of over 160 parents, school practitioners, youth service providers, and policymakers were allowed to examine evidence-based models and strategies proven to yield positive results with young men (e.g., improving reading proficiency, increasing high school completion rates, and college and career readiness). Equally critical, participants were provided the opportunity to weigh in on a positive dialogue highlighting the aspirations of young men, including examples of boys beating the odds and succeeding in spite of the lack of familial and/or school and social supports (see video below). Speakers and panelists included Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Shawn Dove, CEO, National Campaign for Black Male Achievement; David Banks, CEO, Eagle Academy Foundation; Robert Clark, Executive Director of Youth Build Newark; and, Mark Comesanas, Principal of Fast Track Success Academy, Newark.

Prior to the close of the program, the audience participated in a collective call to action by adopting three policy recommendations to include the following: 1) Develop an Early Warning System for at-risk students; 2) Provide adequate college guidance to all students; 3) Establish moratorium on excessive student disciplinary practices.


DAVID C. BANKS - EAGLE ACADEMY

David C. Banks, Founding Principal of the all-male Eagle Academy, addresses a gathering of parents and educational stakeholders from the Newark Community during a Chad event for his new book SOAR. Click the tab to hear Mr. Banks inspire and challenge us all to support efforts to enhance the academic success and character development of boys of color.