Each fall, our eighth graders write essays as part of their applications to the city's most prestigious high schools, programs they might never have considered attending before they joined us at George Jackson Academy. Carl writes, "I live in Soundview, Bronx. Worn out sneakers are hung on top of wires, drugs are sold, and gang territory is marked. I used to think that the neighborhood made the young man. Now, however, I realize that we have the ability to change our paths. My environment was getting the best of me—but exposure to GJA, to education and opportunity such as debating, active classes, and passionate writing made me feel whole."
There is no greater prize than these hopeful words: the story of a young man whose life, ideals, and opportunities were transformed at George Jackson Academy. Carl is one of 141 such young men, boys who join GJA as children of 8 or 9, and who leave as young men of 13 or 14, ready to tackle the challenge of high school and the commitment of college.
With 70% of GJA families living below the poverty line for New York City, our graduates' great success is made possible only through the sustained, generous support of many benefactors. The school commits to raising over 90% of its operating budget annually in order to give students a life-changing education.
We are so grateful for your support of this important work. GJA changes lives, you can too with a gift to our annual fund today.