Recent Blog Postings

Recent Blog Postings

Posted on Friday, September 10, 2021
We are excited to welcome Ty Elie to Harlem Academy’s board of trustees. Ty is a national director at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Ty is fiercely committed to the organization’s mission: providing and protecting access to health care as a basic human right.  During her 15-year tenure, Ty has served in numerous positions advancing to her current role where she is responsible for oversight of the president’s portfolio of strategic priorities...
Tags: leadership
Posted on Wednesday, September 8, 2021
We are excited to welcome Carol B. Kenney to Harlem Academy’s board of trustees. Carol began her career at the New York Federal Reserve, followed by more than a decade working for Wall Street firms, first at Loeb Rhoades and ultimately with Shearson/American Express, as well as Wertheim and Company. Carol retired in 1986 to focus on her family and nonprofit work. For more than a decade, she led classes for the Zero-to-Three program at the Early Childhood Development Center, a division of the...
Tags: leadership
Posted on Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Harlem Academy Trustee Rodney Pope recognizes talent and drive when he sees it – traits that he says were on full display last year when he held practice interviews with Harlem Academy middle schoolers preparing for secondary school applications. “I remember thinking, ‘Wow, can I hire these kids?’” says Rodney, senior vice president, employee relations at Turner Construction.  The mock interviews were just one of the ways he and Turner Construction have supported Harlem Academy over the years...
Tags: supporters, leadership, trustees
Posted on Wednesday, July 7, 2021
We are excited to welcome Thomas Klein to Harlem Academy’s board of trustees. Tom is the co-founder of Greenwich Point Capital and an investor in growth companies and entrepreneurs. Prior to Greenwich Point, Tom served in a variety of executive leadership positions at technology-enabled service leaders including co-CEO of Morningside, a global leader in intellectual property solutions, and executive vice president of Sterling, the largest background screening company in the world. Previously...
Tags: leadership
Posted on Friday, June 4, 2021
Harlem Academy is deeply saddened by the loss of former trustee Bruno Bich, a longtime Harlem Academy supporter, advisor, and friend who passed away on May 30, 2021. For more than a decade, Bruno demonstrated a commitment to the success of our mission and our students. His wisdom and strength of character were invaluable as a trustee and, later, as an integral part of the school’s advisory council. Harlem Academy’s mission, creed, and guiding principles are the school’s driving forces, and...
Tags: leadership
Posted on Wednesday, May 5, 2021
We are excited to welcome Joshua Easterly to Harlem Academy’s board of trustees. Josh is a co-founding partner and co-president of Sixth Street, a $52 billion alternative asset manager. In addition, Josh serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Sixth Street Specialty Lending, Inc., a publicly traded specialty finance company.    Prior to co-founding Sixth Street, Josh was a managing director at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Americas Special Situations Group, which invested...
Tags: leadership
Posted on Wednesday, March 10, 2021
We are excited to welcome Avi Banyasz to Harlem Academy’s board of trustees. Avi is a partner and co-head of TPG Real Estate, the dedicated real estate equity investment platform of global alternative asset firm TPG.  Prior to joining TPG Real Estate in 2011, Avi served as a managing principal of Westbrook Partners. At Westbrook, Avi had primary responsibility for investing in the United States, but additionally spent several years focused on Westbrook's Western European business. Prior to...
Tags: leadership
Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2021
Harlem Academy alumna Madisyn Cunningham ’19 has always been a leader who stands up for what she believes in. Now, as a sophomore at Riverdale, she is having an even greater impact as co-founder of Black Students Demanding Change (BSDC), an organization working to implement racially equitable reform in private schools. “What started as a fun group chat for Black private school kids in New York City soon turned into a group of dedicated students ready to make change,” says Madisyn. “We amplify...
Tags: alumni, leadership
Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Alumnus Miles Williams ’16 embraced leadership during his four years at Lawrenceville: captain of the rock climbing team, captain and co-president of the Quiz Bowl team, editor of the school magazine. When he saw an opportunity to motivate others, he took it. “Across all of my leadership positions, I wanted to share what I'd learned from my experiences,” says Miles. He hopes to do the same at Carnegie Mellon, where he is currently a freshman. “Right now, I'm mostly looking to do well in my...
Tags: alumni, college, leadership
Posted on Monday, November 2, 2020
Harlem Academy alumni are making their voices heard in the fight for social justice and equity, continuing to exercise the leadership skills they developed as students here. We caught up with a few of these young activists to hear how they are effecting change in their communities and making their mark on the world. A Safe Space for Students Arielle Benjamin ’17, a junior at Spence, is advocating for students of color at independent schools in New York City. Earlier this year, she connected...
Tags: alumni, leadership, creed
Posted by Jade Morton-Alexander ‘16 on Thursday, June 25, 2020
I came to Harlem Academy as a shy first grader, and being able to spend all eight years there has made a big difference in my life. My teachers always encouraged me to challenge myself. And they did it in a way that made me feel accepted for who I was. My shyness was never treated as a negative; they simply helped me gain the confidence to come out of my shell. When you spend years in a school community that is so supportive, it’s normal to wonder if high school will be the same. I’ll admit...
Tags: alumni, college, leadership
Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Tom and Sera Reycraft first became involved at Harlem Academy in 2006 and have remained among our most committed supporters. Since 2009, Tom has served on the board of trustees and has chaired the committee on trustees, playing a key role in shaping the school’s growth and success during the last decade. A SPECIAL CONNECTION Harlem Academy’s mission to drive equity of opportunity resonated on a personal level for Tom. “My father was given an opportunity to attend a private independent day...
Tags: supporters, donors, trustees, leadership
Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2019
September is right around the corner, and sixth-grader Amadu is looking forward to more than entering seventh grade. He’s also looking forward to seeing Tanner Powers again – his mentor at Harlem Academy for the past two years. “I really like working with him,” says Amadu. “He’s helpful, caring, and a really good person to talk to.” The two have built a close bond – one that benefits the mentor as much as the mentee. “I wanted a way to give back, and mentoring at Harlem Academy allows me to...
Tags: supporters, middle school, leadership
Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019
Tara Eagan ‘12 found her voice at Harlem Academy and she’s using it to make a positive difference at her new home, the University of Rochester. Tara came to Harlem Academy with great potential but little experience grappling with advanced academics. It didn’t take her long to catch on and by eighth grade she was earning standardized test scores at the 92nd percentile.   However, Tara acquired more than a transformational education during her time with us; she also gained the confidence to be...
Tags: secondary school, alumni, leadership
Posted on Monday, March 18, 2019
When Ariana Phillips ’17 has a goal, nothing will stop her from achieving it. Whether it’s starting a new club at school, learning Russian, or overcoming a challenge, this Andover sophomore continues to live our creed every day. I Take Opportunities to Lead Earlier this year, Ariana started her school’s first photography club, The Andover Edition, which melds her long-standing interest in photography with fashion and social media. She and other members photograph Andover students for the...
Tags: alumni, creed, leadership, secondary school, college
Posted by Malik Middleton ’18 on Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Every spring, Harlem Academy’s eighth grade class visits Washington, D.C. to meet with some of our nation’s leaders. The four-day trip gives our students a tangible way to reflect on our country’s past and present – and to consider their role in its future. Here, one eighth grader shares his inspiring experience meeting Congressman John Lewis. Even before my classmates and I arrived at Congressman John Lewis’ office, I knew it would be an experience I’d never forget. However, I didn’t...
Tags: leadership, middle school, trips
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018
Impact
As a new school year begins, it’s wonderful to see the familiar faces of returning students and the fresh faces of our new class of first-graders. We have much to celebrate as we kick off a new year, from the tremendous achievement of our most recent graduating class of eighth-graders – 100% of whom are now attending selective secondary schools – to the fact that every one of our graduates is making a mark within their communities, including back here at Harlem Academy. Our students are...
Tags: leadership
Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2018
Thank you for making Harlem Academy’s Spring Benefit such a success. More than 400 guests joined us at The Pierre on April 18th, raising over $1 million toward scholarships. Your support provides a transformational opportunity that prepares our students to become tomorrow’s leaders.  You can revisit a few favorite moments from last night by checking out our photo gallery and video, “Harlem Academy: Developing Future Leaders.” Don Lemon poses with eighth graders Malik, Essence, Alberto and...
Tags: leadership, trustees, Spring Benefit, donors
Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2018
Schools and media outlets, particularly during Black History Month, often focus on past struggles when talking about communities of color. At a recent community meeting, our seventh graders wanted to take a more inspiring approach and celebrate the joyful moments that uplift the African-American community. “Black Joy” – the theme of the meeting – was the brainchild of 12-year-old Madisyn Cunningham. Harlem Academy’s weekly community meetings are inspired by the Quaker tradition and provide a...
Tags: leadership