According to the US Census Bureau, 46% of black children and 40% of Latino children live in poverty. Income has a high correlation with educational levels.
According to the Civil Rights Data Collection's 2009 - 2010 statistics from 72,000 schools in 7,000 districts, serving about 85% of the nation's students: Overall, black students were three and a half times as likely to be suspended or expelled than their white peers, undoubtedly paving the way for students to fall behind and drop out.
Unemployment rates are usually closely tied to factors such as education, language barriers and criminal backgrounds - factors that plague the Harlem community and hinder the re-engagement of disconnected youths.
With a national high school enrollment rate of 56% of African Americans as of 2007, only 43% of these students graduated. New York City has three of the 10 districts with the lowest graduation rates for African American males.
Project Brownstone, Inc. sees an opportunity for its services based on the following:
Project Brownstone offers the following:
Amistad Watch was formed to monitor the progress of the Amistad Commission, legislated by Assemblymen, Keith Wright and Tom Alfano, in 2005, to incorporate the African American experience into the American History curriculum of our schools.
Video Project: "The Impact of Knowledge," is a compilation of live testimonials to emphasize the value of access and knowledge about the past - and how it informs the present and the future.
Textbook Stipend Project assists 10 underserved Harlem high school graduates transition to full-time college/university studies.
The program will extend Project Brownstone's influence and guidance, plus provide much-needed financial assistance for kids that cannot afford to purchase textbooks, which can hinder academic progress.
Project Brownstone a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions received from individuals, foundations, and corporations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.