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Sound Business, Inc. is the only in-residence, non-profit organization to operate for 34 years within a NYC Department of Education high school-A. Philip Randolph Campus High School. SBI strives to be an incubator of youth empowerment, community building, and social change by providing transformative educational experiences.  Our progressive Inclusive Grassroots Cooperative (IGC) framework is an exemplar for middle and high schools throughout New York City as well as in communities across the nation and the world. Through engaging all members of our community, we are redefining the public’s role in public schools.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Virtual Gala Series

Our Virtual Gala Series was a testament to our unwavering commitment to education and community support, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our previous virtual galas, available on YouTube, emphasize the resilience and adaptability of our organization and the incredible support we've received during those challenging times. Check them out below.

2021 SBI Virtual Gala | Reimagining Public Support for Public Schools
Sound Business, Inc.

2021 SBI Virtual Gala | Reimagining Public Support for Public Schools

Join us as Sound Business, Inc. (SBI) hosts its annual Benefit Gala virtually, for a second year. The benefit gala will include appearances by Charles Thompson, SBI Founder and Executive Director and Kelly Downing, SBI Deputy Director. Also appearing will be (1) Shanté Skyers, Associate Director of Development, Harlem Stage, (2) Stephanie Akunvabey, Ed.D., Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Roger Williams University, and (3) Christopher Calienes, Director for Institutional Research, Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The Gala will feature performances by (1) AJ Foster, Comedian (2) Am Segulah Dance Company, Sarai Kearse, Traditional West African Dance Choreographer, and (3) AThomasProject, Alrick Thomas, Choreographer. Based in A. Philip Randolph Campus High School since 1991, SBI has created a replicable model for expanding and diversifying the support networks of urban public high schools. It educates, organizes, and mobilizes the school’s community thus forming a foundation upon which real grassroots change can emanate. Reimagining the general public's role as active stakeholders is key to the success of this framework.The engagement of our community (identified as an Inclusive, Grassroots Cooperative - IGC) prevented the break-up of this legendary West Harlem public school in the early 2000s. Its existence also persuaded the NYCDOE to fund a feasibility study in response to SBI's capital improvement proposal for Randolph. This proposal incorporated the complete modernization of Randolph’s interior and designating Randolph as an Urban Education Laboratory School serving northern Manhattan secondary schools. Randolph AFC Connect, an online networking platform designed to serve the 11,000 plus Randolph alumni, will be the communities’ latest initiative aimed at supporting alumni and engaging them in the business of educating Randolph students, while preserving and building upon the Randolph legacy of empowerment. Chapters: Intro - 0:00 Photo Montage: Randolph Through the Years - 1:13 Host: Welcome - Maija Garcia - 2:24 Executive Director’s Recap of 2020-2021 - 3:04 Dr. Stephanie Akunvabey - 6:13 Host: This Years Theme - 9:14 Melanie Castro: IGC Model - 9:30 Chris Calienes - 10:46 SBI Program Overview 2021-2022 - 12:30 Segment #1: Saving APRCHS - 15:30 Anthony Walker Foster - 19:32 Michael Gumbs - 21:44 SBI Executive Director & Deputy Director: Pt. 1 - 23:57 “Gravity” by AThomasProject - 29:20 Host: The Performing Arts Experience - 34:22 Evan Johnson - 35:31 Jeremy Jaico - 38:09 Alyssa Velez ; Randolph Senior - 40:13 SBI Executive Director & Deputy Director: Pt. 2 - 40:58 Segment #2: Feasibility Study - 44:22 Melanie Castro - 46:36 Host: Investing in the Arts - 48:24 Harlem Stage: Shanté Skyers - 49:05 Spotlight Award Recipient - Dr. Barry Goldenberg & Harlem Prep - 50:42 Segment #3: Alumni & Friends Committee - 56:05 Jumirna Alcober - 58:40 Maverick Award: Charles Thompson - 1:00:35 Board of Directors - 1:03:40 Sponsors - 1:03:57 Hosts: Donate - 1:04:14 “Segulah” by Am Segulah Dance Company - 1:04:19 Host: Closing - 1:08:25 Credits - 1:08:58 Folks interested in contributing can do so on our main campaign page: Follow Us: Facebook: Instagram: Thanks For Watching!
2020 SBI Virtual Gala | Drawing Our Path Forward
Sound Business, Inc.

2020 SBI Virtual Gala | Drawing Our Path Forward

Thank you for joining this year's SBI 2020 Virtual Gala Benefit! We are happy to share with you our organization's work and mission, musical and dance performances, and to introduce to you individuals in our network of artists, sponsors, community partners, and alumni. This gala benefit is focused on raising funds to restore one full-time counselor position and part-time support positions for the 2020-21 school year at A. Philip Randolph Campus High School in New York City. Contributions of any amount are helpful and much appreciated! Folks interested in contributing can do so on our main campaign page: We hope you enjoy the event. With appreciation, Sound Business, Inc. Chapters: Intro - 0:00 Host: Intro - 1:54 President of the Board - 5:02 Hosts: Maija Garcia - 7:35 Maija Garcia - 8:08 Inside The Castle - 8:56 Mitaynes & Oliver - Afro-Caribbean - 17:16 Alumni Gallery - 20:18 Dr. Stephanie Akunvabey Interview Segment #1 - 22:50 College Prep Slide - 26:25 Student Advancement Center Slide - 26:37 CCPI Testimonials - 26:52 Individual Contributors - 28:31 Thank You to Our Partners - 28:47 Thank You to our Alumni & Friends Committee - 29:04 Be Woke (Spoken Word) Jelanie & Melanie - 29:21 Host: Appeal - 33:30 Dr. Stephanie Akunvabey Interview Segment #2 - 34:50 BLM Memorial (Wake Up) - 39:31 SBI Founder's Award Intro - 41:27 Founder's Award Recipient: Glorine Dobbins Edwards - 41:41 Founder's Award Recipient: Cameron Toth - 42:28 DJ M'Fresh (Anderson .PAAK Intro) - 42:59 Spotlight Award Recipient - Anderson .PAAK - 43:35 Charles Thompson Interview Segment #1 - 44:28 Alumni & Friends Committee - 53:54 A. Philip Randolph Quote - 54:09 Charles Thompson Interview Segment #2 - 54:28 Alumni Appeal: Geordano Abreu - 59:50 Alumni Appeal: Caralene Robinson - 1:00:51 Charles Thompson Interview Segment #3 - 1:02:28 Hosts:Outro - 1:06:49 AThomasProject - Make a Way - 1:07:54 Ending Credits - 1:12:22 Folks interested in contributing can do so on our main campaign page: Follow Us: Facebook: Instagram: Thanks For Watching!

"Equality is the heart and essence of democracy, freedom, and justice, equality of opportunity in industry, in labor unions, schools and colleges, government, politics, and before the law. There must be no dual standards of justice, no dual rights, privileges, duties, or responsibilities of citizenship. No dual forms of freedom."

Asa Philip Randolph

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