to foster systemic socio-economic change through grassroots education initiatives in public schools
SBI... serving Harlem’s A. Philip Randolph Campus High School since 1991
Redefining the public’s role in public schools
Throughout its 25-year affiliation with A. Philip Randolph Campus High School (Randolph), SBI has provided solutions to address the specific needs of Randolph and its diverse student population. Coming from neighborhoods throughout New York City including Washington Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant, East New York, Jamaica, Harlem, Parkchester, Crotona Park, and Far Rockaway, Randolph students have commonality. They all come from families with a limited network and knowledge-base to create a strategic path leading to continued upward growth and mobility. To address this need, SBI designed customized programs, which were implemented and operated as laboratory workshops. The workshops produced a series of best practices that have been used to create an education enhancement program for Randolph.
Branded as an “Inclusive Grassroots Cooperative” (IGC), SBI’s Randolph Program creates a cooperative that supports the students. It includes administrators, staff, parents/guardians, alumni and corporate and community partners. The community, with the structure created by this IGC, helps define priorities for the school and its students. In the case of Randolph, SBI focused on academic enrichment, comprehensive college access services, theatre production and performing arts, all aimed at preparing students attitudinally, socio-culturally, and academically for post secondary educational and career opportunities.
SBI’s Inclusive Grassroots Cooperative is a replicable framework for the next generation of Public Schools. This innovative and collaborative approach has redefined the public’s role in public schools.
Components of IGC
Through most of its first decade at A. Philip Randolph Campus