In 2011, New York City launched the Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) to improve the education, employment, justice, and health outcomes of black and Latino young men. The Expanded Success Initiative (ESI) represents the education component of YMI and focuses on increasing students’ college and career preparedness. With support from Open Society Foundations, ESI is organized around two primary strategies. The first involves testing and disseminating the best practices of 40 high schools working to improve their academic, youth development and school culture practices to better align with college readiness indicators. The second entails the creation of a breakthrough high school model to holistically prepare all students for college, career and life success.
This model has been put into practice in a set of new high schools—a collective of public schools—known as EPIC Schools: The Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice, EPIC High School North, EPIC High School South and South Bronx Community Charter High School. South Bronx Community Charter High School is the newest addition to the EPIC network of schools, and is EPIC’s first charter high school.
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