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Bronx Letters Co-Founder Mike Jackson was presented with FFL’s Distinguished Service Award on February 26th. Special guest hosts included chef, author and television personality Anthony Bourdain and author, The Daily Beast editor and CNN political commentator John Avlon. Cocktails were mixed by Jim Meehan of PDT, while a Chefs’ tasting featured Briskettown, Babycakes, Calliope, Chez Sardine, Del Posto, Momofuku Milk Bar, Toloache This year’s Spirit of the Raven Award recipient, Mike Jackson, was celebrated for his vision as well as for his tireless commitment to affording students the essential opportunities that will set them on a track to college and beyond. As the founding chair of the External Support Organization of the Bronx Academy of Letters, and founder of the Foundation for Letters, Mike has spearheaded a grassroots effort that has raised over $4 million to support urban education in under-served communities.

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In September of 2003, Mike Jackson, Joan Sullivan, and Will Georgantas saw their dream come alive when they welcomed Bronx Letters’ inaugural freshman class of 75 students to a new school located in the South Bronx, the poorest congressional district in the nation.

Twelve years after it was founded, Bronx Letters continues to provide a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and with the help of our supporters, provides tremendous exposure to extracurricular enrichment opportunities. Today, the school serves over 600 students in grades 6-12, 85%-90% of whom qualify for free and reduced school lunch. The Bronx Letters class of 2013 boasted a high school graduation rate of 87% – 33% higher than the city average.
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Thanks in part to our generous supporters, the first three classes of BAL graduates have now completed college and are making their lives in the world – embarking on careers in finance and social work, publishing and education – and breaking the cycle of poverty that continues to threaten children growing up in underserved neighborhoods in New York City.