Fourteen years ago, the Advisory Board of the Bronx Academy of Letters was formed to provide educational resources and enrichment opportunities to one small school in the Bronx, NY.
The vision of the Board was that in urban public schools, where resources were limited, external support for literacy education could provide improved academic performance, increased college readiness and better global citizenship among students. The Board supported and implemented programs at the Bronx Academy of Letters that stressed increased fluency in communication, through immersion with the “word” – written, spoken and performed.
After more than a decade of experience serving as the primary external support organization for Bronx Letters, the Advisory Board incorporated in 2012 and formed the Foundation for Letters. Since 2012, FFL has continued its support of Bronx Letters, and aims to expand the reach of its work beyond a single school.
In the 2016-2017 school year, FFL stands poised to provide a blueprint to urban schools for how to improve their communities through external support for literacy-based academic and enrichment programming.