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GARDEN CITY PREPARATORY ACADEMY FOR BOYS—THE ALTERNATIVE
“Children’s talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives!”—Dr. Maya Angelou
Recently, President Obama launched a phenomenal initiative aimed at empowering boys and young African American men. As we have seen frequently on the news lately, there is a severe urgency to “save our boys.” This is what the White House Blog stated, “… it’s a segment of our society which too often faces disproportionate challenges and obstacles to success. These obstacles are found in our schools, communities, criminal justice system, families and in the minds of those youth. The President has petitioned the communities to form coalitions to help break these barriers to keep our young men from falling through the cracks of society.”
Kevin Rasberry of Orangeburg, SC, university graduate and disabled Army veteran, has taken on this philanthropic task. He was privileged to grow up with many strong male presences in his life (father, grandfather, friend’s father and male neighbors), and because of this, he recognized the growing need for our youth to experience the same. “In 2008, I developed a concept for a boy’s transition home to help give them guidance and assistance. I began to investigate more into the idea and discovered there was an important infusion of mentorship and education that needed to materialize. I researched every education model and spoke to several educators. I learned a school could be the most important vehicle to reach and develop boys, so the Garden City Preparatory Academy for Boys was established,”he said. The Thematic Team Concept is a combination of curriculum, mentoring and discipline. The school is the first of its kind in South Carolina and is an accredited member of the South Carolina Public Charter School District and the South Carolina Alliance of Charter Schools.
Kevin Rasberry and his Academic Director, Theodore Reed, want the young men to gain “…deeper purpose and a desire to achieve, with strong ties to their community. Our graduates will have clear priorities in education and life. They will be disciplined with unlimited confidence and potential as they move forward on their chosen path. Most importantly they will possess a strong academic foundation to build upon.”
If you are interested in getting involved with this program as a volunteer, partner, speaker, mentor, or applicant—go to www.gc.prep.org.