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Until last year, Janelle McCoy hadn’t heard much about Success Academy Charter Schools. All she knew was that a friend’s son was thriving at Success Academy Bensonhurst, and that she needed a kindergarten for her son, Jahimel.

She entered Jahimel in the lottery, and he received a seat at Success Academy Harlem 6, where he started school in August. Since then, Jahimel has fallen in love with learning, and Janelle couldn’t be happier.

Her son’s experience lead Janelle to join dozens of other New York City charter school families in Albany last week for a Day of Action. There, families met with elected officials and staff, told their stories, and rallied in the State Capitol building.

A marketing coordinator at a community development non-profit, Janelle is a Brooklyn native who now lives in Harlem. Janelle says her time in Albany was incredibly powerful — and she hopes other Success Academy parents take advantage of similar opportunities. Step inside Janelle’s trip to Albany and learn what it takes to advocate for children.

  • I took off work to spend the day in Albany, woke up an hour earlier than normal (5:30am!), and spent six hours on trains — it was still dark out when we got on in the morning! There’s simply no more valuable use of my time than to fight for my son and his peers.

  • This was my first time in Albany, but I’ve been involved in education advocacy for most of the school year. I was elected president of SA Harlem 6’s Parent Council Executive Committee (PCEC) earlier this year, and we’ve already reached out to several elected officials about visiting our school.

  • Before our meetings, elected officials gave short speeches and we got pumped up! They also reminded us of an important lesson about advocacy: Every politician in Albany works for us — we’re their bosses. So we need to tell them what works for our families, and being there in person is the best way to do it.

  • I told my story to a state senator’s chief counsel the same way I would tell it to anyone — by answering a question: “How do you feel every day when you see your child wake up eager to go to school and learn?” I just spoke from the heart. That’s the story you tell. If we don’t speak up, our voices won’t be heard.

  • Elected officials and their staff are often familiar with charter schools, especially if they have a few in their district. But what they don’t learn from the media is just how much charter schools can impact a family. We have the power of our stories on our side.

  • One of the best parts of a Day of Action is listening to other people — fathers, grandmothers, uncles, guardians, and so many others — explain how charter schools have changed their lives. Families may have different circumstances, but we all want great educations for our children.

  • After our meetings ended, it was fun to debrief with my group of parents and staff members — some of whom had been to Albany numerous times. Spending time with fellow parents to fight for kids bonds you together — you realize that you have a team working with you.

  • Finally, we boarded the train from Albany, sat back, and enjoyed the train ride home — which can be quite beautiful along the Hudson River. It was a fitting end to a wonderful day!

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Photography is now a particularly accessible art form for anyone with a smartphone. Joyce Keener introduced her scholars at Success Academy Ditmas Park to a more formal approach to photography with a curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking — in true SA style. Take a look at scholar photography talent from across the SA network.

 

On Saturday, January 20, Success Academy Harlem North Central won first place in the Advanced Section at a tournament hosted by the Newark Debate Academy. Forty SA scholars from schools throughout the network traveled to Newark, New Jersey, to participate in the debate.

 
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