Harlem Lacrosse Is Changing The Lives Of Inner City Youth
A Harlem sports group is doing more than just showing kids how to score on the field. Founded in 2008 at Harlem’s Frederick Douglass Academy, Harlem Lacrosse has helped children from being in danger of dropping out reports Black America Web:
Now in its eighth year, Harlem Lacrosse operates 11 programs in New York, Baltimore and Boston, serving over 450 boys and girls—nearly one-third of whom are in Special Education.
The program says it actively recruits special education students and students identified by school administrators as most vulnerable to academic decline and school dropout. More than 90 percent identify as Black, Hispanic or multi-racial; 45 percent speak a language other than English at home and 96 percent qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Since 2011, Harlem Lacrosse students have maintained a 100 percent on-time middle school graduation rate, and have earned over $15 million scholarship offers to private schools and colleges. But most uniquely, the program is split about 50/50 between boys and girls.
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