Our House Council consists of 18 students representing their peers through planning and implementing engaging and celebratory Founders’ Day assemblies, as well as events like Field Day, House Meetings, Fundraisers, and other community events.
The Learning Leaders Program provides the opportunity for qualifying students of the Bronx Academy of Letters to use their leadership skills while performing community service in different capacities. During the school year, they tutor and mentor our middle school students after school, as well as at assist their local places of worship or daycare centers. They also participate annually in the AIDS Walk as well as City Meals on Wheels.
After completing 85 hours of community service, the Learning Leaders take a college course during the summer at the University of California, Berkeley, all expenses paid. If the students receive at least a B in their class, they receive college credit and a stipend as a reward. This opportunity is only possible through the sponsorship of the Coleman Fung Foundation. Below are this year's Learning Leaders:
Peer Group Connection
Peer Group Connection (PGC) for High Schools is an evidence-based program that supports and eases students’ successful transition from middle to high school. The program taps into the power of high school juniors and seniors to create a nurturing environment for incoming freshmen. Once per week, pairs of junior and senior peer leaders meet with groups of 10-14 freshmen in outreach sessions designed to strengthen relationships among students across grades. These peer leaders are simultaneously enrolled in a daily, for-credit, year-long leadership course taught by school faculty during regular school hours. PGC has been implemented with a 70% sustainability rate in more than 175 high schools since 1979. A recently released, four-year longitudinal, randomized-control study conducted by Rutgers University and funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services found that, among other major results, PGC improves the graduation rates of student participants in an inner city public school by ten percentage points and cuts by half the number of male students who would otherwise drop out.