greatness. within. reach.

mission & Vision

Mission

Justice Sonia Soto-Mayor, one of the GREATS™.  She is the first Latina Supreme Court Justice and only the third female Justice in the Nation's history.  Born to Puerto Rican parents she went to Princeton University and graduated summa cum laude (She did really well in all her classes) and then went on to graduate from Yale Law School where she was the editor of the Yale Law Review.

Justice Sonia Soto-Mayor, one of the GREATS.  She is the first Latina Supreme Court Justice and only the third female Justice in the Nation's history.  Born to Puerto Rican parents she went to Princeton University and graduated summa cum laude (She did really well in all her classes) and then went on to graduate from Yale Law School where she was the editor of the Yale Law Review.

Through a rigorous college and career preparation program, culturally relevant curricula, and community service, Ali Academy will empower children, particularly black and Latino children, who have struggled* in past settings to strive for and achieve academic, professional, and personal greatness; earn a high school diploma; gain marketable skills that result in certification; gain work experience in a potential career; and graduate from college all for the purposes of building vibrant and successful educational, economic, social, and political institutions that will fight for and achieve social justice for all.

Vision

Ali is the Arabic word for higher.  The goal is not just to have scholars graduate from college and have successful careers but for scholars to realize their purpose, their greatness, and their responsibility to humanity and strive to achieve at higher levels than they ever thought possible.  Ali Academy is a testament to the legacy left by the Greats like Frida Kahlo, Muhammad Ali, and Madame C.J. Walker, and the legacy of fighting against injustice that was aimed at them personally, and black and Latino people more broadly, against war, against poverty, and against the temptation to give in and compromise one’s principles during tough times.  Unrelenting figures in American and world history, we will imbue our scholars with that same persistence and spirit to build institutions that will make the world a better place.  Ali Academy will be located in Brownsville, Brooklyn, Community School District 23 and will serve students from grade seven through twelve.

Drive not demographics or dint of birth should determine destiny.  Not only did our historical figures push for greatness professionally, but they pushed to be great human beings, exemplifying the best of us.  Greatness is what we cultivate. 

 *Struggle is defined as having a history of at least three suspensions in a year, scores of two or below on state tests, history of chronic absenteeism, history of violence, low literacy or numeracy levels, previous involvement with the justice system and or being held over in at least one grade.

What specifically makes Ali different? Click Here: The Ali Way

See how Ali supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals.