Assembly speaker inspires Albany High leaders
N.Y. (June 12, 2019) -- Fifteen student leaders from Albany High
School had a private audience Monday with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie,
who inspired and was a role model for them.
The students – primarily sophomores and juniors -- are part of the
My Brother’s Keeper Alliance at Albany High. The school's program is
part of a nationwide initiative started by former President Barak Obama
to expand opportunities for young men of color.
Heastie talked with students about his motivation for entering
politics, why he wanted to be part of My Brother’s Keeper and how he
promoted legislation specifically for the program which resulted in New
York being the only state with a line-item in its budget devoted to it.
After hosting the students in his private conference room, Heastie
brought the students to the Assembly floor, where he and Assemblywoman
Patricia Fahy discussed the legislative process.
They also received visits from Assemblyman John McDonald and
Senator Neil Breslin, who congratulated the students on being part of
the My Brother's Keeper program.
Joining the students in their visit were Malcolm Gandy and Deon
Thomas, home school coordinators at Albany High and advisors to the My
Brother’s Keeper Alliance, and Eric Adams, a program mentor through
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
In addition to providing the students with lessons on college and
career, financial readiness and personal empowerment, the My Brother’s
Keeper Alliance encourages the young men of color in their
Starting next year, the students will mentor young men of color attending Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence, who in
turn will mentor younger black males attending Philip Schuyler
The students who attended the meeting with Heastie are:
Check out Facebook photos from their visit here.
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The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves nearly 9,300
students in 18
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High