The Anew School
Africa, North America, Ghana, United States
Alexandria Lee 2014 Black Male Achievement Fellow
Transform African-American boys into scholars and community leaders by establishing a two-year boarding school in Ghana, West Africa to develop their academic skills and socio-emotional competencies.
The Anew School is the result of Alex's experiences in education. She was born to unmarried parents, and raised by her single mother while her father struggled with addiction. As one of few African-American children in her school system, she was placed in remedial classes, told that her dreams were unrealistic, and that she would probably not graduate from high school. She had her first intervening teacher in high school, who challenged her academically, taught her about African and African-American history and literature, and developed her socially and emotionally. The work her teacher did was elevated by her first experience on the continent of Africa. It filled voids in her that she never knew she had, gave her a strong sense of identity and bolstered her blooming self-confidence. She went on to graduate from Spelman College and Harvard Law School, and vowed that she would transform the lives of children, like herself, who have infinite potential, but have been tracked for failure. The Anew School is her story, and it ends in success.