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Author: David Banks, David C. Banks, G. F. Lichtenberg Narrator: Sean Crisden Publisher: Tantor Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781494575366

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David C. Banks knows a few things about at-risk boys. In 2004, he petitioned New York City's mayor to allow an all-boys public school to open in one of the most troubled districts in the country, the South Bronx. He had a point to prove: When rituals that boys are innately drawn to are combined with college prep–level instruction and community mentorship, even the most challenging students can succeed. The result? The Eagle Academy for Young Men—the first all-boys public high school in New York City in more than thirty years—has flourished and has been successfully replicated in other boroughs and other states.

In Soar, Banks shares the experiences of individual kids from the Eagle Academy as well as his own personal story. He discusses the specific approach he and his team use to drive students, from tapping into their natural competitiveness and peer-sensitivity to finding teachers who know firsthand the obstacles these students face. Result-oriented and clear-eyed about the challenges and the promises of educating boys at risk, this is a book that no one who wants to see our young men flourish can afford to miss.

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  • A must-read for those concerned with the welfare of young men.

    - Kirkus
  • “Soar is the rare book that can bring tears to your eyes while showing the way to deep and meaningful social change: how we can significantly reshape our educational system for young men. Perhaps now we can stop waiting for Superman, thanks to our real-life mentor, David Banks, employing the wonderful educational models of Eagle Academy. I pray that all of us, mothers and fathers, teachers and employers, policymakers and politicians—all the citizens of this nation who have seen boys become an ‘endangered species’ in our public schools—have the fortitude that he has shown to cry out for, work for, and demand the change he offers us.”

    - William Pollack, PhD, New York Times bestelling author of Real Boys
  • “The more the Eagle Academy approach and its successes can be shared, the more opportunities young people will have to find their way to their own triumphs.”

    - Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore
  • “David Banks is not just an extraordinary educator, he’s a great innovator. The Eagle Academy defied political correctness to do what was right for young men facing enormous challenges. It is a big idea that is saving lives and providing hope.”

    - Joel Klein, former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education
  • “How do we get young people off the bench and into the game? Strong, committed father figures, ready to train, prepare, coach and mentor young people so they can grow into champions. Eagle Academy doesn’t just teach academic skills, it models character, so that Eagle graduates can be successful men—the next generation of the men and fathers we need. David Banks shows us how to stand up and save our boys.”

    - Allan Houston, general manager, New York Knicks
  • “A must-read for those concerned with the welfare of young men.”

    - Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

David C. Banks is the president and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation and the founding principal of the Eagle Academy for Young Men, the first school in a network of innovative all-boys public schools in New York City. He resides in New Jersey. 

About the Narrator

Sean Crisden is an actor and Earphones Award-winning narrator. He has also voiced characters in numerous video games, such as the award-winning ShadowGun, and has appeared in many commercials and films, including The Last Airbender.