"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
[There is a] "toxic cocktail of poverty, illiteracy, racial disparities, violence, massive incarceration and family breakdown that is sentencing millions of children to dead end and hopeless lives and threatens to undermine the past half century of racial and social progress." These ingredients ultimately combine to produce striking gaps in educational success, life expectancy and other important outcomes.
- Marian Wright Edelman
"Where there is no vision, there is no hope."
- George Washington Carver
"We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends."
- Mary McLeod Bethune
"A child mis-educated is a child lost."
"The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Knowledge"
- Proverbs 1:7
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
- Frederick Douglass
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.
- Maya Angelou
"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."
- Booker T. Washington
"A society that cuts [itself] off from its youth severs its lifeline."
- Kofi Annan
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
- President Barack Obama
"Investing in [children] is not a national luxury or a national choice. It's a national necessity. If the foundation of your house is crumbling, you don't say you can't afford to fix it while you're building astronomically expensive fences to protect it from outside enemies. The issue is not are we going to pay -- it's are we going to pay now, up front, or are we going to pay a whole lot more later on."
- Marian Wright Edelman
Our at-risk youth are valuable to this society and provided a safe, encouraging environment with guidance and tough love their value will be revealed. We are committed to assure that the housing and instructional facility for the Academy students meets a standard of excellence to enable their restoration. - GateWay Boarding Academy Board