Excel Academy Englewood students inspired by women’s empowerment brunch: ‘The sky is the limit’

When the young women at Excel Academy Englewood encounter challenges in the future following their passion, they're going to remember the women's empowerment brunch at their school. "I learned that the sky is the limit and you can do anything," junior Melody Terry said. "It was good hearing from somebody who started from the bottom and work their way up top and hearing them saying keep going," senior Traviyunna Williams said. In honor of Women's History Month, female students heard from women who have had their share of setbacks, but still accomplished their career goals. "You should always put yourself [...]

Excel Academy Englewood students inspired by women’s empowerment brunch: ‘The sky is the limit’2022-03-28T13:10:05-04:00

Excel Academy of Englewood celebrates Black History Month with culture, inspirational speakers and entertainment

Excel Academy of Englewood celebrates Black History Month with culture, inspirational speakers and entertainment Students and staff at the Excel Academy of Englewood, part of the Chicago Public Schools’ Options Network, commemorated Black History Month with several special events. Throughout February, students took in presentations, performances, and discussions led by entrepreneurs, activists, and local community organizations, including: Muntu Dance Theater, African American Cultural Heritage Collection (AACHC), Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., and the Black Fire Brigade. “It was a special time put together by our amazing staff,” said Mr. Ricardo Waddy, Excel Academy of Englewood director of programming and careers. “We are [...]

Excel Academy of Englewood celebrates Black History Month with culture, inspirational speakers and entertainment2022-03-17T11:21:25-04:00

SESI Alumnus and Student Mentor Discusses Personal Journey in Chalkbeat Essay

Raynard Gillespie, an alumnus and program mentor at Excel Academy of Englewood in Chicago, wrote a personal essay featured in Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization reporting on education across America. Raynard shares his journey of dropping out of school in ninth grade and then returning to high school at age 19 and graduating from Excel Academy. "At this new school, the teachers and staff didn’t give up on me and always pushed me to improve. If my classmates or I got a C, they helped us work toward a B, and then toward an A. Having someone in my corner [...]

SESI Alumnus and Student Mentor Discusses Personal Journey in Chalkbeat Essay2022-01-28T16:15:44-05:00