Year 3 has begun!!

In naming this post I considered alternative titles such as “The Craziest Start to the School Year of all Time”… but that seemed a bit dramatic 😉  But truly – who would have ever expected that we would be kicking off the 2020-2021 school year...

Summer Reflections: COVID Edition

Typically this time of year, I am just returning from a vacation to a small island off the coast of Cancun that I visit every year.  There’s a beautiful pathway along the ocean that I walk along each morning, before the sun gets too hot to be anywhere but...

Wow – what a month!

The ending of this post is by far the most important, so please skip there if you like. First, a quick recap: we are just floored by the overwhelming response to our virtual gala a couple weeks ago!! We weren’t sure what to expect in a virtual setting, but our...

About Last Night’s Virtual Gala…

Thank you all so much again to everyone who joined our virtual fundraising event last night, “Limitless: A Night of Inspiration and Levity for Ryan Banks Academy.” We are truly blown away by the support you all have shown and are continuing to show today. Our donation...

A Message to the Ryan Banks Academy Family

As America watched the heartbreaking video of George Floyd’s death, it brought to the forefront the racial and economic divisions plaguing our country, and it was a disturbing reminder of the systemic oppression and inequities that have been impacting black...

8 Years Later…

Today is a hard day for anyone who knew the namesake of Ryan Banks Academy.  It’s surreal to think that it was eight years ago today that the world lost Ryan. It was a warm weekend in May (yes, the kind of weather we all wish we were having right now). Many...

Adam’s Story

My personal journey begins with four immigrants running away from religious persecution in Eastern Europe. Both my mother and father were born and raised in Russia/Ukraine. At the time, they were one of the last group of Russian Jews to escape Russian anti-Semitism in...

Jael’s Story

As we close out 2019, I could share about what we accomplished this year and about the awesome growth we’ve seen within our students, but what really matters is hearing from our parents themselves. Please take a moment to read this open letter from Jael Parker,...

You’re Helping Us Change History

Thanks to dozens of our wonderful supporters, we are now only $40,000 away from receiving a $150,000 match gift!!! We know there are thousands of deserving nonprofits out there, but, we are biased 🙂 – and we happen to think that we are doing something pretty...

The Best Video We’ve Seen All Year

I wanted to thank you all for everything you have helped us to accomplish over this past year.  I encourage you to take a moment to watch this short but powerful 2 minute video we recently made that shows why this work is so important.  I will admit that I get choked...