The former NBA star and ESPN analyst has opened The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, a tuition free charter school for 9th-12th graders in his hometown Detroit.

“Only 30 percent of 9th graders (in Detroit) will graduate from high school,” Rose said. “When you hear those numbers, if we were a third world country, it would be declared a crisis, and there would be a state of national emergency.” Rose saw the need to help with the education crisis because “ while graduation numbers are going down, the crime rate, the unemployment rate, and the poverty rate in Detroit are all going up.”

A good education sets the foundation for success.  Jalen seems to understand this.  The Your Black World Team says, “Way to go Jalen, we’re proud of you.”

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