Jonathan Mannion for Don’t Steal Possible

by Taj Reed

143,000 New York City children are in failing schools.more

A grim truth to face when you consider, with a GDP of $1.2 billion, New York City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world. But it takes more than wealth of resources to fix a broken system. It takes a pledge of commitment from a community (or village) of dedicated leaders who are devoted to making a difference in a child’s life.

Founded in 2011, Families for Excellent Schools (FES) is a grassroots group of public school families serving over 90 schools across New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. As a member-driven organization in today’s difficult political climate, FES relies on formula of collaboration, grit, respect, and results to affect change in America’s schools.

On February 7, celebrated photographer, Jonathan Mannion, recognized for his iconic images of rap’s most influential figures, joined FES in hosting the inaugural “Think Possible” workshop. About the #DontStealPossible movement, Mannion says, “This is something that is close to my heart, and a passion point, so it’s easy to get involved with the betterment of the kids.” His passion was evident throughout the day, as Mannion guided the participating families through his creative process, capturing some endearing moments along the way.

For more information on FES, Don’t Steal Possible, and upcoming workshops, visit