In January 2009, staff from the Acworth Parks and Recreation Department began volunteering their time with a handful of students from nearby neighborhoods. After spending a couple hours a week engaging in recreational activities, the City of Acworth decided to prioritize helping local youth succeed. By the end of February 2009, the Acworth Parks and Recreation Department developed the Acworth Achievers Mentoring and After School Program.
Partnering with Cobb County Public Schools and Cobb's Success For All Students Initiative, Acworth Achievers is now the driving force behind youth outreach in the Acworth area.
The Acworth Achievers mission is to provide middle and high school students educational assistance, consistent recreational activities, adult guidance and encouragement through mentorship to develop positive and more advantageous habits.
Mayor Tommy Allegood on the City of Acworth's mission to help it's youth achieve.
On Thursday, May 7th, the Acworth Achievers had the opportunity to make their mothers a gift for Mother's Day. Their project was a flower arrangement center piece that each student had to make their own. First, they each chose the type of container to put the flowers in. Then they chose what material to put at bottom of the container to hold the flowers in place. Finally, each student chose the flowers for their arrangement. After their flowers were in the container, they were able to decorate the outside with ribbon, paint, etc. to make it their own.
The project was a huge success and each Achiever was able to bring home a gift for their mom on Mother's Day!
On Tuesday, May 5th, the Acworth Achievers celebrated Cinco de Mayo by making tacos at the Acworth Beach House. Our very own Achievers prepared, cooked, and served all of the food. They had hard and soft tacos with seasoned ground beef along with lettuce, cheese, and salsa as toppings and dessert as well. We even had a little Spanish music in the background to add to this festive event.
Everyone had a good time celebrating this special holiday! The Achievers always enjoy honoring and learning about different cultures! Can't wait to see what else is in store!
On Thursday, April 30th, the Acworth Achievers continued their journey with the Acworth Youth Police Academy and visited the 911 call center in Kennesaw, GA. The Achievers had the opportunity to see what the call center was like and talked to an actual 911 operator.
After the 911 Call Center tour, Officer Luther of the Kennesaw Police Department took the Achievers for a tour of the evidence room, the jail, and got to see more police K-9 action as K9 Turbo showed them his skills!
A big thanks to the Kennesaw PD for allowing us to visit and to the Acworth PD for giving the Achievers this opportunity!
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On Saturday, April 18th, the Acworth Achievers had the chance to see what life would be like in Athens. They took a walking tour of the entire campus and learned about the University of Georgia. We have many students in our program that are interested in attending UGA and the campus tour got them all excited about their future!
The Acworth Achievers will continue to broaden their horizons and look for the paths to brighten their careers.
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On Thursday, April 2nd, the Acworth Police Department brought in their K-9 unit to kick-off their Youth Police Academy! Detective Arnold and Corporal Vanderberg started off with a PowerPoint presentation about drugs and alcohol and the effects they have on the body. It was a very informational presentation and the kids were very engaged!
Corporal LaRocque and Corporal Vanderberg then did a K-9 demonstration with each of their police dogs. K9 Uno demonstrated what he does when he smells the odor of drugs. Corporal Vanderberg and his German Shepard, K9 Dagg, showed the Achievers a demonstration with the bite sleeve.
This was just the start of the Acworth Youth Police Academy. Next the Acworth Achievers will be touring a 911 Call Center!
On March 21st, a group of Acworth Achievers had the opportunity to visit Mercer University on their preview day! This action-packed, day-long preview event featured a campus tour, Mercer's residence halls, lunch, and information sessions from students, faculty and staff. The Achievers even stayed for one of the athletic events and got to watch the Mercer Bears in action!
Stay tuned as the Acworth Achievers will be visiting one college each month. Next month they will be touring the University of Georgia. Go Dawgs!
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On Monday, January 19th, the City of Acworth celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a special ceremony held at City Hall. The celebration consisted of Mayor Allegood welcoming everyone, the Pledge of Allegiance led by Officer Youlanda Leverette, an invocation by Reverend Frank Johnson of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, comments made by the speaker and Civil Rights Activist, Carrie Pinson, a presentation by the Acworth Achievers Mentoring and After School Program, and a performance by Bethel AME Church.
Following the ceremony, the Acworth Achievers hosted a MLK Day of Service activity at Barber Middle School, helping to restore the garden. It was a great day for the City of Acworth and all who participated in celebrating this extraordinary leader.