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.
The local Acworth branch of BB&T granted the Acworth Achievers with back to school supplies leading into the 2014- 2015 school year. The branch supplied all 40 students with supplies ranging from backpacks to pencils and pens to flash drives and binders.
The grant was a part of their "Lighthouse Project", where every year the branch selects a local organization to give back to. The staff at the branch not only purchased the supplies but took the time to organize and compile each backpack with all the necessities each student would need to have a successful school year, but the kindness did not stop there. The staff also saw a need to re-carpet the Acworth Achievers' meeting room with hopes of allowing each student to attend the program comfortably and to be able to take full advantage of everything the Acworth Achievers Program has to offer.
From the Achievers and their parents, we say thank you Acworth BB&T for the thoughtfulness.
On May 29, 2014, the Acworth Achievers visited the beautiful campus of Kennesaw State Univeristy. This was an exciting and important visit, due to the fact that Kennesaw State is an important assest within the Achiever's community.
Kennesaw State Univeristy (KSU) is the the third largest university in the state of Georgia with more than 24,600 undergraduate and graduate students from across the world. KSU offers students plenty of opportunities to expierience campus life with clubs, athletics, and housing.
The Acworth Achievers took a three hour tour around the KSU campus visiting the student center, bookstore, housing, and other facilites. The students also participated in a question and answer portion that taught the history of KSU and the exciting future of Kennesaw State. After our visit, a few of the achievers were considering continuing their education at KSU.
We would like to thank Kennesaw State University for their hospitality and we are looking forward to visiting KSU in the near future.
Across the nation, education systems are taking major budget cuts and unfortunately art and music departments are the first to be affected, including the schools in Acworth. This unfortunate ordeal is affecting our local youth because it limits their creativity and exposure to the beauty of art.
On May 6, 2014, the Acworth Achievers particpated in creating their very own masterpiece. Ms. Jamila Morgan guided the achievers step by step to create their own work of art. Each acheiver was provided with paint, brushes, and a canvas.
Ms. Jamila Morgan is a local painter/artist in the Atlanta area. She is a graduate from Fort Valley State University with a B. A. in Commercial Design and currently the Visual Specialist for Land's End.
The Achievers were very pleased with their art work and what they accomplished. We would like to thank Jamila for volunteering her time with the Acworth Achievers. Expect more masterpieces from Acworth Achievers in the near future.
On May 3, 2014, the Acworth Achievers volunteered their time to assist others. The Achievers spent their morning working with the Horizon League in Acworth, Georgia. The Horizon League is a community organization that provides athletic and social events for children and adults with special needs.
The achievers assisted both teams during a game of baseball. They provided help with each team member in batting, fielding, and running the bases. Both teams had a great time and it was a great experience for the Achievers.
The Acworth Achievers pride themselves on giving back to their community. We are looking forward to working with the Horizon League in the near future. We would like to thank Lauren Ham, parents, and participants of the Horizon League for the opportunity.
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On April 12 2014, the Acworth Achievers participated in the 35th Annual Sickle Cell Road Race/Walk at Welcome All Recreation Center in College Park, Georgia. Several of the Achievers inherited the sickle cell trait and one student has the full blown disease. In efforts to support the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia and each other, the Achievers participated in the road race/walk without hesitation.
Heavyweight Champion and future Hall of Fame Boxer, Evander Holyfield was in attendance for the race. It was a huge turn out and some of our Achievers ran and walked away with 1st Place trophies.
The 35th Sickle Cell Road Race/Walk was founded by The Partners, who are a group of diverse competitive and casual runners with a passion for volunteering in Metro Atlanta. Proceeds from the Sickle Cell race supports Camp New Hope, a summer camp for children with sickle cell anemia.
Participants from Acworth Achievers and Expanding Horizon recently visited the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Once the capital of the United States, Philadelphia is one of America's most historical cities filled with art and culture.
The group departed from Atlanta, Georgia on March 31, 2014 and returned April 2, 2014. The Achievers visited the Academy of Natural Science, a tour of The United State Mint, The Liberty Bell, and enjoyed a Philly Cheesesteak. For some of the achievers, it was their first trip to Philadelphia.
The Acworth Achievers and Expanding Horizons would like to thank all of those who were involved to make this trip a success.
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On March 22, 2014, the Acworth Achievers visited Mercer University. Mercer is one of America's oldest and distinctive institutions. Founded in 1833, Mercer's beautiful campus is surrounded by classic architecture in the heart of Macon, Georgia. The campus and student body were electric after the exciting win from Mercer's basketball team over the Duke Blue Devils in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
The Achievers participated in a tour around the campus grounds and facilities, an afternoon luncheon, and seminars covering the transition from high school into college.
We would like to thank Mercer University for their hospitality and we are looking forward to visiting Mercer next year.
On March 4, 2014, the Acworth Achievers had a special visit from Justin Tutt of Kutz4Kids Inc. Mr. Tutt is the founder and President of Kutz4Kids Inc. The organization specializes in providing programs for the youth that promote self improvement and higher education. Mr. Tutt shared his story, background, and goals that inspired the Acheivers. The meet and greet was a success and we look forward to working with Kutz4Kidz in the near future. For more information about the program, please visit their website at www.k4kinc.com.
On January 25, 2014, the Acworth Achievers attended the HBCU (Historical Black Colleges & Universities) Recruitment Fair and the 12th annual Honda Battle of the Bands. Both events took place at the Georgia World Congress Center and the Georgia Dome located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia.
During the recruitment fair, the Achievers had the opportunity to speak with represenatives from 39 historical black colleges and universities. We received valuable information about college admission requirements, scholarships, grants, & funding.
After the fair, the Achievers enjoyed the sounds of 8 HBCU marching bands in the Honda Battle of the Bands. The bands that perfromed were Morehouse College, U of A at Pine Bluff, North Carolina A&T, Bethune-Cookman, Winston-Salem State, Alabama A&M, Alabama State, and South Carolina State.
It was a fun and productive day for the Acworth Achievers. We will like to thank Cobb EMC for their contribution towards this trip.
On January 20, 2014, the Acworth Achievers honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by attending the second annual MLK Celebration in Acworth, Ga. During the ceremony, the achievers heard powerful messages from Rev. Tim Houston, Alderman of City of Acworth, Rev. Leela Waller from Bethel AME Church, and Marvon Williams from American Family Insurance. Some of our very own acheivers spoke and presented the Acworth Achievers Dream Capsule. Ms. Rachel Ramsey concluded the ceremony by singing "Wind Beneath My Wings".
Inspired by Dr. King's message, the Achievers participated in giving back to thier local community by renovating and cleaning the yard of an Acworth resident.
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The Acworth Achievers Mentoring and After School Program is always in need of caring adults to volunteer or mentor at their convenience. From homework assistance to college applications to providing positive advice, responsible adults 18 years of age and older are welcome to volunteer with the program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Roberts School Community and Education Center.
All volunteers and mentors are asked to complete a simple criminal background check with the Acworth Parks, Recreation, and Community Resource Department prior to volunteering. In most cases, potential volunteers will recieve approval 24-48 hours after volunteer application has been submitted.
Call 770-917-1234, email email@example.com, or click on the "Get Involved" tab at the top of the page for more information.
On November 20, 2013, the Acworth Achievers attended their annual etiquette class held at Fish Thyme Restaurant in Acworth, Georgia. The achievers participated in a 2 hour class teaching them the fundamentals of formal eating. During the class, the acheivers learned proper table manners, place settings, and social activities while enjoying a 3 course meal. We would like to thank Fish Thyme for their hospitality and wonderful service.
The Acworth Achievers received some incredible news!! We have been awarded a Grant from Cobb EMC. The grant funds will be used for college tours and recruitment fairs. We will visit universities/colleges located in the state of Georgia and Alabama.
The Achievers plan to visit Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, West Georgia University, Morehouse College, University of Georgia, Tuskegee University, Atlanta National College Fair, and the Honda Battle of the Bands College Expo.
With the help from Cobb EMC, the Acworth Achievers will be exposed to some great universities. Thank you Cobb EMC!