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 Acworth Achievers Mentoring and After School Program was recently awarded the "Torch Award" by the Marietta-Roswell Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The Torch Award is given to a single local program for "Distinguished Community Service in Educational Development". The Achievers were invited to a banquet held on May 18, where they were recognized, receiving a glass award in the shape of a torch and a standing ovation. The program was nominated by a local resident who has seen the great work and accomplishments of the students and the program.
Packed in the programs "family van," high school students from the Acworth Achievers made their way down to the World Congress Center in Atlanta for the National College Fair tour. Over 100 colleges and universities filled the center providing numerous post secondary educational options for the college bound visitors.
Upon returning to Acworth, program participants were excited about their bags full of life changing opportunities and already began to set their goals of which university they plan to call their alma mater!
From the Univeristy of Georgia to the University of Florida to Louisiana State University and beyong, the Acworth Achievers are now little dawgs, gators, and tigers in the making!
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.
The Acworth Achievers worked with Goodwill of North Georgia for just over month and reached their goal of filling one large donation bin with gently used shoes and clothing items! The collection will be used to help raise funds to support Goodwill's Job Training and Placement Programs which assists people with disabilities and other disadvantages.
Special thanks to Goodwill of North Georgia for their willingness to form a partnership and to all those in the Acworth community that assisted with donations.
In honor of the legendary civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., the Acworth Achievers participated in the City of Acworth's first official 'Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration', held at the Acworth City Hall. The Achievers participated in the program with a presentation and hosted a 'MLK Day of Service', something they have done for years. For this year's service they decided to plant a 'Unity Tree' surrounded by flowers, to represent Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream of "unity".
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