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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
During the month of November, the Acworth Achievers welcomed Creative Designer Korry Richards to speak to them. Mr. Richards who is an Acworth, Georgia native and graduate of North Carolina State University, spoke with the achievers about strategically planning their goals for the future. Korry Richards is the Creative Designer of the Fortune 500 company, Evestment Alliance. He is also the owner of KRDZN, a boutique creative company that specializes in product marketing and branding. The Achievers worked on a reflective activity with Mr. Richards, volunteers, and staff. We want to thank Korry Richards for spending time with the Achievers. For more info about Korry Richards, please visit his official website at http://www.krdzn.com/.
On October 31, the Acworth Achievers decorated cakes Halloween style. With over 30 cakes provided by Publix Groceries, the achievers had a great time decorating their own cakes with icing and sprinkles. Creativity filled the room as the achievers created scary designs, pictures, and names on their own cake. After the activity, the kids enjoyed eating their cakes that they personalized. It was a fun filled afternoon. Special thanks to Publix Groceries and the volunteers who helped with this activity.
A special thank you goes out to Bill Watson of JRM Management and Marlon Longacre of Piedmont Church for your continuous kindness!
JRM Management and Piedmont Church sent a special invitation to the Acworth Achievers to attend the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta, Georgia. It was an afternoon of fun, friends, rides and hamburgers and hotdogs! And of course the Achievers had to indulge in cotton candy, candy apples, popcorn and funnel cakes! One cannot attend the fair without a few sweets!
Congratulations to all the Acworth Achievers who are continuing to achieve and excel inside and outside the classroom! This trip was well deserved for all your hard work!
It was a fun filled night with rides and entertainment and there was something there for every Achiever to enjoy!
Recently the Acworth Achievers decided to have a head-to- head challenge in a fierce game of kickball and bragging rights were at stake. With the best "kick-ballers" as captains, the group was divided into two teams. At first it was a lopsided game, with one team dominating the other, but soon the losing score was able to close the gap and it became a close competition. The final score was 15-13.
To close out the summer the Acworth Achievers decided to make their very own ice cream. With a simple vanilla ice cream recipe, that included nothing more than ice, milk, salt and vanilla extract, it turned out to be a delicious treat! The Achievers even decided to get creative and added sprinkles and chocolate chips to make it their very own!
On Saturday, July 27, 2013, the Acworth Achievers were given the opportunity to see the Atlanta Braves take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The tickets were donated by the Tim Hudson Family Foundation in efforts to provide the Achievers with a new life experience. Even though the Atlanta traffic was heavy, with Braves fans in every car, there was lots of laughter and great weather that made the day an unforgettable experience.
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.
The Acworth Achievers decided to head over to Acworth's very own Dallas Landing Park to conquer the worlds largest inflatable water slide! Standing at 36 feet tall and 175 feet long, the water slide created much excitement and laughter! From flips to cannon balls to the old fashion feet first, every achiever took on the giant slide in their own creative way!