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, 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!
Click here to see more pictures of the tour!
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.
Since the holidays are around the corner, the Achievers were looking for ways to give back to the community. They have always wanted to help out the needy and on December 7th the Achievers finally got what they wanted. The Acworth Achievers volunteered at "The Big Kitchen" in Marietta, GA. The Big Kitchen serves anyone from low income to homeless and the Achievers got to be a part of their generosity.
The meal of the day was spaghetti, garlic bread, fresh salad, and banana pudding and guess who was the chef? You guessed it! Our very own Acworth Achievers prepared and served the entire meal from start to finish and were able to feed over 60 people. Even though it was a lot of work, every Achievers walked out of the Big Kitchen feeling better about themselves. The Achievers are slowly making the world a better place!
Every year, the city of Acworth partners with Tackle Hunger to put on their annual Turkey Chase 5K to raise money for a good cause as each participant is required to bring one non-perishable food item in order to get a race number. The Turkey Chase is an exhilarating 5K run through Historic Downtown Acworth and along the shores of beautiful Lake Acworth. Walk, jog or run, participants of all ages and abilities are welcome.
This year there were over 900 participants from all around the metro Atlanta area. The Acworth Achievers helped to stuff 950 bags for the race participants with items from the sponsors to prepare for the event. Several Acworth Achievers participated in the 5K and our very own Achiever placed second in his age division. What a great way to start off this year's Thanksgiving holiday!
For a fun, fall project, the Acworth Achievers once again participated in the 2014 Scarecrow Parade. The Scarecrow Parade is a contest that the City of Acworth along with the Downtown Development Authority sponsor to bring a fall "feel" to the downtown area. Groups from all over Acworth participate in this city wide event.
This year's theme was Scarecrows from Around the World and the Achievers chose to represent Egypt for the contest. They all worked vigorously on the project and as a result, they won the "Best Overall" award for the whole contest! To congratulate the Achievers for their award and reward them for their hard work, we will have a pizza party to celebrate! Congratulations Achievers!
The Acworth Achievers partnered with Mostly Mutts, a dog shelter in Acworth, and made each dog a bed for the winter. The Achievers made the beds out of fleece material to keep the dogs warm and pillows for the cushion. They all had a blast and ended up making nearly 20 beds! The Achievers will personally deliver each dog bed to Mostly Mutts next week.
The Acworth Achievers would like to thank Mostly Mutts for giving them the opportunity to give back to the community. Each Achiever really learned about giving back and supporting their community! Maybe next time the Achievers will be able to take the dogs out on walks or even foster a puppy!
Click Here to see the Achievers featured in Mostly Mutts' Newsletter!
Sgt. Shaw from the United States Army came to speak to the Achievers on September 30th. She related to the Achievers by telling them that she made the mistake of deciding to go into the Army when she was 32. Sgt. Shaw was able to stress the importance of getting into the military early that way you are able to retire early. She spoke about the different jobs the Army has to offer and the interest of all the Achievers. If you are into sports, the Army has all the different sports teams. If you like working with animals, you can find yourself being a Vet Tech. If you like working with computers, you may be able to work in IT for the Army. The opportunities are endless not to mention you will be serving your country!
The Acworth Achievers enjoy finding ways to better their future, and the Army is just one of the many ways they can find their path.