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 May 19, 2016, the Acworth Achievers volunteered their time to assist others. The Achievers spent their afternoon 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 this summer with their kickball league. We would like to thank Lauren Ham, parents, and participants of the Horizon League for the opportunity.
On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, Mr. Clint Strong from Cedarcrest Church and also the Finance and Economics teacher at North Cobb Christian gave the Acworth Achievers a brief learning session on Financial Literacy in honor of Financial Literacy Month. Some of the topics discussed were gas prices, car insurance, rent, child care prices, and credit scores. All of the students were engaged in discussion and took away some really good financial advice from Mr. Strong! We hope to have him back to cover even more topics on finances.
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|On Saturday, March 5, 2016, the Acworth Achievers were given the opportunity by the Acworth Police Department to be the first group to participate in their S.T.A.R.S Program. This program is for Smart Teens who Are Responsible and Safe. STARS started out with an introduction of everyone including the Chief of Police himself, Wayne Denard. The program then proceeded with a presentation by two of Acworth Police's finest, Officer Mines and Officer Heflin, about general rules of law enforcement and gave real life traffic stop scenarios. The students were then given the chance to use the same simulator that the officers use. They were each able to be put in situations that police officers face daily. This gave them the opportunity to put themselves in their shoes for a moment. After the simulator, the students wrapped up the day by taking a tour of the jail!|
This program was extremely beneficial to the Acworth Achievers, and they all left the police station with more respect for law enforcement than ever! The Acworth Police Department will be reaching out to the school system to educate more students about the truth behind law enforcement...Don't miss your opportunity!
On Monday, January 18, 2016, the Acworth Achievers celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by attending and participating in the annual MLK Celebration in Acworth, Georgia. They started out by marching in unison with the community from Rosenwald School to City Hall, where the celebration took place. During the ceremony, the Achievers were able to hear powerful messages from leaders throughout the community such as Mayor Tommy Allegood, Reverend Rod Green from Greater Works Fellowship, and youth advocate and motivational speaker Jackie Brewton from MotvationN3D. Every Achiever who attended the ceremony participated in a very special presentation, telling everyone their hopes and dreams for the future. The celebration was very touching and enjoyed by all who were in attendance.
Making it a day on and not a day off, the Acworth Achievers participated in the MLK Day of Service following the ceremony by making care packages for students in need.
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As the holiday season approaches, the Acworth Achievers wanted to do something to give back to those in need. MUST Ministries offers several ways to get involved during the holiday season such a book drive, a drive for blankets, underwear, socks, scarves, and gloves, a toy drive, making Christmas Cards, baby boxes, and Secret Santa workshops.
The Achievers decided to do a Stocking Stuffing Activity. They filled 50 stockings with small items such as hygiene products, small toys, nail polish, toothbrushes, and Christmas cards. Each Achiever wrote a nice note to each child in need and wished them the best this holiday season. Every student left feeling good about themselves for giving back to someone in need.
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Every year, the city of Acworth partners with Tackel 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 though 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 1,000 participants from around the metro Atlanta area. The Acworth Achievers helped to stuff 1,000 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!
It's football season! The Achievers took a trip to the Georgia Dome and attended the Georgia State University versus the University of Louisiana-Lafayette football game on November 7th! It was a very close game but Georgia State came up short against the Ragin' Cajuns.
For some of the Achievers, this was their very first college football game, and we had excellent seats, sitting right behind the end zone. The Achievers were not only entertained by the game but by the cheerleaders and band as well. Whether this was their first game or not, all the kids had a blast cheering for the Georgia State Panthers!