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Achieve Family,

This past month, we've been so inspired by our Achieve community! From graduations (congrats to our seniors!) to over 150 (!!) read aloud videos submitted for our digital library, from college acceptances to students seeking out volunteer opportunities to help their community, we're reminded every day about how truly empathetic, passionate, hard-working, a
nd giving you all are.

We
feel so lucky to be a part of this Achieve family with you. 


Speaking of inspiration - this past week, we were so inspired by Former President Barack Obama's commencement address for the nation's high school seniors. President Obama spoke about how this pandemic has spotlighted the underlying inequalities present in our country, and he charged the graduates with setting the world on a different path. He shared:

"This pandemic has shaken up the status quo and laid bare a lot of our country's deep-seated problems - from massive economic inequality to ongoing racial disparities to a lack of basic health care for people who need it. It's woken up a lot of young people to the fact that the old ways of doing things just don't work; that it doesn't matter how much money you make if everyone around you is hungry and sick; and that our society and democracy only works when we think not just about ourselves, but about each other."

We now have the opportunity to build a "new normal" reality - a reality that demonstrates our commitment to caring for each other. The time to start building that reality is now. We each have skills and materials we can bring to this construction project, whether that's a financial donation, a phone call to an elected leader, a few hours of your time to volunteer, or a letter of support to a family that is struggling (see a few opportunities below to volunteer with Achieve). Will you join us in setting the world on a different path? We hope you'll say yes. 

This newsletter is filled with lots of goodies - from the launch of our new Adventure Hour series (for elementary students, and we also need high school volunteers) to an upcoming College Empower Hour focused on community service opportunities, from a few Shoutouts (we love shoutouts!) to highlighted opportunities to support your Miami community. Oh, and we're hiring!

And before we go - let us say again how inspired we are by you all. Keep persevering, keep leading with kindness, and keep forging connections wherever you go. Together, we can achieve! 


With love,
-Leslie, Sarah, and the rest of the Achieve team

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT ACHIEVE?


VIRTUAL SUMMER PROGRAMS
While we're not able to offer Achieve Miami's traditional six-week summer program given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are launching a few new initiatives to engage our students virtually! 
ADVENTURE HOUR WITH ACHIEVE: 
Elementary students - are you missing Music? How about reading with your Big Buddy? We hope you'll join us this summer for our virtual Adventure Hour activities! The first weekly Adventure Hour will be on May 27th from 2-4PM time. Parents/guardians - please complete this survey to register your student and to be notified about additional virtual opportunities over the summer. 

High school students - are you missing the opportunity to read with your Little Buddy? How about leading activities on Saturdays and over the Summer? Complete this interest form to share how you're interested in volunteering with Achieve this summer (community service hours available!)
Sign-Up for Adventure Hour
Volunteer with Achieve Miami
BOOKWORM CHALLENGE: 
The Achieve Bookworm Challenge encourages and incentivizes elementary students to continue reading! This virtual challenge is in collaboration with our elementary school partners - Jesse J. McCrary Elementary, Earlington Heights Elementary, Caribbean K-8 Center, and Frederick Douglass Elementary. Through the challenge, Little Buddies read an Accelerated Reader book, take a quiz, and receive points every time they pass a quiz. So far we've had 16 winners in the month of April, with our top winner Lucia Amador from Caribbean K-8 Center reading 43 books! The competition for the month of May ends June 4th!
Email to Learn More about the Bookworm Challenge

HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER:

Have you subscribed to our “Don’t Stop Achieving!” high school newsletter? It features college readiness information such as upcoming scholarships/awards deadlines, wellness resources, and ACT/SAT information. Be sure to sign up below to receive this newsletter, and check out our most recent issues (Issue 4Issue 5, and Issue 6) for more info!

Sign Up for the Don't Stop Achieving High School Newsletter!

COLLEGE EMPOWER HOUR WEBINARS:

Join us for an upcoming "College Empower Hour” - our new webinar series that addresses college readiness topics like essay writing, FAFSA completion, testing strategy, wellness, and more. In a recent College Empower Hour, we brought in Mandee Heller Adler from International College Counselors to talk about "College Admissions in Times of Uncertainty" (check out the recording here). Subscribe to our newsletter (above) to stay up to date on future programs.

We hope you'll join us for our next webinar entitled "Achieve Your Community Service Goals This Summer" on May 28th at 4:30PM - click below to register!

Register for our next College Empower Hour

ACHIEVE SHOUTOUTS

THANKS TO ALL READ ALOUD CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS!
Thanks to our amazing Achieve family, we reached our 10 Days of Connection #AchieveReadAloudChallenge goal of 100 videos. In fact, we far exceeded that goal with a total of over 150 videos being submitted by May 10th! We would like to give a special shoutout to our Big Buddies for their commitment and also highlight some incredible community guests that joined our community effort! A huge thanks to: 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ACHIEVERS! 
Let's give a huge shoutout to all our incredible achievers that received college acceptances! Today, we're excited to feature Shirley Campos! Shirley has participated with Achieve as a member of the Junior Board, as a Saturday Big Buddy, as a College Readiness Cohort Member and as a Teaching Assistant with Achieve Music. Using the entrepreneurial skills she learned through the Achieve Music Learning Lab, Shirley developed a service project with a specific lens towards college admittance/scholarships. Shirley was accepted into 30 colleges and offered $1 Million in scholarships. Congrats, Shirley! You can read more about Shirley's achievements here

Want to share your college news with our Achieve Community? Reply to this email with your awesome achievements! 
Subscribe to the Achieve Miami YouTube Channel!
Check out Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell reading "The Giving Tree" as part of the Achieve Read Aloud Challenge!

JOB OPPORTUNITIES
We're hiring! Applications are now open for the following positions:

  • Director of High School Programs: Achieve Miami is searching for a self-driven, passionate, and fun-spirited individual to join our team as our Director of High School Programs! This leader will both ensure effective implementation of Achieve Miami’s current high school programs and will be a leader in mapping out the vision of the Achieve’s high school program experience for the 2020-2021 academic year and beyond. Learn more and apply here. 
  • Deputy Director of Programs and Evaluation: Achieve Miami is searching for a highly effective, whip-smart, and motivating individual to join our team as our Deputy Director of Program & Evaluation! This leader will lead our evaluation efforts and will work closely with Achieve's Program Directors to launch successful programming. Learn more and apply here
SUPPORT OUR MIAMI COMMUNITY
  • Donate to food distribution non-profits. Both Feeding South Florida and Farmshare, amongst others, are stepping up to ensure that families in our community are receiving the food resources they need. If you can, please consider donating. 
  • Complete your Census (if you haven’t already!): There are $45 billion dollars on the line for Florida. Help ensure you and your community are counted by responding to the census ( via mail, online, or phone) and by spreading the word within your community. 
  • Register to Vote from Home: With elections coming up in August for County Mayor, Commission, and School Board, now is the time to check on your registration status and to register to Vote from Home
  • Support Achieve Miami: Will you help us continuing serving our students through virtual programming? Our students need us more than ever, and your donation will help us serve them from a distance.  Thank you in advance for your support! 
DONATE TO ACHIEVE MIAMI

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE ACHIEVE TEAM

In addition to launching virtual programming, our team is taking this "quarantime" to tackle some new projects and activities: 
  • "I learned how to bake peanut butter cookies for the first time by watching Alton Brown's quarantine YouTube videos!" - Jessica Vocaturo, Manager of High School Programs.
  • "I really enjoy practicing yoga and getting better every day. I miss my hot yoga studio but I am able to continue my journey by finding a little bit of peace with Yoga With Adriene." - Barbara Perego, Operations Associate.
  • "I took the time during quarantine to learn more about photography. I have learned how to set good functions on my camera to capture amazing photos." - Ingrid Aguiar, Achieve Saturday Program Director.
We'd love to hear what you're up to! Reply to this email and let us know :)

Sending you our very best,

Leslie, Sarah, and the whole Achieve Miami team

 
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