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Reflections is Achieve Atlanta’s blog with monthly informative and educational posts from our leaders.
A Message to Achieve Atlanta Scholars

A Message to Achieve Atlanta Scholars

Published: Jun 1, 2020   |   Author: Tina Fernandez   |   No Comments

For the last few days I have been grieving for George Floyd, who was murdered in broad daylight by a police officer. I also grieve for countless other Black people whose lives have been unjustly terminated because of their race. I grieve for those who continue to be persecuted because of their religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, or immigration status. I grieve that our country has not lived up to its promise or potential. I grieve for all we have lost and will continue to lose due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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OneGoal Metro Atlanta’s COVID-19 Response

OneGoal Metro Atlanta’s COVID-19 Response

Published: May 8, 2020   |   Author: Achieve Atlanta   |   No Comments

Taylor Ramsey is the Executive Director of OneGoal Metro Atlanta, one of our College Access Partners. Prior to this role, Taylor served as VP of training and support at Teach For America, leading their national summer teacher training institute, overseeing a team of 100 staff members, working in close concert with APS to serve summer school students, and training over 1,800 teachers. As a first-generation college student, Taylor knows the power of a postsecondary opportunity and is honored to lead OneGoal as part of the broader Achieve Atlanta education effort, in partnership with APS. 

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College Graduation During COVID-19

College Graduation During COVID-19

Published: Apr 24, 2020   |   Author: Achieve Atlanta   |   No Comments

Leaders across our community are envisioning a new world. At Achieve Atlanta, our students are doing their part and we must do ours. One of these amazing students, Bianca Smith, provides inspiration for us and shared how she’s coping with the COVID-19 crisis and what’s next for her. I’m honored to share a bit of her story below.

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New Tech Helps APS Students Challenge Themselves for Better College Success

New Tech Helps APS Students Challenge Themselves for Better College Success

Published: Feb 5, 2020   |   Author: Achieve Atlanta   |   No Comments

Growing up, I played tennis. I wasn’t very good, but I learned a lot about myself, especially about how external challenges impacted my performance. Because of my rank on the team, I was often matched to compete against lower-ranked players at tournaments. And frequently, when I played an opponent I should have easily beaten, I lost. I wasn’t motivated, nor did I have the confidence in myself to try to win.

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I Didn’t Let My Story End #BoldExpectations

I Didn’t Let My Story End #BoldExpectations

Published: Oct 24, 2019   |   Author: Achieve Atlanta   |   2 Comments

My mom always had bold expectations for me, but I don’t know that I always understood them. She really believed in me, and what I could do with my life. I think that’s probably 50% of what drives me, and it’s a lot of what helped me deal with adversity in my life. My own bold 

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