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Reflections is Achieve Atlanta’s blog with monthly informative and educational posts from our leaders.
My #BoldExpectation: To Make A Difference

My #BoldExpectation: To Make A Difference

Published: Sep 23, 2019   |   Author: Achieve Atlanta   |   No Comments

I was always an involved kid, doing volunteer work, serving as high school student body president, and I come from a family of people who are deep into the education world as well as that of the public good. Their influence and support has allowed me – and inspired me – to make bold moves. To say, “This is what I want to do; this is where I want to be, and I’m going to stop at nothing to get there.”

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Dreams Favor the Bold

Dreams Favor the Bold

Published: Aug 9, 2019   |   Author: Achieve Atlanta   |   No Comments

It’s back-to-school season, and across Atlanta, students are getting ready for their first day of school. Some will be advancing a grade toward high school graduation, while others will be stepping onto a college campus in pursuit of a degree. During this season, at Achieve Atlanta we spend a lot of time anchoring ourselves in our vision. Our North Star. Our view of the future we want to see. Or as we like to say at Achieve Atlanta, our Bold Expectation.

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Yes, College is Still Relevant

Yes, College is Still Relevant

Published: Mar 15, 2019   |   Author: Achieve Atlanta   |   No Comments

The admission cheating revelations and arrests show that college is highly valuable. Look at the lengths that wealthy parents – whose kids are already wealthy – will go to in order to get them into the “right” schools.

When I first read about the college admission cheating scam, my initial instinct was to run to Facebook and post, “Shoutout to all my affirmative action peeps who got into college without bribes!” I also saw similar self-congratulatory posts from many groups about how they had “made it on our own.” But I quickly realized that we were all missing the point. For each of us who “figured it out” by ourselves, there were countless other poor and disenfranchised kids who couldn’t.

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Navigating Safe Passage With North Star Targets

Navigating Safe Passage With North Star Targets

Published: Feb 28, 2019   |   Author: Susanne Diggs-Willborn   |   No Comments

At Achieve Atlanta, we symbolically use “north star targets” as we help our Scholars navigate a long and challenging passage from high school through college and beyond. We have great aspirations for our Scholars, and we use our “north star targets” to push ourselves, our partners and our collective thinking as we work to achieve increasingly progressive results for them.

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Being What We Ought To Be

Being What We Ought To Be

Published: Jan 21, 2019   |   Author: Achieve Atlanta   |   No Comments

In preparation for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I reread the text of a sermon MLK gave days before his assassination, entitled Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution. One section stood out for me.  Dr. King, referencing the Declaration of Independence, extolled:
‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.’ But if a man doesn’t have a job or an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness. He merely exists. We are coming to ask America to be true to the huge promissory note that it signed years ago.

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Believe. Expect. Achieve – Another Year Working Together For Our Students

Believe. Expect. Achieve – Another Year Working Together For Our Students

Published: Dec 14, 2018   |   Author: Achieve Atlanta   |   No Comments

‘Tis the season at Achieve Atlanta! We’re busily working to close out the fall semester on a strong footing, reflecting on what we’ve learned and accomplished in 2018, and setting our intentions for the new year.
During 2018, we served more than 6,000Atlanta Public Schools students and graduates. We worked to help them get to college, pay for college and succeed in college.

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Use Your Power, Cast Your Vote

Use Your Power, Cast Your Vote

Published: Oct 29, 2018   |   Author: Achieve Atlanta   |   No Comments

College students, I urge you to use your power and your voice next Tuesday, November 6. You are in college because you have hopes and dreams for yourself, your family and your future. You are working hard, learning complex new things and advocating for yourself in order to reach your goals. Part of advocating for yourself must include exercising your right to vote.

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