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Achievement First Alumni Support

The mission of Achievement First is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all of America’s children. We believe that all children, regardless of race or economic status, can succeed if they have access to a great education. Achievement First schools will provide all of our students with the academic and character skills they need to graduate from top colleges, to succeed in a competitive world and to serve as the next generation of leaders for our communities. Our alumni program is a critical piece of fulfilling our mission of college graduation and supports two groups of graduates:

  • The Amistad Academy Alumni Program was created to provide continuous support for Amistad Academy alumni as they transitioned from middle school to high school, and from high school to college and life beyond. The program began informally in 2002 upon Amistad Academy’s first eighth grade graduation. The Amistad Academy Alumni Program currently serves Amistad Academy alumni who graduated from the middle school between 2002 and 2006, prior to the founding of the Achievement First Amistad High School.
  • The Achievement First Amistad High School Alumni program began in 2010 to support the first class of Achievement First Amistad High School alumni who matriculated to college. For more information, please visit the alumni programming page on our high school website.

Mission

Achievement First Alumni Support is school-based and assists Achievement First alumni in their pursuit of collegiate, personal and professional success. The primary responsibility of our alumni support teams is to track, support and coach all alumni to reaching their full potential. Through advocacy, counseling and programming, students are coached to build character, independence and professionalism in order to transcend social barriers. Students are provided with the tools they need to develop as community-minded young leaders with a sense of integrity and life-long-learners who challenge themselves and others to exceed expectations.

Alumni support teams maintain regular contact with alumni and cultivate relationships with parents and key college contacts to ensure success. These academic and personal supports, coupled with enrichment opportunities, foster connectedness and bring alumni back to the community.

Services Offered

  • Academic Advising and Advocacy
  • Financial Aid Advising and Advocacy
  • Campus Visits
  • Workshops
  • Scholarship Resources
  • Career Services
  • Community Service Opportunities

Contact Information

Amistad Academy Middle School Alumni Program

Joi-Danelle Brown Whitehead
Director, Alumni Programs
joidanellebrown[at]achievementfirst[dot]org
Phone: 203.535.5607

Achievement First Amistad High School Alumni Program

Kathryn Gallagher
Alumni Counselor
kathryngallagher[at]achievementfirst[dot]org

Phone: 203.772.1092 ext 13643

 
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