Eight years ago, Yanmark was a first-grader. Today, he’s a young man who has gone on a journey with AF since it first opened in the Ocean State. In many ways, the story of Yamark's journey with AF started long before he was born. More than 20 years ago, Achievement First began as a single school serving 84 fifth and sixth graders in New Haven, Conn. From there, the Achievement First network was born. It grew into a network of schools throughout Connecticut and Brooklyn, N.Y. For many years, AF was a network serving these two states. Then, Achievement First opened its first school in Rhode Island in 2013. Yanmark was a part of the founding class of AF Providence Elementary. He would go on to include Yanmark becoming a member of the founding class of two more Achievement First schools.