For Everything There Is a Season…
– > Giving Thanks
Welcome to the AAREA Fall 2015 Newsletter. In this issue, AAREA thanks its loyal supporters, reflects on its season of learning, growth and evolution, and shares its newest initiatives.
We look forward to your continued partnership as we strive to build our capacity and sustain our efforts.
STEM STEPS for Success 2.0
What you help a child to love can be more important than what you help him to learn. -African Proverb
AAREA extends a heart-felt thank you to all that supported the pilot effort of the STEM STEPS for Success program. We especially want to acknowledge the generous contributions from ARCHES and the I3 SLOPE program, the Mills College School of Education, Chabot College, the Making Waves Foundation, the Choose College Educational Foundation Board of Directors, and RTFisher Educational Enterprises. In a very short 6-month period, we scaled quickly and served nearly 200 Alameda County African American students and their families through our Saturday and summer initiatives!
Since the end of our summer program in July, we’ve retreated for rest, reflection, and renewal. Armed with lessons learned and invaluable advice from students, parents, and community supporters about how to improve the program, we are excited to launch STEM STEPS 2.0! Space is limited. Priority enrollment is available through the start of the program on Saturday, October 17 at Mills College.
Lights, Camera, Take Action!
AAREA launches the Membership Program!
In an effort to share the AAREA story and build alliances with a wide spectrum of committed individuals, AAREA Co-Founders, Bobbie Brooks and Robyn Fisher, stepped WAY out of their comfort zones to narrate the new AAREA video. We hope that this video provides a glimpse into what AAREA is striving to create and sustain: an organization deeply committed, unapologetically, to meet the educational needs of African American students and provide invaluable support and resources to the community of adults who love them.
Join the Movement! Become a member of AAREA today.
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Words From Our Leadership
“As a professional educator in the East Bay, I am committed to supporting the work of AAREA-it is vital to all of us that African American children grow up in our community feeling strong and proud and capable, and the work of this organization truly exemplifies what it means to support them and help them grow. I’m proud of the work we are doing directly with parents, children and teachers, and encourage everyone to join us in our efforts. Together, we are stronger!” – Barbara DeBarger, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, San Lorenzo Unified School District
“I believe that ALL children should have the opportunity to go on to college and build a successful life for themselves, no matter where they come from or the color of their skin. AAREA is an extraordinary organization that is whole-heartedly dedicated to bringing a culturally responsive approach and set of tools to schools and educators to help African American students succeed and THRIVE.” – Michele Molitor, Founder, Nectar Consulting, Inc.
“I am committed to this work because it allows me to have a voice and an actual impact on the education and lives of today’s and tomorrow’s students, and their families.” – Lashon Smith, Exhibitions Manager, American Academy of Ophthalmology
“We are working with parents, teachers and the broader community to create learning environments that give students the freedom to dream while we help them learn the skills they need to make their dreams come true.” – Dr. Evelyn C. Wesley, President Emeritus, Merritt College, Oakland