The following is the kind of letter we like to get from our ACA alums:
Hi Ms. T and Ms. Blackman!
How are y'all doing? I just wanted to check in and ask about a few things for this coming fall and give a quick update about what I have been up to!
I am currently still in South Africa through one of Stanford's study abroad programs. While exploring Cape Town I am taking classes on the implications of foreign aid in developing countries, the business climate in Africa, the relationship between social and ecological systems in an informal settlement, and contemporary issues concerning race politics and economic inequality in the context of South Africa. I also took a field-trip based course that explored topics of colonialism and the curation of historical sites. I believe this whole experience has developed me into a more rounded student with interests among many fields of study.
One of the most meaningful experiences has been my internship working with Codespace, a non-profit organization working to teach young girls how to code. This experience has helped me gain traction on what I want to do with my time at Stanford and beyond. I am currently pursuing a Computer Science degree with an education minor and hopefully will work towards teaching computer science in underserved communities. I also have found a passion for increasing diversity in the STEM field among women and underrepresented minorities as well as increasing access to higher education.
I'm emailing y'all today because I'll be returning home to Richmond on September 2. I don't leave for school until Sept 21st and was hoping I would be able provide my assistance for the two weeks that I will be home. I was wondering if there were any opportunities to mentor any of the students and assist them with college applications or finding internships for the spring! I'm willing to help in any way possible, so please reach out if there is anything I can do to further the success of the program or Tucker in general. I'd love to stay involved with the ACA program and help students develop.
With lots of love and warm wishes,
Epilogue: For two weeks in September, as promised, Jomo met individually with all 43 Reynolds ACA 11th graders at J.R. Tucker HS, counseling them on their next two years in the ACA and beyond. We’re proud of Jomo for being our first ACA grad to attend Stanford University. We’re even prouder to see him “paying forward” his experience in the ACA to those students who are destined to follow in his footsteps.
Congratulations to one of our most treasured faculty members in the Reynolds ACA, English Professor at Highland Springs HS, Ms. Lee Naughton, who was surprised by the governor on Monday with news she had been named the Teacher of the Year for the entire Richmond Region. Ms. Naughton teaches ENG 111, 112, 244, and 242 for Reynolds and serves both juniors and seniors in the Reynolds ACA at Highland Springs HS. Read more about the special event here.
Way to go, Lee, and way to go, Springer Nation!
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