November  Newsletter
Welcome to the Mobile Area Education Foundation's November 2015 enewsletter. MAEF is Mobile's only community based non-profit leading a county-wide partnership of citizens, businesses, public schools, and public agencies working together to ensure all children are given the opportunity to succeed, experience a rigorous and relevant education, and graduate college- and career-ready. It is important to us to make sure all of our partners and the community know the state of our public education system. Together we can work to make vital improvements, and help build community schools that are on the right track to graduating all students ready for college and career. 
We Give Thanks
thanksgiving-tree-header.jpg As the holiday season begins to knock on our door we begin to reflect on the year we've had, and on the many good fortunes that have come our way. The work we conquer at MAEF has an impact that will last a lifetime on the thousands of students who participate in the programs and services we offer each year. Our work would not be possible without the many volunteers and supporters who make sure we can continue to provide support to Mobile area schools. 

We give thanks to you, our Board members, who work tirelessly behind the scene to garner support for our cause and advocate on our behalf to keep public education as a priority for our community. 

We give thanks to you, our volunteers, who give their time to help a child who has fallen behind in reading. Who speaks about their career, and helps show that dreams can become a reality with hard work and dedication. Who opens the door to their business to allow students to get an up close look at what it's like in the real world.

We give thanks to you, our corporate sponsors, who know it takes money to fulfill our mission, and donates their corporate dollars to help ensure all students graduate ready with the tools needed to be successful in college and career. 

We give thanks to you, the teachers and school leaders, who go above and beyond to make sure every student in every classroom are given the opportunity to succeed. You play the most important role in helping to foster a love of learning, and keeping our youth on track to graduating ready for college and career. 

We give thanks to you, the concerned citizen, who donates what they can, and also spreads the good works of MAEF and how as a village together we can work to create schools that are excellent for all. 

We are thankful for each and every one of you all year round, but wanted to make it known at this special time of the year. We wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday filled with love and laughter. 

MAEF Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama and  Hargrove Engineers + Constructors around STEM Education
Building partnerships with other area nonprofit organizations is just one of the ways MAEF leverages funding to make an impact on improving access to a high quality education for area youth. We have teamed with the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Alabama to bring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education to  their  centers  after school
It is our goal to help ensure all students graduate ready for college and career, and this newly formed partnership allows us to continue down a path of success. 

Mobile Area Seniors Participate in 2015 College Application Week
Going to college is a dream that comes to reality for many Mobile high school seniors each year. However before that day comes, they must first go through the rigorous process of taking college entrance exams and applying to the colleges themselves. During the week of November 2nd - 6th, MAEF worked with area counselors to encourage 12th grade students to complete at least two applications to colleges and universities of their choice. 

MAEF aslo partnerd with EDU, Inc., an Atlanta based organization that has created the Common Black College Application. Students were allowed to complete one application, free of charge, that was submitted to 44 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 

Individual high schools welcomed college recruiters to their campuses, and made computer lab time available to students during the school day to participate. MAEF also sent volunteers into area high schools to assist students with the application process. Volunteers found the time spent helping future college students both rewarding and well worth their time. 

Help MAEF Make 500 Reading Buddy Volunteers a Reality
MAEF has set a goal to have 500 Reading Buddy volunteers in elementary schools this year, and we need your help! If you are looking for a fulfilling volunteer experience where you can change the life of a student, but also change yours as well, then you need to become a Reading Buddy. 

Reading aloud with a child who needs to improve their literacy skills is one of the most effective ways to do so. The MAEF Reading Buddy program pairs volunteers with elementary school students who need extra time to work on reading skills. Our "Buddies" commit at least one hour a week for a school year to help students improve their skills. Reading is fundamental in fostering a love of learning. Join MAEF as we strive to support the essential indicators of what is needed for students to graduate ready. 

If you are interested in learning more about the program or becoming a Reading Buddy contact Lee Williams by  email  or by calling 251.470.5219. New Reading Buddy Volunteer Orientations are underway. Visit our Volunteer Portal for up to date Reading Buddy training opportunities. Help change a life and become a Reading Buddy today. 


Advanced Manufacturing Symposium Hosted at Citronelle High School

The first Advanced Manufacturing Symposium was held on October 29, 2015. Over 400 Citronelle High School juniors and seniors attended the Symposium. 

The symposium, sponsored by Alabama Power's Barry Steam Plant,  allowed students to talk with recruiters, trainers, engineers, and managers from regional manufacturing plants.  Students  also met with the labor unions and contractors that support the plants. 

"More schools should do this," Jeff Mason, Training and Safety Coordinator for Barry Steam Plant said. "This allows us to really talk with students one-on-one and let them know what all is available to them after graduation." 

In addition to Barry Steam Plant, Fluour Enterprises Inc., McAbee Construction, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 119, and Sheet Metal Workers 441 provided hands on activities for the day. 
Citronelle High School Signature Academy partners have already begun planning for next year's event.

Support MAEF
As a vital partner to public schools, MAEF innovates and creates programing that enhances the quality of education our students receive, builds up our teachers and principals, and provides alternative pathways to obtaining a high school diploma.  Investing in MAEF means that our community will be provided with accurate actionable data for assessing the effectiveness of our initiatives through it's data driven platform; MAEF will continue to develop and coordinate strategic partners like you; and secure matching funds through grants and contracts to make your donations go farther.  Visit our website  to make your contribution or sign up to volunteer today. 

The Mobile Area Education Foundation office will be closed November 23 - 27, 2015 for the Thanksgiving Holidays.

The Mobile Area Education Foundation, founded in 1992, is Mobile's only community based non-profit leading a county-wide partnership of citizens, businesses, public schools, and public agencies working together to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to succeed, experience a rigorous and relevant education, graduating college- and career-ready.