March 2015
Quarterly Newsletter

Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter that is packed with stories of success from the three months. The LaAmistad students have a lot to celebrate. We would love to share their journey with you.

What's Inside...

Volunteer Serves Every Afternoon

ArtArt at the High Museum

On February 6th LaAmistad Teen Center was invited to participate in a very special exhibit at the High Museum of Art. Students were given free reign to decorate the walls with art. Along with two renowned artists, José Parlá from New York and Fahamu Pecou Atlanta, the art was turned into a massive mural on the walls of the High Museum. Click on the picture below to see the completed project featured on 11 Alive News. 
ExpansionsLaAmistad Expansions

LaAmistad's award winning after school program is pleased to announce the receipt of additional funding that will allow the organization to continue to expand to areas outside of its current sites. In the next year, LaAmistad hopes to grow from its current four after school sites to an additional four sites in the year 2015. In 2016, it also hopes to once again double it success by adding four more sites which would result in a total of 12 programs. Sites will be located in Cobb, Dekalb, Fulton and Gwinnett Counties.


What started as a helping hand has turned into a multi-dimensional organization serving our neighbors and strengthening communities.

"As a long-time volunteer for LaAmistad, I have witnessed entire families transformed from being disorganized into well-run, functional families," said Harriet Swenness, a volunteer with over 10 years of service.  "LaAmistad serves the child as well as the family; it also transforms those who volunteer!  Expanding this program will benefit more of Georgia's communities."

fourVolunteer Serves Every Afternoon
Congratulations Michael Joiner, Mr. Mike as the students refer to him, for logging over 400 hours volunteering since implementation of our online database in 2011. Joiner volunteers his time, effort, and energy daily at LaAmistad After School. The students at LaAmistad look up to Joiner as a consistent presence and kind-hearted mentor in their classrooms. One middle school student, when asked to write about a person he admires, wrote about Joiner, noting his "kindness, consistency, humor, and help in the classroom." Even other volunteers at LaAmistad look up to Joiner for his knowledge on how to most effectively assist the students.
Joiner has been volunteering with LaAmistad since 2008. At the start of his volunteering experience, he devoted two afternoons per week. In 2011, upon retiring from his company, he started volunteering Mondays through Thursdays, also volunteering his services as a bus driver when needed. His consistency and uplifting approach taken towards the children have left a positive impact on the lives of elementary, middle, and high school students and their families for years.
Mr. Mike welcomes the kids to LaAmistad with a warm smile. The students look towards Mr. Mike as a mentor. He is willing to go above and beyond to help the students achieve their goals. Thank you for the time you have invested with the LaAmistad students. You have made a huge impact on the lives of these students.  
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EventsMark Your Calendars for Upcoming Events
Come one come all to Peachtree's Got Talent! Join us on April 17th at 7 pm at the Lodge at Peachtree Presbyterian Church to see the talented students put on a show. Tickets are for sale for $10. Proceeds go to sponsor students to attend LaAmistad's Animate Summer Camp.
Gather your teams for the  15th Annual Golf Tournament. Shoot a hole in one on  June 11th at the Heritage Golf Links. Tee off is at 12:30.The cost to play is $225 individually or $900 per team.

Save the date for the LaAmistad Gala on  September 26th .

buckheadBuckhead 5K Thank You
Thank you everyone who supported LaAmistad's Buckhead 5k! Together we raised over $15,000 for the 5 LaAmistad locations over Atlanta. 

We look forward to seeing you at the 6th Annual LaAmistad Buckhead 5K on Saturday February 27, 2016.