Partners and Funders Luncheon 2016

In late April, the Maya Angelou Schools and See Forever Foundation hosted its annual Partners and Funders Luncheon. We hold this event annually to thank our supporters and partners, without whom we could not fulfill our mission.

The luncheon began with remarks and an overview of the organization from our CEO, Dr. Heather D. Wathington. Each school leaders then spoke on specific initiatives their schools have been working on this semester. Sarah Navarro, the director of the Young Adult Learning Center (YALC), highlighted the new Seeds for Success program which partners with the Department of Public Works and Department of Employment Services to create work opportunities and classroom incentives for students. At the High School, Principal Tameika Ashford Freeman presented updates about the High School’s after-school initiatives and the new Hospitality and Tourism program run by Director, Akoshia Yoba. This new program engages and exposes students to various career opportunities in the fields of hospitality and tourism and provides useful credentials and contacts for students.

The luncheon ended with a tour of the Maya campus and two hands-on activities led by Maya Angelou Schools’ students. At the YALC, students taught guests how to make their own picture frames from scratch. The students were fantastic teachers, both patient and engaging, as they demonstrated the machinery and frame-making process with ease. At the High School, student Ambassadors and Ms. Bell, our High School Art instructor, directed guests in making hand-made cards.

We hope all of our guests enjoyed getting to see the schools and students in action, and we look forward to another great Partners and Funders celebration next year!

–Yifan Zhang

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