Dear ABC Friends and Family,It is that time of year again. The Talent Program is in full swing after commencing with its Volunteer Training Day on Saturday, March 15 and concluding the first week of classes for the Spring 2013 semester. The number of volunteers, migrant students and partner schools this semester are all time highs, with 71 volunteers, 346 students and 7 partner schools. This semester also marks the introduction of the Talent Program's hygiene and baking classes. (For more information on the Talent Program, please visit our website at www.abridgeforchildren.org)ABC is excited for all of those involved in the Spring 2013 Talent Program. And it is our sincerest hope that the work accomplished in the following weeks will provide ample opportunity for students and volunteers to learn and grow from each other. No more can this be said than for ABC's Dream Program students who have been tasked as volunteers. As young adults this will be for most of the students the first time that they will serve as volunteer teachers. Their backgrounds and the challenges that they have faced growing up of course are different, remarkably different, than the Talent Program's other volunteers, which consist mostly of local college students and working professionals. Despite these differences, however, ABC believes that the spirit of giving back and serving others is one that transcends age, experience, sex, nationality and all other categorizations. So it is in this light that the hope for all those involved in this semesters Talent program shines brightly.
Dear ABC Friends and Family,
The National Basketball Association (NBA) hosted an NBA Cares event at the Worker’s Stadium in Beijing on Saturday, July 28th. Students from the DREAM Program were invited to participate in an exclusive basketball training session with Washington Wizards Center, Emeka Okafor. After teaching students how to improve passing and shooting, Okafor played one-on-one with all of the students, allowing one of our own DREAM students to show off her basketball skills!
This activity was very well received by the DREAM Program students. Feedback indicates that the event was a good opportunity to have fun, learn some basketball skills, and increase confidence.
In early July, 36 ABC friends and staff joined together at the Ivy Bilingual School to warmly welcome the arrival of twelve 2012-2013 DREAM students. For many students, this signified their first trip outside of their hometowns, but this new and exciting environment will be their new homes for the next year.
For dinner, guests and students enjoyed appetizing steak and chicken burrito bowls from Avocado Tree, followed by beautifully-crafted and scrumptious cupcakes, courtesy of CCSweets. At the end of the event, Steve Hwang, founder of ABC, eloquently stated a few words of encouragement to the incoming class: “I see one thing in common in all of you. You all have potential. We, as the ABC DREAM team, are here to serve you for the next year and help you discover that potential.” With ABC’s guidance, the students will be empowered with the knowledge, support, and tools they need to conquer their fears and realize their dreams.
Within a few days of arriving in Beijing, ABC’s 2012-2013 DREAM students and their foster home managers began their day of bonding and education. Partnering with ABC, the Beijing United Family Hospital generously hosted and provided the DREAM Health Education Training on Thursday, July 5th. To create a more relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, the day began with several rounds of ice breakers and games, giving the students a chance to transition from being just housemates to friends. Soon afterwards, four more trainers educated the students on healthy lifestyle and nutrition, sex education, first aid, and general hygiene.
ABC is extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with the 2012-2013 Class. We sincerely hope that the Dream program will not only serve as a platform for self-improvement and increased confidence for each individual, but also for the beginning of many life long relationships. We invite you to join us to serve!
With Warmest Regards,
The ABC Family
Wendy is a recent graduate from the Dream Program (Education 2011-2012) class. Throughout the past year Wendy was consistently a top performer who demonstrated ambition to succeed and improve herself. She excelled in many facets within the program, including English, and at the Foster Home, where she was considered a leader by her peers. Wendy has grown in many areas and ABC is proud of her for her efforts.Upon graduation, Wendy was hired by one of ABC's partner companies to receive training in computer programming. She was selected to work for the company after participating in ABC's computer skills training class, where she showed a keen interest and the capacity to learn programming code. It encourages us to know that she has enjoyment and fulfillment in her new job. ABC will continue to support and encourage her in her endeavors, whatever those are.- ABC Family
Thank you for your continued support. Our Dream Education Program Class of 2011-2012 graduated at the end of February. The orphans stories and their accomplishments from the year can be found in the Yearbook attached to this report. We are proud to report that out of the 12 students that participated in our program this year, 9 of the students found employment and the remaining 3 students are continuing their education at vocational schools.
While we were sad to see them graduate from the program, we also, at the same time, see this as an opportunity to continue our support for them. Currently, we meet with the students weekly in hopes to provide support for the challenging transition into society that each student faces. We also continue to provide them with free English language training.Recruitment has already begun for next years class, which will join us at the end of June. We expect to successfully recruit 12-18 students this time around.
We truly believe that these students are realizing positive change in their lives through this program. With your help, we can continue to see this happen.
Thanks again for your support.Zadok
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