With the new year approaching and needs for academic intervention growing, Academic Fitness Network is actively shifting into an awareness role for guardian ad litems. Especially true for foster kids, academic fitness which leads to long term turnarounds simply does not happen without significant and long term relationships between the students and the academic coaches.
Kathleen never even knew what it meant to set goals beyond the coming weekend because virtually her entire life had been dictated by a system which did not demonstrate a passion for her future. Now, as a mother of two, she is finally understanding the need to look beyond tomorrow and her own narcissistic view of life. We are proud of the fact that she has chosen to stay 'connected' to Start 2 Achieve and is showing increased passion for reaching her potential - academically and personally.
As our internet based academic fitness teams continue to take shape, we see a bright future for connecting with the Kathleens of today and tomorrow regardless of their life changes - geographically or emotionally. Our initial debut with seven students - ages 14-19 - has proven that we can connect with at-risk students in significant ways and keep them in the circle of 'achievement' beyond the 4-6 week programs which most school districts set in place without true long term measurements.
We are very encouraged by the number and quality of individuals who have shown an interest in being trained to serve as academic coaches for our community based and/or our internet based offerings. By drawing more Guardian ad Litems into the process we are confident the future looks brighter for struggling Foster Kids.
Terry sends a deep word of appreciation from Arkansas for the opportunity to 'connect' with other kids who face the same challenges he has had to deal with. He knew at age 14 when and how he was going to "kiss the *$%#! school scene goodbye" and join his friends in a life headed - nowhere. Terry will be a junior next year and he is looking at the possibilities for employment as a trained machinist.