Local Leaders Inspire At-Risk Children

STERLING, VA (June 4, 2018): After learning about the importance of public service and community involvement, the students who attend INMED’s After-School Academic Enrichment program at the Family & Youth Opportunity Center were treated to the real deal. Virginia General Assembly Delegate David Reid (32nd District), Sterling District Supervisor Koran Saines and a group of Opportunity Center community partners spent more than an hour touring INMED’s facility for low-income families and interacting with the children.

Del. Reid shared his story of growing up in intergenerational poverty and his time at an orphanage in Richmond, VA, because his single father could not take care of him. “I didn’t know I was poor until the principal called me to his office to give me a box of clothes collected for the poor students,” recalled Reid. “I wanted the children to know that I faced challenges, but I took advantage of every opportunity,” said Reid. He was adopted at age 16 and later attended college in Oklahoma and earned a graduate degree in international development from American University as well as a master’s degree in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University. “I am thankful for all the people who helped me along the way, and everyone at this center is here to help you reach your dreams too,” Reid told the children.

Sterling District Supervisor Koran Saines, a long-time supporter of INMED’s Opportunity Center, also shared his story of growing up in Sterling and encouraged the children to dream big, despite difficult circumstances. He was inspired by visiting the monuments in Washington, DC as a child and dreamed of becoming a public servant. “Listen to your teachers, ask a lot of questions and work hard in school,” Saines told the children. “If you do these things, good things will come back to you.”

Community partners Lara Major of 100WomenStrong, Network Nova’s Renise Leresche, Virginia Regional Transit (VRT) CEO Bruce Simms, VRT Operations Director Phil Thompson and VRT Loudoun Area Transit Manager Eric Levdahl also toured the Opportunity Center to see how their ongoing support is helping at-risk children and families in need.

“We are so thankful for the support of our community partners and political representatives,” said Opportunity Center Programs Director Maria Elena Vasquez-Alvarez. “We would not be able to achieve the great progress we’ve made in low-income communities of Loudoun County without their help.”

About INMED:

INMED Partnerships for Children is an international humanitarian organization that has improved the lives of millions of children and families in 100+ countries for more than 30 years. Headquartered in Sterling, Virginia, INMED has served at-risk children and low-income families in Loudoun since 1994 by providing child development and family/parenting education, after-school academic enrichment, skills development and job readiness services as well as intensive

home visiting services/case management for first-time at-risk parents. For more information, contact Maria Elena Vasquez-Alvarez at mvasquez@inmed.org or visit https://opportunitycenter.us.

Photo 1: From right: Virginia Regional Transit (VRT) CEO Bruce Simms, Sterling District Supervisor Koran Saines,100WomenStrong’s Lara Major, Virginia Del. David Reid, VRT Operations Director Phil Thompson and VRT Loudoun Area Transit Manager Eric Levdahl visited with at-risk children in INMED’s After School Academic Enrichment program at its Opportunity Center in Sterling.
Photo 2: Virginia Del. David Reid (center) shared his story of growing up in poverty and overcoming adversity with children in INMED’s After School Academic Enrichment program at its Opportunity Center in Sterling.
Photo 3: “You’re smart, you’re important and never let anyone hold you back,” Sterling District Supervisor Koran Saines told a group of students in INMED’s After School Academic Enrichment program at its Opportunity Center in Sterling. Also pictured is Lara Major of 100WomenStrong, a long-time supporter of the Opportunity Center.

 

Photos 4 & 5: Programs Director Maria Elena Vasquez-Alvarez (left photo, far right) led community partners and VIPs on a tour of INMED’s Family & Youth Opportunity Center in Sterling, VA, including a stroll through the LCPS student art gallery (right photo).

Family Fun at INMED’s 1st Science Expo

STERLING, VA (May 29, 2018): INMED inspired and awed future scientists at its first Mini Science Expo at the Family & Youth Opportunity Center. Volunteers from local technology firms and STEM-focused organizations wowed the crowd of children and their parents with a variety of hands-on activities, including Samsung 3D virtual goggle adventures by Talentline; a desktop flight simulator and wooden airplane assembly by Rockwell Collins; a slime piano and sound wave tube from the Children’s Science Center Lab; dry ice experiments and lava lamp making by SciGenius; 3D scanning and printing by The YouthQuest Foundation; electronic circuit, windmill and fuel cell demonstrations by Nova Enrichment Academy; creative coding activities by Sterling Public Library, and LEGO® robot building kits by YMCA Loudoun County.

The event also showcased INMED’s STEAM-focused programs for at-risk children and summer learning camps to prepare today’s youth to succeed in the 21st century. “Inspiring children and narrowing opportunity gaps are two key goals of INMED’s Opportunity Center,” said Cecilia Capece, Executive Director. “When children don’t want to leave our center because they wish to stay and learn more, we know we have done our job well. We are also thankful for the participation and support of our local business and community partners to make these outreach events possible.”

For more information about INMED’s summer camps and programs for low-income families, visit https://opportunitycenter.us.

Photo 1: A young adventurer tries on a pair of Samsung virtual 3D goggles by TalentLine, which took him on a variety of eco-escapades at INMED’s Mini Science Expo at the Family & Youth Opportunity Center.
Photo 2: SciGenius engaged children and parents with dry ice experiments and lava lamp-making activities at INMED’s Mini Science Expo.
Photos 3 & 4: The YouthQuest Foundation’s 3D printer cranked out dozens of creations during the four-hour Mini Science Expo at INMED’s Family & Youth Opportunity Center in Sterling.

 

Photos 5 & 6: The Children’s Science Center Lab’s squishy slime piano and sound wave tube taught children about the magic of sound and electrical conduction.

Photo 7: The Code-a-Pillars from Sterling Public Library were among several coding activities and robotics demonstrations at INMED’s Mini Science Expo.
Photo 8: Rockwell Collins had a waiting line of eager pilots for its desktop flight simulator.

 

Photo 9: It’s never too early to foster a love for science!

 

INMED’s Spring Job Fair Draws Record Crowd

STERLING, VA (May 23, 2018): More than 300 people in search of employment and career advancement, recruiters and volunteers participated in the recent Spring Job Fair facilitated by the INMED Family & Youth Opportunity Center in partnership with Sterling District Supervisor Koran Saines. Representatives from 60 local employers—ranging from hotels/hospitality, food service, construction and transportation to IT, financial services, retail and nonprofit organizations—were on hand to fill open positions. “We were thrilled with the turn-out,” said one recruiter. “This job fair keeps getting bigger and bigger, and it has become a great source for quality employees.”

In fact, the event had to be moved to the Claude Moore Recreation and Community Center to accommodate the large crowd. “I am pleased to work with INMED Opportunity Center to offer this community event and help residents gain employment closer to home,” said Supervisor Saines.

Special thanks to Loudoun County Public Library and Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services for supporting this free community outreach event. For more information about the Fall Job Fair, please visit https://opportunitycenter.org or https://www.loudoun.gov/sterling.

 

Photo 1:A large crowd of job seekers turned out for the Spring Job Fair facilitated by Sterling District Supervisor Koran Saines and INMED’s Family & Youth Opportunity Center.
Photos 2-3: Representatives from 60 local businesses, Loudoun County government and nonprofit organizations actively recruited potential employees to fill open positions at the Spring Job Fair, facilitated by Sterling Supervisor Koran Saines and INMED’s Family & Youth Opportunity Center.

 

 

Photo 4: Sterling Supervisor Koran Saines (center), Legislative Aide Jacqueline Pujol (left) and INMED Opportunity Center Executive Director Cecilia Capece greeted job seekers at their biannual job fair at Claude Moore Recreation Center.

INMED Events Benefit Loudoun Communities

STERLING, VA (May 23, 2018): More than 300 people in search of employment and career advancement, recruiters and volunteers participated in the recent Spring Job Fair facilitated by the INMED Family & Youth Opportunity Center in partnership with Sterling District Supervisor Koran Saines. Representatives from 60 local employers—ranging from hotels/hospitality, food service, construction and transportation to IT, financial services, retail and nonprofit organizations—were on hand to fill open positions. “We were thrilled with the turn-out,” said one recruiter. “This job fair keeps getting bigger and bigger, and it has become a great source for quality employees.”

In fact, the event had to be moved to the Claude Moore Recreation and Community Center to accommodate the large crowd. “I am pleased to work with INMED Opportunity Center to offer this community event and help residents gain employment closer to home,” said Supervisor Saines.

Special thanks to Loudoun County Public Library and Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services for supporting this free community outreach event. For more information about the Fall Job Fair, please visit https://opportunitycenter.org or https://www.loudoun.gov/sterling.

 

In addition to helping Loudoun residents find gainful employment, INMED inspired and awed future scientists at its first Mini Science Expo at the Family & Youth Opportunity Center. Volunteers from local technology firms and STEM-focused organizations wowed the crowd of children and their parents with a variety of hands-on activities, including Samsung 3D virtual goggle adventures by Talentline; a desktop flight simulator and wooden airplane assembly by Rockwell Collins; a slime piano and sound wave tube from the Children’s Science Center Lab; dry ice experiments and lava lamp making by SciGenius; 3D scanning and printing by The YouthQuest Foundation; electronic circuit, windmill and fuel cell demonstrations by Nova Enrichment Academy; creative coding activities by Sterling Public Library, and LEGO® robot building kits by YMCA Loudoun County.

The event also showcased INMED’s STEAM-focused programs for at-risk children and summer learning camps to prepare today’s youth to succeed in the 21st century. “Inspiring children and narrowing opportunity gaps are two key goals of INMED’s Opportunity Center,” said Cecilia Capece, Executive Director. “When children don’t want to leave our center because they wish to stay and learn more, we know we have done our job well. We are also thankful for the participation and support of our local business and community partners to make these outreach events possible.”
For more information about INMED’s summer camps and programs for low-income families, visit https://opportunitycenter.us.

Successful Day at the 2018 Mini Science Expo

Thank you to the following vendors who participated in our 2018 Mini Science Expo. The day was a huge success educating young minds with an array of STEM-related demonstrations and activities.

  • YMCA Loudoun County – LEGO® Robotic Kits
  • Talentline / Samsung – Environmental 3-D Virtual Goggle Adventures
  • Loudoun County (Sterling) Public Library – Variety of Robot Demonstrations and Coding Activities for mBots, Spheros, Mousetrap and Code-A-Pillar
  • The Children’s Science Center Lab – 12-Note Slime Piano and Sound Wave Tube
  • SciGenius – Dry Ice Experiments and Creative Lava Lamps
  • Rockwell Collins – Desktop Flight Simulator, Paper Folding and Wooden Airplane Assembly
  • The YouthQuest Foundation – 3-D Scanning and Printing
  • Nova Enrichment Academy – Electronic circuits, Windmills and Fuel Cells

INMED 2018 Mini Science Expo Tomorrow

Don’t miss our Mini Science Expo at INMED’s Family & Youth Opportunity Center TOMORRW! Fun for the whole family! Try out a desktop flight simulator, create a slime piano, build the latest LEGO creations, race a LEGO robot and more!

Only $5 per person (3 years and older). All proceeds will benefit INMED’s After-School Academic Enrichment program for at-risk children from local elementary schools. Learn more at https://opportunitycenter.us.

Give Choose 24 Hour Giving Campaign

Give Choose is a 24-hour day of giving organized by the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. Today, May 1 is the day to give. Please support INMED on Tuesday, May 1st from 12:00 am until 11:59 pm through our Give Choose page. 

Your donation, large or small, will make the difference to a family working to build a better future. Every dollar received will be used to deliver INMED’s essential program services to disadvantaged individuals.