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Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations to the graduates of INMED’s After-School Academic Enrichment program at our Family & Youth Opportunity Center in Sterling, VA. These students have met and exceeded the goals of their academic improvement plans and are on the path to success. We are so proud of them and can’t wait to hear about their future achievements! Learn more about INMED’s programs for at-risk children and youth at https://opportunitycenter.us.

Summer Camp

We’re READY! Are you? Looking for a great, inexpensive learning camp for your 5-to 12-year-old kids this summer? Contact INMED’s Family & Youth Opportunity Center. Only $50 per week, including a snack, materials and take-home projects. The fun is FREE! Contact Yahaira Hanon at yhanon@inmed.org to register.

LCPS Art Exhibit

Check out our latest installment of our Loudoun County Public Schools’ art exhibit, courtesy of the talented artists of Sterling Middle School. Click here for a virtual tour: https://opportunitycenter.us/programs/art/

If you would like to experience the exhibit in person, we invite you to schedule a tour of our center in Sterling by calling 703-729-4951. INMED’s Family & Youth Opportunity Center is proud to be a designated host site for Loudoun County Public Schools’ Art Program School-Business Partnership.

Cooking with Kids

The best part of cooking isn’t always about the eating. For INMED’s After-School Academic Enrichment program students, it’s about camaraderie, creativity and fun. It’s also about math, chemistry and the feeling of accomplishment. And then there’s the satisfaction of popping that first delectable dough-wrapped piggy into your mouth! Yum!

Thank you, Virginia Regional Transit (VRT)

Thank you, Virginia Regional Transit (VRT), for helping the Opportunity Center provide bus service to children in our After-School Academic Enrichment program. You have been a great community partner! Special thanks to VRT CEO Bruce Simms, VRT Operations Director Phil Thompson and VRT Loudoun Area Transit Manager Eric Levdahl, who recently toured the Opportunity Center to see their ongoing support at work!

Welcome Jackey Mendez

We are pleased to welcome our new Administrative Assistant, Jackelyn (Jackey) Mendez. She started volunteering at the Opportunity Center earlier this year while finishing her psychology degree at George Mason University. Now that she has graduated, we were fortunate to hire her! Jackey is fluent in Spanish, active in the community and a savvy social media poster. Look for her updates on Facebook and Twitter!

2018 Capstone Students

Congratulations and thank you to our 2018 capstone students: Nadia Pazekian, Loudoun Valley High School; Abha Prabu, Rock Ridge High School; Farhan Zaman, Rock Ridge High School; Sarah Hadi, Broad Run High School. These stellar students have spent the last several weeks working with at-risk children in in INMED’s After-School Academic Enrichment program and assisting with preparations for our STEAM-focused learning camps for their senior capstone projects.

Best wishes to these soon-to-be graduates as they embark on their future endeavors.

Today is International Children’s Day

INMED has been cultivating healthy children and brighter futures in more than 100 countries since 1986 with programs in health and nutrition, adaptive agriculture and youth development. Join us in celebrating this global day of children by supporting our Opportunity Center in Sterling! Shop Amazon Smile: smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1482339. Contribute something from our Wish List: https://opportunitycenter.us/get-involved/our-wish-list/. Make a donation: https://opportunitycenter.us/get-involved/donate-now/.

Your support matters! Thank you!

Summer Camp

Summer camp is almost here! INMED is holding 6 week-long sessions of our popular STEAM-focused learning camps at the Opportunity Center for children ages 5-12. Camps will run Monday- Friday 1 pm – 5 pm from June 18-Aug. 3. Only $50 per session, including a light meal each day, activity supplies and materials, and take-home projects.

Download our flyer: https://opportunitycenter.us/programs/summer-day-camp/. Contact Yahaira Hanon, INMED Youth Academic Services Coordinator at 571-465-5996 or yhanon@inmed.org.

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).