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Thankful Thursday

We are grateful for community partner Sterling Public Library for all the creative and engaging activities its staff facilitates for the students in our after-school academic enrichment program at the Opportunity Center. From e-books to puzzles to STEM activities like the racing robot coding challenge pictured here, together we are helping at-risk children develop new skills and a deep love of learning.

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Love of Reading

Reading has positive impacts on multiple levels. It reduces stress, engages the mind, increases vocabulary and brings new worlds of possibility within reach. Reading is a main component of our after-school academic enrichment program at our Opportunity Center.

Would you like to share your love of reading with a child who needs after-school assistance? Please contact INMED volunteer coordinator Yahaira Hanon at for details.

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Youth Art Month

Did you know that March is Youth Art Month? To celebrate, we’ve created a new virtual art gallery on our Opportunity Center web site, courtesy of Potomac Falls High School’s talented art students: INMED is an official partner for displaying artwork created by students of Loudoun County Public Schools.

If you would like to admire the work in person at INMED’s Family & Youth Opportunity Center in Sterling, please contact Executive Director Cecilia Capece at to schedule a tour.

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Dr. Vinton G. Cerf Visits Opportunity Center

Students in our after-school academic enrichment program received a gift they will never forget the other day. Dr. Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President at Google and widely known as the “Father of the Internet,” spent more than an hour observing the Center’s many educational activities provided for at-risk children. In one activity organized by Sterling Library, he helped students use binary coding to create personalized bracelets. He even made one for himself.

Dr. Cerf’s visit provided a major showcase of the many STEAM enrichment activities offered at the Opportunity Center. Learn more about how INMED is creating opportunities for at-risk children and families to thrive—and ways to get involved:

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Animal Village by Nelda Lateef

It takes a village to inspire the hearts and minds of our students at the Opportunity Center—an Animal Village! On April 12, noted children’s author and illustrator Nelda Lateef will visit our after-school academic enrichment program to read her latest book, Animal Village.

Our students are in good company. Last week, Ms. Lateef met with the Ambassador of the Republic of Niger in New York City (pictured here) and was asked to read Animal Village at Niger’s Independence Day celebration. The book was inspired by the rich oral traditions of Niger. She also will be a guest speaker at the 5th International Board on Boards for Young People (IBBY) African Regional Conference in Accra, Ghana.

We are thrilled to have Ms. Lateef visit the Center and look forward to sharing updates!

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Soccer Skills and Drills

Coach Steve is getting kids to kick up their heels during Soccer Skills & Drills at INMED’s Family & Youth Opportunity Center. One of the after-school enrichment activities, developing soccer skills enhances fitness, discipline and teamwork for children who may not have the opportunity to participate in team sports outside of school. Learn more about how INMED’s Opportunity Center is helping to nurture healthy, well-rounded and self-sufficient youth:

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Learning Music

Did you know that learning to play an instrument not only enriches children artistically, but also helps them perform better at math? INMED’s after-school STEAM enrichment activities now include piano lessons and free-style musical instrument playing. It’s just another way INMED is helping at-risk children explore and develop new skills to expand their potential at our Family & Youth Opportunity Center. Learn more at

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Father of the Internet Visits INMED’s Opportunity Center

STERLING, VA (February 26, 2018):

Students in the after-school academic enrichment program at INMED’s Family & Youth Opportunity Center recently received a gift they will never forget. Dr. Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, spent more than an hour observing the Center’s many student activities—and even participated in a binary coding exercise presented by Sterling Public Library.

Dr. Cerf is widely recognized as the “Father of the Internet.” He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, as well as on the faculty of Stanford University. He also has received numerous awards and commendations for his continued work on the Internet, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology and the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, among many others.

“Our entire staff, students and volunteers were thrilled to spend time with Dr. Cerf,” said Opportunity Center Executive Director Cecilia Capece. “This distinguished and unassuming gentleman made himself completely accessible to the students during their activities, and he was impressed with our work at the Center and its importance to the community.”

Dr. Vinton Cerf, known as the Father of the Internet, creates a personalized bracelet using binary code with a student in INMED’s after-school academic enrichment program, featuring STEAM activities at its Opportunity Center in Sterling, VA.

“The INMED Center is a prime example of community response to young people in need of help toward educational success,” said Dr. Cerf. “It would be hard to overstate the dedication of the staff to their young charges and their families.”

Dr. Cerf’s visit provided a major showcase of the expanded STEAM enrichment activities offered at the Opportunity Center. “Our goal is to develop opportunities for at-risk children with limited resources to succeed in their personal and professional endeavors,” said Capece. “Our program activities are opening new vistas to low-income children and their families.”

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ACC Non-Profit Fair and Panel Discussion

INMED was delighted for the opportunity to share information on a variety of support and empowerment services offered by our Opportunity Center with the members of the Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region. ACC’s recent non-profit fair and panel discussion highlighted a number of charitable organizations that drew a sizable crowd of individuals interested in volunteering their time and talents. Opportunity Center Executive Director Cecilia Capece was more than happy to answer questions about volunteering opportunities available at INMED.

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Free Job Fair April 21st

Don’t miss INMED’s FREE Job Fair on Saturday, April 21 at Claude Moore Recreation Center 46105 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling, VA from 10 am – 12 pm. In partnership with Sterling District Supervisor Koran Saines, this community outreach event will feature recruiters and business representatives from top local employers.

Trade schools, vocational and technical training programs—plus apprenticeships, scholarships and financial aid—will also be part of the onsite discussion. Candidates should bring identification and resume, and be dressed to impress! Contact Cecilia Capece at to register. @INMEDCenter @INMEDChildren #jobreadiness #skillsdevelopment #jobopportunities #Loudoun #ThisisLoudoun #ThinkLoudoun #LoveLoudoun