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Understanding APS data regarding student opportunity, access, & achievement.


  • AAKOMA believes that to meet the mental health needs of Youth of Color, we need to operate at three levels C raising consciousness among individuals, providing accessible tools for ongoing management, and shifting systems to receive youth and provide better care.

  • View 鶹 County initiatives and resources around racial/ethnic equity, including their . The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is also part of 鶹 countys Racial Equity Core Team.

  • Aspire! Afterschool Learning (formerly Greenbrier Learning Center) is a non-profit organization that provides holistic, high-quality afterschool and summer academic enrichment to students in South 鶹. Aspire!’s Learning ROCKS! program has a special focus on literacy through individualized and small group tutoring and support. They have programs at 鶹 Mill, Virginia Gardens, and Gilliam Place every weekday after school.

  • The Black Parents of 鶹 represents and advocate for the full well-being of Black children in 鶹, VA Public Schools.

  • Coaches provide support to students who are working on topics such as: interviewing, time management, resume development, career planning, college prep, stress/anxiety, etc.

  • The Dream Project empowers Virginia students whose immigration status creates barriers to higher education through access to scholarships, resources & mentors.

  • In 1998, a group of Bolivian parents and the Bolivian Ambassador met with the Superintendent of 鶹 Public Schools to establish an academic enrichment program that would meet the needs of 鶹s growing immigrant Latino population. Since then, Edu-Futuro has grown to support and empower Latino and other immigrant families through educational programs and leadership development while teaching the broader community about the Latin American culture.

  • Established in 1987, Early Identification Program (EIP) serves as the college preparatory program at George Mason University. EIP empowers students to achieve their goal of attaining higher education and succeeding once there. EIPs aim is to educate the whole student. They provide year-round academic enrichment, personal and social development, civic engagement, and leadership training opportunities. EIP ensures that students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and intellect to become lifelong learners, leaders, and responsible global citizens.

  • The Executive Certificate in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion prepares students to analyze, diagnose, and address diversity, equity, and inclusion issues within organizations. APS is partnering with the program on their Capstone Project.

  • Humanize My Hoodie empowers Black people to stand up against racial injustice. The hoodie invites conversations and they are using the Humanize My Hoodie sweatshirt, as well as educational tools, to arm our marginalized communities with innovative ways to uplift humanity and fight against violence and racism.

  • Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington endeavors to foster a society based on freedom, justice and democratic pluralism for it is such a society which affords Jews, and all people, the conditions most conducive to individual security, equal opportunity and creative group survival.

  • La Cocina offers a program that provides unemployed individuals with job training, culinary certification, and job placement services. They have also designed a sustainable food assistance program that takes the meals cooked by the students in the Training Program and donates them daily to low income families and individuals in the area.

  • The MSAN Network is a national coalition of multiracial school districts that have come together to understand and eliminate racial opportunity gaps that persist in their schools. Across MSAN districts, disparities on an array of achievement data demonstrate wide gaps in performance across students from diverse racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds. Since 1999, MSAN has worked fervently to achieve the parallel goals of closing gaps while ensuring all students achieve to high levels. To this end, districts work collaboratively to conduct and publish research, analyze policies, share promising practices, and lift up student voice in pursuit of the Networks mission.

  • The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

  • The Virginia Tech College Access Collaborative aims to increase academic preparation, access and affordability for first-generation, low-income, underrepresented minorities (Black, Latino, and Native American), women and students from rural and inner-city communities.