Story, Vision & Mission
At a Glance
LaAmistad operates volunteer-led after-school programming throughout metro Atlanta focusing on specialized attention and community mentorship. The goal is to improve academic performance by catering to the individual needs of each student. Academic support is supplemented by summer enrichment programs and opportunities that provide students with career, cultural and life experiences. LaAmistad also offers counseling and family support services to students and families as part of a uniquely holistic approach.
We believe that parent education is as important as student education. Parents must be equally committed to their student’s academic growth and must pledge to ensure that their student graduates from high school. Our ongoing parent workshops provide caregivers with the tools and skills necessary to help their students achieve success both at home and in school. Parents are also invited to participate in civic engagement opportunities, helping to form strong community networks and reliable support systems.
LaAmistad’s 10-week English for Successful Living program provides adult students the opportunity to learn English online and at a variety of convenient locations.
LaAmistad is proud to partner with churches, schools, and businesses to provide environments that foster success. We believe that engaging students, families, and caregivers together as a cohesive unit establishes an environment in which every student has the opportunity to thrive academically, physically, and personally.
LaAmistad’s Advisory Council is a collection of the organization’s various stakeholders that represents students, volunteers, community partners, and many more. Membership is decided based on dedication and commitment to our mission.
The goal of the advisory council is to learn about (and from) the experiences of stakeholder groups in an effort to generate new ideas and enhance programming. The advisory council meets twice per fiscal year.
Board of Directors
Nicholas P. Smith
Polly Van Duser