- Volunteers play a leading role in assisting LaAmistad students during afterschool programming.
- Healthy snacks and recreation time are a daily part of the holistic afterschool program.
- Manners and character-building are interwoven in afterschool programming.
- Students work with volunteers in small classroom groups.
- Students work on remediation or refine academic skills once homework is complete.
- Students participate in cultural and enrichment activities throughout the year.
- Parents of enrolled students are encouraged to attend English classes and educational workshops, and complete community service hours to give back.
Anímate Summer Academy
At LaAmistad, summer is a time for fun AND learning. Many of our students need additional academic support in order to maintain their academic progress and strengthen areas of weakness. With the school community closed, it’s also a time when families need the most support. LaAmistad, in partnership with several private schools, is there to provide its working families with a no-cost camp that not only bolsters academic success but exposes students to activities that, while available to their more affluent peers, are normally beyond their economic means.
Many LaAmistad students attend Anímate Summer Academy, and students outside of the LaAmistad family are invited to fill any remaining slots. Our campers spend the first part of the day immersed in the main academic subject areas of language arts, reading, and math, taught by certified educators. A reading club and social-emotional learning round out the morning. After a nutritious lunch, students enjoy traditional summer camp activities.
Thanks to our strong partnerships and generous donors, campers have access to summer meals, transportation and recreational experiences including:
- soccer, tennis, and other sports
- arts and crafts
- STEM projects
- mobile zoo
- field trips
After a summer of hard work and play, campers leave with their academics pushed to the next level, positive memories, confidence, a sense of belonging and prepared for a successful school year.
LaAmistad strives to support families with students participating in LaAmistad Afterschool through monthly workshops on a variety of topics such as:
- Navigating the school system
- Parent communication and interaction with their children
- Positive discipline
- Healthy living
- College prep
- Digital literacy
- Accessing community resources
The ultimate goal of our no-cost workshops is to strengthen, revitalize, and equip families to thrive while building and maintaining healthy family relationships. For inquiries about partnering to provide quality workshops to our community, please contact us.
LaAmistad’s Parent Partnership further assists families by connecting parents to community resources and agencies that provide support services. Our network includes partners such as food banks, counseling services, churches, attorneys and healthcare providers to meet the needs of our students and families.
English for Successful Living
LaAmistad offers students the opportunity to improve their English fluency in our virtual English for Successful Living (ESL) classroom. The virtual ESL classroom is open to anyone in the community that wants to learn English regardless of origin. To participate in online classes, students must have access to a reliable Internet /data connection for video using a computer, mobile phone, or tablet. Students purchase their own student pack (textbook and workbook) through Amazon. A link to purchase the student pack will be provided after registration is completed.
Our volunteer-led instructional program offers the immigrant population at large the opportunity to take English classes online with an instructor in a virtual classroom setting. The standard registration fee is $50 per 10-week session. Our volunteers are trained and mentored by experienced and certified ESL professionals.
Our curriculum focuses on the use of English for everyday situations and provides preparation for various purposes. Upon successfully completing the 3-year program, ESL graduates have the language tools to meet their personal, academic and employment goals.
If you would like to learn English, and improve your pronunciation and fluency, we invite you to join the growing LaAmistad ESL community! Or, if you would like to host an ESL program, contact us.
LaAmistad proudly offers Adult Education classes and workshops in Spanish that support the personal and professional development of the Latino community. The offerings vary and cover topics such as:
- Financial literacy
- Mental health
- Home buying
- Consumer awareness
If you would like more information on upcoming workshops or have a topic you would like to present, please contact us.
The Suzanne W. Schirber LaAmistad Scholarship
- Enrolled in LaAmistad Afterschool for at least one year.
- Enrolled as a 12th grade student with sufficient credits to graduate in the spring of 2022 or enrolled full-time/part-time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 2-year, or 4-year university.
- Maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA based on a 4.0 scale.
- Immediate family members of any full-time LaAmistad employee or LaAmistad scholarship committee member are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.
Applications must be filled out completely, include all required support materials and must be completely submitted by the deadline of May 31, at 11:59 PM.
In addition to a completed application and the required essays, every applicant must submit at least one letter of recommendation and a copy of their most recent high school or college transcript. Letters of recommendation and transcripts can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Incomplete scholarship applications cannot be considered and will not be returned.
In order for LaAmistad to disperse scholarship funds to the college/university, awardees must provide current proof of enrollment from the college/university with the student ID number as well as a contact name and mailing address for the Student Accounts Office.
Scholarship recipients will be contacted directly and will be posted by June 28, 2022.
In the heart of Sandy Springs, LaAmistad’s Community Center is a hub of educational services for the community. The 2,000-square-foot facility has a beautiful conference room with a large screen TV and a table that seats 8 comfortably. The facility also boasts a spacious classroom with tables that seat up to 24 students in a variety of configurations, a kitchenette, and two large-screen TVs. Outside there is ample parking and a beautiful playground and green space for little ones to enjoy.
The community center offers English classes for adults, computer classes, and other adult education workshops. Partner non-profits also use the community center to serve the nearby community with special events and pop-up shops.
The LaAmistad Community Center is available to rent at affordable rates. Please contact us for more information.
LaAmistad Community Center
120 Northwood Drive
Sandy Springs, GA 30342