Monday, June 20, 2011

Opportunities Fair this Thursday

Join DC LEARNs, Academy of Hope and other organizations from the DC area for the 2nd Annual Opportunities Fair at Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library from 12-4p, on Thursday June 23, 2011. This is a great opportunity for DC residents to find out additional information about free or low cost job training, college preparation, technology as well as the internet and personal development.

Academy of Hope recognizes the great importance in all of these areas and how this Opportunities Fair can impact DC residents. We will be setting up our own booth to inform the community of the Adult Education resources and services Academy of Hope provides to empower the most marginalized in Washington, DC. Academy of Hope instructors will be available to answer questions and distribute information. We will also be transporting some our adult learners to the Shaw Library so they can learn more about additional services and programs offered throughout the District.

This is a great opportunity for residents of the community to become more aware of both professional and educational opportunities while communing with others at the same time. If interested in attending or if you know someone that this information would be beneficial to then stop by between 12-4p on Thursday, Shaw Neighborhood Library, Lower Level Meeting Rooms. The address is 1630 7th Street NW (near the Shaw/Howard Metro Station). For additional information on the contact Ben Merrion at (202) 727-2431 or email

Friday, June 17, 2011

The 16th Annual Ball and Bee

Academy of Hope hosted its annual Ball and Bee on June 3, 2011, celebrating 26 years of successfully transforming the lives of Washington, DC, adult learners. We would like to send a special thank you to everyone who helped make the 2011 Ball & Bee a spectacular event. This event would not have been possible without our board members sponsors, students, distinguished guests, volunteers and staff. 

The 2011 Ball and Bee, held at the Katzen Arts Center at American University, was a great success. We celebrated Academy of Hope’s mission to provide high quality adult basic education in a manner that changes lives and strengthens our community. Two learners, Kenneth Tolliver and Valerie Moore, took the stage at the program to share their stories and illustrate how their lives have been impacted by our educational services. With such a wonderful night we have already begun the planning for the 2012 Ball and Bee.

Below is a list of the 2011 Ball and Bee sponsored teams and the winning teams. Visit our Ball and Bee website for our complete list of sponsors, all of the Ball and Bee photos, and information on how you can be involved and support the next Ball and Bee.

Winning teams: 
1st Place- Navigant
2nd Place- Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 
3rd Place-American Institutes For Research
Sponsor Teams:


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Academy of Hope receives 2011 Social Action Award

Academy of Hope is honored to be a recipient of the 2011 Temple Sinai Social Action Service Award. Our Executive Director, Lecester Johnson accepted the award at a special Social Action Shabbat on May 20, 2011. Lecester was accompanied by Bobbie Neuman, long-time Academy of Hope volunteer and member of Temple Sinai congregation. 

Temple Sinai is a center for individuals within the D.C. community, which provides opportunities for members to participate in worship, programs, and services for all ages, as well as a religious education program. The Temple Sinai Social Action/Critical Issues Committee sought nominations for the 13th annual Temple Sinai Social Action Service Award.  This prestigious award recognizes a community-based nonprofit meeting local social service needs within the community.  Temple Sinai wanted to reward small organizations that do tremendous work with limited resources and would benefit from a continuing relationship with the Temple Sinai community.

Academy of Hope was nominated by Marci Levin and Bobbie Neuman for our commitment and dedication to bringing high quality educational and job support for adults from diverse backgrounds throughout the Washington D.C. area. In the nomination, Marci cited some of our many accomplishments including; 37 learners who earned high school credentials, 15 learners who placed in postsecondary education and 182 learners that increased their reading and/or math skills by a grade level or more all in one academic year. By bringing quality adult education, vocational training, and career counseling to the community, Academy of Hope is providing services to those individuals who are having trouble finding jobs and may not be able to provide financially for their families. 

Temple Sinai recognizes us for all of our commitment and many accomplishments and we thank them for supporting Academy of Hope, our learners and the D.C. community.