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.