BFAtl's vision is to create a footprint of positive and sustainable impact throughout the Grove Park community in West Atlanta. To do this, we provide the means and motivation for participating youth to grow, prosper and succeed throughout their middle- and high-school years in anticipation of attending college and becoming self sufficient in their adult life.
By now, I am sure you are aware that Governor Brian Kemp announced Wednesday that all K-12 schools in Georgia will remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of this school year. We are saddened but not surprised by this news. What do we do? How do we navigate this new reality?
We dig deep. We create more connection and surround our kids with virtual arms.
Between texting, phone calls, Google Meet, and Zoom, we are using every virtual touchpoint possible to stay connected and engaged with BFA students. It's not the same as having them here in person with us, but when we see each other's faces, as our volunteer Joe said, it's a heart connection. That's what we are doing—fostering and maintaining a heart connection with our kids.
There are still many things we have to navigate, but know that we are keeping BFA students at the forefront as we plan. We also involve the kids in this process. Just to share, all academic instruction and Afterschool programming have moved online utilizing Google Classroom and Zoom. Our teachers are providing individual support and are communicating with parents to ensure 100% attendance and participation from students and to determine any significant needs during this crisis. BFA's Afterschool partners for music, dance, youth empowerment, and art have adapted their curriculum to a virtual format Monday - Thursday. On Fridays, BFA will host a watch party of uplifting movies and entertainment.
To make up for the meals students received from us, five BFA staff are cooking, packing, and delivering 120 breakfasts and 120 hot meals each day to students and families in our neighborhood.
We are all in this together. Thanks for being there for our kids.
P.S. I think it goes without saying that the need is greater now than ever. Please consider BF when you are giving during these uncertain times.
Social distance learning! These two students live within walking distance of the Bright Futures Center. They rode their bike to come and make use of the technology and complete their classwork. #brightfuturesatlanta#TeachTrainTransform
We had fun in today's afterschool #Zoom chat, playing around with the features such as virtual backgrounds and the tools it has available for raising a virtual hand. One fun topic of the chat was what is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten. Philip got in a great April Fool's Joke with this one.