Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fostering Academic Achievement in South Arlington

The Nonprofit

Greenbrier Learning Center (GLC) was founded in 1994 at the request of parents, teachers, and community members seeking after school tutoring and enrichment activities for the children of South Arlington.
Greenbrier Learning Center’s mission is to promote education, youth leadership and strong families through structured enrichment programs beyond the school day.  Utilizing a community-driven approach, GLC (1) fosters academic achievement and personal growth among our afterschool students; (2) acts as a resource for youth and adults; and (3) increases collaboration among service providers in Northern Virginia.
The Programs

GLC has 2 main programs: Learning ROCKS! and Parent Connection.
(1) Learning ROCKS!: GLC’s flagship program that provides afterschool assistance to 60 South Arlington 3rd-5th graders at two different sites, Greenbrier Baptist Church and Virginia Gardens Apartments. . Learning ROCKS! focuses on four themes: Literacy, Community and Culture, Healthy Lifestyles, and Life Skills.
 (2) Parent Connection: GLC provides weekly topic-based, informational workshops and leadership opportunities for parents and adults at three sites. Workshops are conducted in the evenings and support three distinct objectives:
·         Parents are able to effectively engage in and support their child’s education;
·         Adults are able to identify criteria that create optimum home and community environments;
·         Adults are able to develop their individual skills and interests and to become community leaders. 
Both Learning ROCKS! and Parent Connection are supported by GLC’s Learning Links AmeriCorps team:  AmeriCorps Members seek to provide service across the three aspects of a child’s life: in school, after school, and in the community. This is done through partnerships with four local elementary schools in Arlington County, providing support during Learning ROCKS!, and providing topic-based workshops for adults at three sites.

Sign up to help!

Greenbrier Learning Center is proud to announce that they will be partnering with Acumen Solutions for their 3rd Annual Race for a Cause™ 8K and 1 Mile Fun Run race on Sunday, October 16, 2011 in Arlington, VA. There are 3 ways that you can help GLC win:

  • Register! Visit www.theraceforacause.com to register for the 8K or 1 Mile Fun Run. Be sure to choose GLC as the nonprofit you wish to support!
  • Sponsor! Not able to make it to the race? You can still help GLC win by sponsoring a student, parent, or AmeriCorps Member to participate in the race. Visit www.raceforgreenbrier.eventbrite.com and choose who you wish to sponsor. It’s that simple!
  • Spread the word! Tell family members, friends, and co-workers about this amazing opportunity to support a local nonprofit!

For more information about Greenbrier Learning Center and the Race for a Cause, visit www.greenbrierlearning.org or email Jilian Kuntz, Volunteer and Outreach AmeriCorps Member, at jilian@greenbrierlearning.org.

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