ABC’s Annual Celebration

It’s an ABC tradition to end the school year with a celebratory gathering which always includes a few returning alumnae, a summary of the school year, a few words from graduating seniors and from juniors about to set off for summer enrichment study and travel; and, of course, lots of wonderful food, much of it provided by the ABC board.

Highlights from this year’s celebration include hearing from three ABC alums—Lori Pleasure, Karitza Melendez and Jada Allison—who talked about their four years at Guilford ABC; a summary of our scholars’ many school activities and academic achievements; and several special awards: a cash award in memory of Barbara Pine to our two juniors to help with their summer enrichment activities; and two separate awards to our graduating senior: First the Robert Blake Memorial Award designed to help defray the cost of college textbooks; and a new Guilford ABC College Scholarship award, administered by the Guilford Foundation, which will provide a small four-year tuition contribution.

President Charlene Blake ended the evening by praising our scholars and emphasizing the importance of the ABC board and the many volunteers who make this program possible.

Guilford ABC day the Magical Charity Carousel: Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale in Madison: July 19th

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Once again, Guilford ABC has been invited to participate in the Magical Charity Carousel. Our special day will be Friday, July 19th, when the carousel is open from noon till 9pm, and all proceeds will be donated to our organization. It’s a great time to eat at Lenny & Joe’s and to bring some small fry to ride the carousel. We look forward to seeing you there!

LOOKING FOR A WAY TO BECOME MORE INVOLVED IN THE GUILFORD COMMUNITY?

Guilford A Better Chance (Guilford ABC) is looking for two host families starting in the fall of 2019. Host families welcome an ABC scholar into their home for one weekend a month during the school year (September - June). ABC Scholars are academically talented young women from under resourced school districts who live and attend school at Guilford High School during the school year.  

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a host family please email Lisa Rogers at tembo2@gmail.com.

 

Students’ Summer Activities

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In today’s competitive college preparatory environment, summertime has become an opportunity for students to learn new skills, follow passions and expand horizons. Guilford ABC encourages these formative and often life-changing experiences, and supports our scholars’ summer activities with modest stipends. The scholars themselves are responsible for researching, locating and completing program applications and organizing fund-raising efforts among family, friends and their local communities. Here’s how and where our scholars will spend their summer:

Freshmen Arianna Alvarez and Leslie Camarena will spend their summers pursuing their interests in science and medicine this summer. Leslie will attend the MEDScience Summer School at Harvard Medical School. This week-long STEM program focuses on medical science and supports Leslie’s goal of becoming a surgeon. Arianna awaits late-spring decisions from three STEM programs based at New York University and City University of New York. These focus on math, meteorology and aerospace and align with Arianna’s goal of a career in physics.

Sophomore Lauren Cyrus is interested in a career in law. She will be attending the 10-day Envision Law & Trial Program at Stanford University. This program provides an academic and career introduction to the field of law and features participation in a mock trial.

Juniors Julia Antwi-Boasiako and T-Jauni Barham plan to hone their language skills and expand their cultural horizons, while earning credit, through programs offered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Julia will spend four weeks in Paris, France on a full scholarship, while T-Jauni will travel to Valparaiso, Chile. Both will take classes and live with a local host family while absorbing the surrounding culture and history.

Meanwhile, our graduating senior, Sumaiyah Lee, will be heading to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles this fall to major in computer science.

During her senior year at Guilford High School, Sumaiyah was co-captain of the dance team and co-president of the Unity Club. She spent last summer in China, courtesy of the Experiment in International Living, and was able to travel to many cities, immersing herself in the Chinese culture, landmarks and food; while there she was able to live with two different host families, which was her favorite part of the summer. This summer she is hoping to find a job near her home in Cambria Heights, NY to help with college expenses. t

Thank you for your support!

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Thanks to the generous donations of 45 donors, we raised $5,105 for Guilford ABC during last week’s GREAT GIVE!

Plus, we had the second highest number of donations from Guilford residents, earning us a $500 prize from the Guilford Foundation.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated and for your continued support of our efforts!

 

 

The Great Give 2019! Donate Now!

The Great Give Is On!

The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven’s (CFGNH) annual fundraising event is a great way to show your support for Guilford ABC!

CFGNH and several corporate sponsors have leveraged a pot of over $200,000 in prize money that will be awarded for highest numbers of unique donors and total dollars raised. Here are a few we could win:

  • The Guilford Foundation will award two $500 prizes to Guilford nonprofits who have the highest number of Guilford resident donors, so let’s go for it!

  • We are also eligible for a $3,000 prize for the most money raised by an organization with only part-time staff

  • Set your alarms—there will be five Early Bird prizes of $1,000 each for organizations with the greatest number of unique donors between 8:00 and 9:00 AM tomorrow!

Set Your Alarms and Alerts—The Great Give Starts Tomorrow Morning!

The Great Give Starts Tomorrow
Wednesday, May 1 at 8:00AM!

The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven’s (CFGNH) annual fundraising event is a great way to show your support for Guilford ABC and boost public awareness of our small—but mighty—organization. CFGNH and several corporate sponsors have leveraged a pot of over $200,000 in prize money that will be awarded for highest numbers of unique donors and total dollars raised. Here are a few we could win:

  • The Guilford Foundation will award two $500 prizes to Guilford nonprofits who have the highest number of Guilford resident donors, so let’s go for it!

  • We are also eligible for a $3,000 prize for the most money raised by an organization with only part-time staff

  • Set your alarms—there will be five Early Bird prizes of $1,000 each for organizations with the greatest number of unique donors between 8:00 and 9:00 AM tomorrow!

Let's Go For It! Help Us Win Great Give Prizes!

The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven’s (CFGNH) annual fundraising event is a great way to show your support for Guilford ABC and boost public awareness of our small—but mighty—organization. CFGNH and several corporate sponsors have anted a pot of over $200,000 in prize money that will be awarded for highest numbers of unique donors and total dollars raised.

The Guilford Foundation will award two $500 prizes to Guilford nonprofits who have the highest number of Guilford resident donors, so let’s go for it! We are also eligible for a $3,000 prize for the most dollars raised by nonprofit with only part-time staff, as well as fun hourly prizes during the event.

Early giving is now open www.THEGREATGIVE.org. Early gifts count toward Prizes and Grand Prizes for numbers of donors and dollars raised, but not hourly prizes during the event.

The 36 hour event runs May 1 at 8AM through May 2 at 7:59PM. Click Here to go directly to the Guilford ABC giving page or Click Here to reach the home page where you can search for multiple participating organizations.

Guilford ABC is an exceptional volunteer-driven organization that has been a vital part of our community for 45 years. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to help us keep this program moving forward, lessening the educational divide for promising young scholars of color.

Thank you in advance for your support—and please share this message with your friends and family!

 

The Great Give - Early Giving Now Open!

The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven’s (CFGNH) annual fundraising event is a great way to show your support for Guilford ABC and boost public awareness of our small—but mighty—organization. CFGNH and several corporate sponsors have anted a pot of over $65,000 in prize money that will be awarded for highest numbers of unique donors and total dollars raised. The Guilford Foundation will award two $500 prizes to Guilford nonprofits who have the highest number of Guilford resident donors, so let’s go for it! We are also eligible for a $3,000 prize for the most dollars raised by nonprofit with only part-time staff, as well as fun hourly prizes during the event.

Early giving begins today at www.THEGREATGIVE.org. Early gifts count toward Prizes and Grand Prizes for numbers of donors and dollars raised, but not hourly prizes during the event.

The 36 hour event runs May 1 at 8AM through May 2 at 7:59PM. Click Here to go directly to the Guilford ABC giving page or Click Here to reach the home page where you can search for multiple participating organizations.

Guilford ABC is an exceptional volunteer-driven organization that has been a vital part of our community for 45 years. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to help us keep this program moving forward, lessening the educational divide for promising young scholars of color.

Thank you in advance for your support—and please share this message with your friends and family!

 

What I did last summer…

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Lauren Cyrus

“This summer was an amazing way to relieve myself from my extremely busy first year at Guilford High School. The first three weeks I was getting readjusted to being in Brooklyn again. I met with the owner of the Performing Arts company “Creative Outlet.” We conversed and planned out ways to get them to come up and educate the people of small towns with low diversity on Black culture. They teach their lessons through the arts.

The last week of July I travelled to Labadee, Haiti; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; The Cayman Islands; and Nassau. I learned so much about Haitian people especially, from how they live to what they eat, and how they provide for their family. Most people in these islands rely on their income from when tourists come to shop and take tours. I learned that the people who drive cabs spend most of their income on gas so they bring homeless than $20 a day. I also met many genuinely pleasant people from all over the United States on this trip.

The last weekend of summer I went to Spike Lee’s block party in honor of Michael Jackson. Backstage I was able to meet and speak to

Al Sharpton, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington’s son, and many more. It was a great way to end my summer and go into a long year of hard work.”

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Sumaiyah Lee

“This summer I got the chance to go to China with the Experiment in International Living program. I traveled around Beijing, Inner Mongolia, Chengde, Shanghai and other smaller cities. Getting to taste their food and immerse myself in their culture was a dream come true! While in Beijing and Shanghai, we spent time visiting famous temples and other Chinese landmarks. In other cities, I had the chance to stay with two different host families, and experience their everyday lives, which was my favorite part of the trip.

This year, I’m looking forward to continuing Dance Team, as co-captain, and Unity Club as co-president. Going into my senior year, I’m excited for the heavily anticipated college process, and cannot wait to see where it takes me. ”

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T-Jauni Barham

“Hi my name is T-Jauni Barham and I’m currently a junior at Guilford ABC. This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the Pace University Summer Scholars Program in the field of psychology. I took part in 6-hour classes daily, learning about the history of significant psychologists and different mental disorders. Then after class, I had the privilege of touring New York City and all its wonders, such as Chelsea Piers and the Brooklyn Bridge. Overall, this summer was an experience I could never forget. It gave me a true insight into psychology and provided me with new friends and connections all over the country.”

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Julia Antwi

“My name is Julia Antwi and I am a junior at Guilford High School. During this past summer I attended a program called “Girls Who Code” in Manhattan, New York. The program lasted for 7 weeks, Monday-Friday, 9 AM-4 PM. Thanks to the long hours in class, I was able to learn new program languages (Scratch, CSS, Java, Python, HTML, Arduino C and Java Script) and interact with different people. During the program we learned a new program language each week and were assigned to groups to work on projects that used the programming language. At the end of the week we shared our projects with the class. This allowed us to socialize with different students, learn new ideas and compromise in order to work as a team. The program also allowed us to visit companies, talk to computer scientists and go on trips. I was able to make many friends and understand more about the different aspects of coding. I would totally recommend this program to everyone because it is very informational—and the food was great! As a result of my summer experience, I decided to take AP Computer Science at Guilford High School. ”

The Guilford ABC Board has created guidelines to assist scholars with identifying and funding summer educational and cultural opportunities. While any and all of these programs are excellent resume builders and enhance college applications, they are optional.