Field Experience

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Beverly Gatlin
Professor Neisha Williams
EDUC 2120
1 December 2012
Service Learning Field Experience
My field observation took place at Acworth Achievers which is a mentoring and after school program through Acworth Parks and Recreation located in Acworth, Georgia. This program was familiar to me before I began my observation for this class but I became much more familiar with the program after my observation. This was a fantastic experience and I have all intentions of continuing to volunteer as time permits. The Acworth Achievers Mentoring and After School Program was established in 2009 by the City of Acworth Recreation Coordinator, James ‘Frank’ White. The purpose of the program is to “provide middle and high school students with educational assistance, consistent recreational activities, adult guidance and encouragement through mentorship to develop positive and more advantageous habits” (Acworthachievers.com). The Acworth Achievers Mentoring and After School program is located at the Roberts School off of School Street in Acworth, Georgia. The program targets low-income minority and ‘at risk’ students. The majority of the students who attend the program are African American and live in close proximity to the Roberts School so that they may walk to and from the facility if necessary. Of the 35 students that regularly attend the program, there are 31 African American students, one white student, one Latino student, and two students of mixed race. Of the 35 students that regularly attend the program, 19 of the students are male and 16 of the students are female. The majority of the students that attend are in middle school. The high school students that attend do so on a regular basis and there are several graduates that come back to visit frequently. I might also note that a large portion of the students that attend are related in one way or another. The facility is housed within the Roberts School which is a landmark in the black community of...
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