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We are SO excited to prepare for our 5th year of service in Atlanta! 

This fall, WINGS Atlanta will grow to five school partners and will serve more than 600 students every day! We welcome Atlanta Public Schools' Hutchinson Elementary to the WINGS family. Hutchinson joins our current Fulton County Schools locations, which include Bethune, Nolan, Lewis and Heritage Elementary Schools.

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Ending the Year on a High Note!

Friday, May 13, 2016 marked the last day of four years of WINGS programming here in Atlanta! As is our tradition, each of our four school programs celebrated the end of the year with a student graduation and performance.

Proud parents packed the cafeteria at Love T. Nolan Elementary School in College Park for the WINGS Graduation Ceremony on May 12, 2016 to celebrate the end of the programming year and the accomplishments of WINGS kids. 

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Spreading Our WINGS in Boston!

On March 20, 2016, WINGS joined 4,000 colleagues from nonprofit organizations around the globe at the 2016 Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International Conference in Boston, MA. Kofi Annan, founding chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation and former Secretary-General of the United Nations, was one of the keynote speakers and a highlight of the conference. Chairman Annan inspired conference attendees to continue working towards positive change in the communities we serve. 

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Family Engagement at SL Lewis Elementary

On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, the program team at SL Lewis Elementary School held the first of its spring 2016 family engagement events. Entitled Dance into Spring with WINGS, the afternoon included a simulation of a day in the life at WINGS. Parents were welcomed with colorful decorations and a buffet dinner!

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WINGS Atlanta is Leading for Impact!

It's a Happy New Year, indeed!

On January 12 and 13, 2016, members of WINGS Atlanta's leadership team attended the first classes of a two-year leadership development program called LEADING FOR IMPACT, presented by Bridgespan. 

Leading for Impact® helps ambitious nonprofits pursue strategic opportunities and build capacity to improve their performance over time. The program has two core components:

- Customized, team-led projects: With coaching support, the executive team of each participating nonprofit completes two customized projects addressing strategic questions facing their organization

- Executive team development: Each executive team also receives training in strategic management concepts and tools through a series of day-long workshops. Participating organizations receive support for two years, including coaching to executive teams as they apply new management tools and approaches within their organization.

During the program, Bridgespan works closely with each Executive Director and their team to understand the organization’s priorities and opportunities to achieve greater results. With Bridgespan support, teams complete two projects designed to address those priorities. Each project lasts approximately six months and may focus on questions of strategy, organization, funding, or leadership development—depending on the nonprofit’s particular situation.

Executive teams are composed of individual experts with diverse experiences and skills. While this diversity makes a team strong, successful executive teams share common, strategic goals and approaches to organizational leadership. During the first six months of the program, Leading for Impact builds this shared foundation through a monthly series of classroom-based workshops exploring the core elements of effective strategy and organization management. The sessions are designed to be highly interactive, emphasizing the application of concepts and tools to each team’s opportunities.

Other nonprofits in this year's cohort include CHRIS Kids, Communities in Schools of Atlanta, Future Foundation, Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, The Kindezi Schools, and Sheltering Arms Early Education & Family Centers. We are thrilled to be in such great company!

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Family Fun Skate Night!

On Thursday, December 17, join us for some old fashioned family fun at Skate Towne!

5570 Old National Hwy, College Park, GA 30349 from 5:30 to 7:30pm

Just $10 gets you admission, skate rental, popcorn, a drink, and cake! 

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A big WINGS Thank You to Kars4Kids

WINGS is fortunate to have many supporters - governmental agencies, private foundations, corporations, and individuals. Last week, WINGS Atlanta received a grant award from Kars4Kids. They also interviewed WINGS Atlanta's Development Associate Barbra Buoy, who shared a wealth of wisdom.

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Per the Kars4Kids website, "We invest in children because they are our future. That may sound cliché but it’s undeniably true. Our mission is to give children the opportunities and support they need to develop into productive members of their communities. Mentorship is the heart of all of our programs. We surround our youth with a solid network of always-available mentors who become involved in all the major aspects of the children’s lives. Because family and community have such a significant impact on a child’s life and growth, we take a big-picture, inclusive approach to achieve our goal. Our programs include educational services, youth mentorship and development, community and family outreach and cultural events. With summer camps and extracurricular programs, holiday retreats and educational resources, we are there for our children throughout the year."

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National Spotlight on Afterschool Programs

On Thursday, October 22, 2015, WINGS for kids is celebrating LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL! Spearheaded by the Afterschool Alliance, this 16th national observance shines a spotlight on the best and brightest of programs operating in the afterschool hours. Of course, we know that WINGS is one of the best!

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.

The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things—such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do and poetry—and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.

Help us celebrate, like our WINGS Atlanta team, by posting why you think afterschool programming matters and using the hashtag #LightsOnWINGS.

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The Mentor Walk

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, more than 50 WINGS kids in 4th and 5th grades attended the 2015 Mentor Walk at Atlanta Technical College.  The Mentor Walk provides a forum for stimulating conversations, networking for educators, principals, counselors, student clubs, mentoring groups, children’s centers, health organizations and social entrepreneurs. It encourages student graduation and college attendance.

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Kudos to WINGS Atlanta's Executive Director

Since 1928, The Belk Foundation has enriched communities throughout the South through generous financial support of various charitable, religious, educational and other nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has generously supported WINGS for kids' Atlanta programs since 2012.

Denise.jpgPeriodically, leaders of some of their grantee organizations are showcased on their website; this month, we're proud that our Executive Director, Denise Blake, gets the spotlight. 

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