Irving ISD Partners with Amadi Guess Foundation for After-School Programs
At the August 18 meeting of the Irving ISD Board of Trustees, the board unanimously approved a partnership with the Amadi Guess Foundation to provide an after-school program that will give students access to free meals and enrichment opportunities. For the 2014-2015 school year, the program will be offered in Irving ISD at four elementary schools, all eight middle schools and Nimitz High School.
“We are so appreciative to the Amadi Guess Foundation for reaching out to the school district and for their willingness to provide this incredible opportunity for our students,” says Jose L. Parra, Ed.D., superintendent of schools. “Their focus is consistent with our focus and the program is going to provide one more resource to keep kids safe and engaged in the hours after school that are so important to a student’s development.”
Dr. Parra explains that the partnership will bring a number of programs to Irving schools. Working alongside an Irving ISD campus liaison, the Amadi Guess Foundation staff members and volunteers will offer programs like mentoring, tutoring, life skills, homework help, conflict resolution, career and college readiness, character building and much more. A healthy snack and dinner also will be provided at no cost to families.
“I want to extend a special thanks to Mr. Delmont Johnson who initiated the Foundation’s outreach to the district,” says Parra. “We understand how beneficial after-school programs can be to families with working parents who aren’t able to get home until the evening.”
Dr. Parra adds, “Our partnership with the Amadi Guess Foundation will allow us to have a positive impact on after-school programming at even more campuses than in years past. As a result, we’ll be able to serve more students,” he says.
For Iesha Goree, executive director of the Amadi Guess Foundation, she says the program will provide support not only to the students of Irving ISD but for the parents and educators in the district.
“We are very excited to be sharing this journey with the district and look forward to serving the children and parents of Irving,” Goree says. “I want to plant seeds in the children. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. Our time is now!”
The after-school program, slated to start on September 15, will be offered at no cost to all parents and students at designated schools. Parents can register their children at their local school. For additional information about the Amadi Guess after-school program, please visit www.irvingisd.net or www.amadiguessfoundation.org.
The Irving ISD/Amadi Guess after-school program is in addition to the district’s agreement with the YMCA for on-site after-school offerings at nine Irving ISD schools. Click here to learn more about the YMCA partnership or visit www.ymcadallas.org to register for that program.
About the Amadi Guess Foundation
The Amadi Guess Foundation, founded in 2009 by Iesha Goree, has provided mentoring, tutoring and nutritious meals to over three million children in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Their mission is to establish a stable and stronger community of young diverse leaders through a curriculum designed to support the achievement of academic excellence and social responsibility. They envision a generation of motivating and inspiring youth striving to become productive leaders in the community.