Meet Rickey Taylor, Class of 2021

If you ask Rickey Taylor’s friends and family to describe him, you might hear words like: playful, loves to laugh, upbeat, always smiling, hard-working, caring, funny, and responsible. Rickey describes himself similarly: “I’m extremely playful and fun-loving,” he says. But he is also a high-achiever. Rickey is going into the Air Force Reserves and will… Read more »

Where Are They Now? An Update from the Class of 2009

As we continue our alumni series, “Where Are They Now,” travel in time with us as we follow our graduates on their journeys and discover how An Achievable Dream made a positive impact on their lives. Also featured in this series are each graduating class’s sponsor to share their inspiration for supporting their class and… Read more »

Where Are They Now? An Update from the Class of 2008

As we continue our alumni series, “Where Are They Now,” travel in time with us as we follow our graduates on their journeys and discover how An Achievable Dream made a positive impact on their lives. Also featured in this series are each graduating class’s sponsor to share their inspiration for supporting their class and… Read more »

Achievements | Summer 2021

The Summer 2021 edition of Achievements is here! Read all about the latest at An Achievable Dream, including our celebration of the Class of 2021, stories of our community leaders, and our excitement about the upcoming school year!

Where Are They Now? An Update from the Class of 2007

As we continue our alumni series, “Where Are They Now,” travel in time with us as we follow our graduates on their journeys and discover how An Achievable Dream made a positive impact on their lives. Also featured in this series are each graduating class’s sponsor to share their inspiration for supporting their class and… Read more »

Where Are They Now? An Update from the Class of 2006

As we continue our alumni series, “Where Are They Now,” travel in time with us as we follow our graduates on their journeys and discover how An Achievable Dream made a positive impact on their lives. Also featured in this series are each graduating class’s sponsor to share their inspiration for supporting their class and… Read more »

Where Are They Now? An Update from the Class of 2005

As we continue our alumni series, “Where Are They Now,” travel in time with us as we follow our graduates on their journeys and discover how An Achievable Dream made a positive impact on their lives. Also featured in this series are each graduating class’s sponsor to share their inspiration for supporting their class and… Read more »

Where Are They Now? An Update from the Class of 2004

As we continue our alumni series, “Where Are They Now,” travel in time with us as we follow our graduates on their journeys and discover how An Achievable Dream made a positive impact on their lives. Also featured in this series are each graduating class’s sponsor to share their inspiration for supporting their class and… Read more »

Where Are They Now? An Update from the Class of 2003

As we continue our alumni series, “Where Are They Now,” travel in time with us as we follow our graduates on their journeys and discover how An Achievable Dream made a positive impact on their lives. Also featured in this series are each graduating class’s sponsor to share their inspiration for supporting their class and… Read more »

Where Are They Now? An Update from the Class of 2002

As we continue our alumni series, “Where Are They Now,” travel in time with us as we follow our graduates on their journeys and discover how An Achievable Dream made a positive impact on their lives. Also featured in this series are each graduating class’s sponsor to share their inspiration for supporting their class and… Read more »

Announcing Alumni Series Kick-Off: Where Are They Now?

Travel in time with us as we follow our alumni on their journeys after graduation and discover how An Achievable Dream made a positive impact on their lives. In this series, we will feature our alumni beginning with the very first graduating class of 2001 to highlight how they have manifested their Dreams. Also featured… Read more »

PRA Group Donates $300,000 to An Achievable Dream to Support Equity in Education

Press release originally published by PRA Group NORFOLK, Va., June 14, 2021 — PRA Group (Nasdaq: PRAA), a global leader in acquiring and collecting nonperforming loans, today announced a $300,000 donation to support An Achievable Dream’s efforts to bringing equity to education. An Achievable Dream (AAD) is a nationally recognized K–12 program dedicated to the… Read more »

A Night to Dream – A Virtual Speakeasy Event!

A Virtual Speakeasy Event is coming to your screen on March 5th, 2021! Gather with friends or party from your couch, but either way it’s going to be “the bee’s knees!” Get ready to party like it’s 1921!

An Achievable Dream in 2021

As we move into a new year, I know we are all ready to look ahead to what 2021 holds, both personally and professionally. As January began, we were eager to turn the page, and grateful for a fresh start. Although challenging in many ways, 2020 brought us together as a community and as a… Read more »

This Year, Community Education Partnerships More Vital Than Ever

By Lee Vreeland, Ed.D., President & CEO, An Achievable Dream & Keira Lombardo, Chief Administration Officer, Smithfield Foods. 2020 was an incredibly challenging year, particularly so for students. Their educations have been beset by delays and uncertainty as the COVID-19 pandemic forced school systems into uncharted territories – all to keep students, educators, and the… Read more »

News Release – An Achievable Dream Announces New Board Members

Newport News, VA – An Achievable Dream (AAD) is pleased to announce the appointment of three new board members, Keira Lombardo of Smithfield Foods, Inc., William T. Morrison of TowneBank, and Doug Lutz of Capital Group. “Our Boards of Directors are comprised of dedicated community leaders who are committed to the mission and vision of… Read more »

Meet Jada Lewis

AAD Class of 2018 alum and 2020 Tennis Ball Keynote Speaker Jada Lewis sat down with us and told us a little bit more about her days at An Achievable Dream and what she’s been up to since graduating. Q. What were some of yourmost memorable experiences atAn Achievable Dream?A. My journey at An Achievable… Read more »

Honoring Alan Diamonstein

In honor of the late Alan Diamonstein, a true champion of An Achievable Dream who passed away last October, An Achievable Dream received more than $11,000 in donations in his memory. With these memorial donations, An Achievable Dream has created the Alan A. Diamonstein MemorialFund and the Alan A. Diamonstein Scholarship. Two annual scholarships, each… Read more »

Meet Keziah Scott, Class of 2020

If you ask Keziah Scott’s friends and family to describe her, you’ll likely hear some of thefollowing words: Funny. Self-confident. Encouraging. Joyful. Helpful. Social. “I’m always looking to cheer and build other people up. And oh — I’m a morning person. If it’s 7:30 in the morning, I am the brightest thing in the room!”… Read more »

Profiles in Leadership: Dr. George Parker

Q: What have been the biggest challenges for you during this time?A: Maintaining safety has always been at the forefront of our thinking and planning. If someone contracted COVID-19 because of something that we initiated, I would feel terrible. As the pandemic began, we were dealing with a disease that, at the time, we did… Read more »