Alumni Spotlight: Shukita Massey, Class of 2001

Shukita Massey is a Class of 2001 graduate of An Achievable Dream. After graduating from AAD, Shukita attended Mary Baldwin College and the College of William and Mary School of Law. Since graduating from law school, she has dedicated her career to public service in the Hampton Roads area, as a law clerk with the… Read more »

Profiles in Leadership: A Conversation with Dr. Lee Vreeland and Dr. Willard Maxwell, Jr., Senior Pastor, New Beech Grove Baptist Church, Newport News

Dr. Vreeland: Can you share about your first experience with An Achievable Dream? What were your impressions or takeaways from that experience? Dr. Maxwell: During my first encounter with An Achievable Dream, I was preparing for my annual InTouch Basketball event to unite the police and the community. I met you and asked if New… Read more »

Bringing Dreams to Life!

A Family Legacy, A Growing Dream As we expand An Achievable Dream’s program in Virginia Beach with the construction of An Achievable Dream Middle & High School at Lynnhaven, many members of the community are stepping up to support this new growth, and the students AAD will continue to serve by sponsoring a classroom or… Read more »

Dr. Vreeland’s 25th Anniversary with An Achievable Dream

In January, we celebrated our fearless leader, Dr. Lee Vreeland’s 25th anniversary with An Achievable Dream! We are so grateful for her leadership, wisdom, humor, and grace. After holding nearly every leadership role within the organization, and starting her education career in our schools, she brings a unique perspective to the role of President/CEO of… Read more »

Where Are They Now? An Update from the Class of 2018

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 positively impacted their lives. Also featured in this series are each graduating class’s sponsor to share their inspiration for supporting their class and a reflection from… Read more »

Our Dreamers Achieved New Levels in Technology!

During the first semester of the 2021-2022 school year, high school students Drew, Steviey, and Dajah from An Achievable Dream Middle and High School in Newport News, competed in the 2021 Congressional App Challenge, with the assistance of Kyle Thompson from NASA. The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging high school students… Read more »

Achievements | Winter 2022

The Winter 2022 edition of Achievements is here! Read all about the latest at An Achievable Dream, including our program expansion in Virginia Beach, and stories of our alumni and community leaders!

Where Are They Now? An Update from the Class of 2017

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 positively impacted their lives. Also featured in this series are each graduating class’s sponsor to share their inspiration for supporting their class and a reflection from… Read more »

Inspiring Hope: Black History Month 2022

In honor of Black History Month, An Achievable Dream launched the #InspiringHope series to recognize our alumni, historical Black pioneers in education, and other public figures who continue to shape history through their societal contributions. In this series, we are highlighting: Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Shukita Massey, Portia Cameron, Calvin Malone,… Read more »

Where Are They Now? An Update from the Class of 2016

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 »

Honoring the Legacy of An Achievable Dream Board Member Charles Spencer

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Charles (Charlie) Spencer, a pillar in the Newport News community. Charlie was one of AAD’s most staunch supporters for nearly 30 years, almost since the program began. He first joined the College and Career Scholarships, Inc. board at its inception in 2008. This board later… Read more »

Where Are They Now? An Update from the Class of 2015

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 »

Supporting Our Alumni During Small Business Saturday

Do you want to support small businesses while shopping for your holiday gifts? We are highlighting some of our alumni who are small business owners. The 2021 Small Business Saturday Guide Latoya Gresham is a Class of 2004 graduate, and owner of Lillie’s Lotus. She specializes in creating authentic gemstone bracelets to facilitate physical and… Read more »

Where Are They Now? An Update from the Class of 2014

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 | Fall 2021

The Fall 2021 edition of Achievements is here! Read all about the latest at An Achievable Dream, including our back-to-school celebrations, stories of our community leaders, and our alumni features!

Where Are They Now? An Update from the Class of 2013

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 2012?

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 »

Profiles in Leadership: Adelia Thompson, Chief of Staff and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Newport University

We would like to congratulate CNU President Paul Trible on his recently announced retirement. Mr. Trible’s contributions to the university and to this community are unparalleled. His dedicated servant leadership sets an example we can all emulate. Mr. Trible has led a team to establish and lead one of the finest universities in Virginia, and… Read more »

Where Are They Now? An Update from the Class of 2011

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 is a reflection from AAD president and CEO, Dr. Lee Vreeland, on each alumni…. Read more »

Where Are They Now? An Update from the Class of 2010

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 »

Motivated, Educated, Vaccinated!

When COVID-19 vaccines were approved for public distribution, the coordination of making the vaccine available throughout the region quickly became a community effort. When An Achievable Dream received a request to support Riverside Health System’s vaccine distribution by utilizing our elementary school and middle and high school in the southeast community as vaccine clinic locations,… Read more »