PACC Summer Open Tennis Tournament

Friday, July 14th—Sunday, July 16th JOIN US to Watch National Elite Doubles Teams Face Off for $10,000 in Total Prize Money. FRIDAY Let the matches begin! 1st round play begins at 4 p.m. SATURDAY Watch round two and quarter-final play! Celebrate as the sun goes down! Join us for the Luau on the Lawn Partyat… Read more »

PACC Summer Open Tennis Tournament

Friday, July 12th—Sunday, July 14th, 2024 Enjoy live music, an open bar, and indulge in delicious food and tropical cocktails. Plus, don’t miss out on our premier online auction featuring an exclusive car, dining and entertainment experiences, amazing trips, and more! This lively beach party is the event of the summer you won’t want to… Read more »

News Release – An Achievable Dream Middle and High School at Lynnhaven celebrates new high school addition

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) and An Achievable Dream (AAD) have expanded their partnership with the opening of a new addition at Lynnhaven Middle School. The 25,000-square-foot addition is the home to the Lynnhaven AAD High School Program. The program currently services ninth through 11th graders and will expand to 12th grade next year…. Read more »

Remembering Walter Segaloff

Ten years ago, we lost our relentless leader, Walter Segaloff. Walter not only founded An Achievable Dream, but he also started a movement of change in Newport News. He saw a need to improve his community’s lives, and over 31 years later, his vision still lives. Those who have shared his dream since 1992 can… Read more »

Teachers are role models and guides for the future

“Once I understood the goal, mission and impact of An Achievable Dream, I knew it would be a dream!” — Crystal Tyler, Achievable Dream Middle and High at Lynnhaven, Virginia Beach Teachers provide students with the blueprint for their futures at An Achievable Dream. Teachers foster academic and social development in students and prepare them… Read more »

Smithfield Foods Showcases An Achievable Dream Alumna in ‘Good Is What We Do’ Campaign

Smithfield Foods has pledged millions of dollars in funding to organizations improving access to education to help break down structural inequalities in our communities. Their philanthropic initiatives provide educational opportunities to employees, their families, and the community. We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with Smithfield Foods. Their support over the years has made an… Read more »

Dr. Lee Vreeland – Inside Business Power List 2023

An Achievable Dream would like to congratulate our president and CEO, Dr. Lee Vreeland on being featured in the 2023 Inside Business Power List. Inside Business creates its annual Power List to recognize the leaders who have the most influence in shaping Hampton Roads, whether they are the decision-makers or those working behind the scenes. … Read more »

News Release – Charlie Barker Family’s generosity creates new Presidential Scholarship Endowment for underserved students

CLEMSON, S.C. — Charles and Susan Barker of Virginia Beach, Virginia, are deeply committed to improving the lives of those in their community and believe that education holds the power to transform lives and make dreams become realities. When their daughter Alexis “Lexie” became a Clemson Tiger, they, too, joined the Clemson Family and looked… Read more »

Our Dreamers’ Voices Have Power

An Achievable Dream puts a twist on traditional parent-teacher conferences. Teachers allow our Dreamers to take responsibility and ownership of their learning during student-led conferences. The conferences involve Dreamers in the goal-setting and assessment process and engage families in richer, more transparent conversations about their progress. At the beginning of the school year, students received… Read more »

Celebrating A Decade of Dreams at A Night to Dream

An Achievable Dream celebrated the Fourth Annual A Night to Dream on Friday, February 24, 2023, at The Historic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach. Guests enjoyed a cocktail and heavy hors d’oeuvres reception, an open bar, live music, an online auction, and a special program. Thank you to our partners, sponsors, and supporters who joined… Read more »

An Achievable Dream’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

An Achievable Dream held the 30th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at Christopher Newport University’s David Student Union. Nearly 500 guests enjoyed a cocktail-style reception, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a program video celebrating 30 years of dreams. We recognized the Class of 2023 and their Class Sponsor, the Downey Family and… Read more »

Achievements | Winter 2023

The Winter 2023 edition of Achievements is here! Read all about the latest at An Achievable Dream, including our holiday recap, leadership highlights, and alumni recognition!

News Release – An Achievable Dream Announces Sponsors of Class of 2023 at 30th Anniversary Celebration

Newport News, VA – An Achievable Dream (AAD) announced, Riverside Health System and William B. “Bill” Downey, retiring CEO, and his family as the sponsor of the Class of 2023 during AAD’s 30th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at Christopher Newport University. Guests gathered to celebrate 30 years of dreams and nearly 1,000… Read more »

Achievements | Summer-Fall 2022

The Summer-Fall 2022 edition of Achievements is here! Read all about the latest at An Achievable Dream, including our 30th anniversary, a recap of our summer events, and stories of our alumni and community leaders!

News Release – An Achievable Dream Announces New Board Members

An Achievable Dream (AAD) is pleased to announce the appointment of the organization’s two newest board members, Bill Brundage of Ferguson Enterprises and Ryan A. Hanson of Williams Mullen. “As our organization continues to expand, we are pleased to welcome Bill and Ryan to our boards of directors,” said Dr. Lee Vreeland, AAD president and… Read more »

Students Gain Hands-On Experience During Job Shadow Day

On May 25, 2022, we hosted the third annual Job Shadow Day. We partnered with nine local companies to provide a one-day shadowing experience for our junior class at An Achievable Dream Middle & High School. This year, it was held in-person, and our students were eager to gain hands-on experience with professionals working in… Read more »

Spotlight on Our Tennis Ball Sponsors

In April, An Achievable Dream hosted a cocktail reception to celebrate our Tennis Ball sponsors and donors. AAD recognized our dedicated event sponsors who stepped up to close the funding gap to continue to provide support, opportunities, and resources to our students! We premiered a special video to honor the Class of 2022 and announce… Read more »

Achievements | Spring 2022

The Spring 2022 edition of Achievements is here! Read all about the latest at An Achievable Dream, including our student leaders, stories of our alumni, and our community partners!

Soaring to New Heights in Henrico County!

We are excited to share an update on our Certified Academies program in Henrico County! Our program is expanding and our students are Dreaming, Achieving, and Growing together!

Where Are They Now? An Update from the Class of 2020

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 »

Where Are They Now? An Update from the Class of 2019

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 »

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 »