This past weekend, Achieve WE visited Beacon Place in Waukegan, IL. Beacon Place is a fantastic community center in an underserved neighborhood of Northern Illinois that empowers families and kids and helps them with nutrition and education. At Beacon Place, Achieve WE talked to kids about their communities and their family identity. We then asked them to draw pictures of what makes them and their family special. Check it out at Visual Arts and read more about Beacon Place at beacon-place.org!
Achieve WE partnered with SOS Children's villages Illinois, a foster care organization, to donate uplifting winter-themed poetry and art to brighten the days of the children that the organization works with. The poetry and art were submitted by youth all around the Midwest. Thank you to all who helped make this a success, and we hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!
Message from SOS Illinois:
Thank you to global change leader Harry P. for contributing to Achieve WE. Harry is a British-Zimbabwean who has advocated for youth rights since the age of 15. You can learn more about Harry on the Life Experiences page.
This Old Book in Grayslake, IL partnered with Achieve WE in announcing the winners of the 2018 AuthorFest Youth Creating Writing Contest. The winners and their short stories are posted on both the Contest Winners page and the Creative Writing page. Congratulations to the winners!
Thank you to the Chicago Tribune for mentioning AchieveWE.org in their article about AuthorFest! Read it here.
Recently, many youth from different parts of Greece told Achieve WE about their daily lives. Keep your eye out on the Life Experiences page to read their schools, cities, aspirations, and hobbies!
Thank you to Mara for being part of Achieve WE! Mara is a 19 year old college student from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. In the Poetry Section, you can read her incredible poem, What If Poets Are Mediums? She is an extremely talented poet whose eloquence and abilities are far beyond her years. Youth like Mara show that one does not have to be an adult to impact others with compelling poetry and writing.
Thank you to Gabrielle Rejane Lynn for being a part of Achieve WE! In the Performing Arts section, you can hear her beautiful voice perform a cover of Imagine, as well as Sayonara from How to Eat Like A Child. Her cover of Imagine was her first recording in a studio--an incredible feat for such a young girl of (almost) eight! Gabrielle Rejane Lynn is from San Antonio, Texas where in addition to already being a well-rounded singer, she is an actress, model, singer, and dancer. She epitomizes Achieve WE's value and belief that youth accomplish amazing things! Like Gabrielle Rejane Lynn on Facebook and subscribe to her YouTube channel to hear more!
Thank you to Anne for being a part of Achieve WE! In the Performing Arts section, you can listen to Anne's moving and expressive rendition of Sam Smith's Not in That Way. Anne is a talented 16-year-old singer from the Chicago area. She gave this wonderful impromptu performance at a Junior State of America convention in Madison, WI. She is actively involved in this organization, which civically engages thousands of students across the United States. Anne is a remarkable example of how young people can be artistically talented and community leaders at the same time!
My Family and Me by Mihaela, a student in Korbovo, Serbia
A Cat and Her Strong Friends by a student in Korbovo, Serbia
Piece by Clara from Ames, Iowa, USA
Taylor Grey is a 19 year old singer/songwriter from California. She was trained in classical opera, taught herself piano and guitar, and started writing lyrics at 12 years old. She released two Extended Plays, opened for Jacob Whitesides on his summer tour, and will be releasing her first album, SPACE CASE, later this month. She is an inspiration to youth around the world who want to pursue their dreams. Taylor submitted to Achieve WE with this message: "Good things take time, hard-work, and patience, but most importantly they take love. You need to love what your doing if you want to see true growth and success." Go to the second contribution under "United States of America" on the Performing Arts page to watch Taylor's newest song and music video, "Never Woulda Letcha"!
Visit Taylor's website to learn more about her!