ACHIEVEMENT ACADEMY
Empowerment Program at Work

Spring 2013 - The Empowerment Program enables students to grow socially and emotionally by empowering them with the opportunity to give back to others who are in less fortunate circumstances. This past season the students at the Achievement Academy brought some cheer and comfort with gifts of teddy bears to homeless families at Family Promise of Las Vegas, a nonprofit organization assisting homeless children and parents to return to stable lives with living wage employment and affordable housing.


 June 2011 - CLICK HERE to read about how the Empowerment Program has helped to make students at the Achievement Academy feel better about themselves while they were helping others in need.


“Children from the school who give one of these bears away also get to keep one for themselves. It is a great way for students to feel good about making a difference in someone’s life.”
-Newsday
“The feeling the children get when they take that physical bear and that card they created to someone else is very empowering.” -Joseph Sprung, Founder and CEO, Bear Givers
“This is a unique opportunity, where the clients who are often the recipients of goodwill, are now empowered to enhance the lives of others.” -Derek Saker, Director of Communications, OHEL
“I was proud to make someone happy. It made me feel good inside to help someone else.” -Taylor, Student, South Florida Jewish Academy
“Children can also be ‘benefactors.’ The program teaches children that when they do an act of kindness, they receive something in return. When children give away a teddy bear, they receive a teddy bear to take home. The principle seems quite simple, but the result is truly amazing. Children at SLCD identified charitable organizations in other states and countries. They wrote letters to the children in these other programs and sent teddy bears to ‘make other children feel better.’ Despite severe developmental disabilities, each child had something to say about giving a gift. ‘I sent my teddy bear to a little boy in Mexico. He doesn’t have parents. I have a mommy and a daddy. He must be very sad.’ Children’s insights are precious. Letters were then received from the children who received the teddy bears.”
-Long Island Press