Akrem Ahmed was an active youth participant at Strawbridge Square’s Lincolnia Community Resource Center (LCC). When he won HAND’s Children’s Art Contest in 2009, he had no idea drawing would unlock a brand new future seven years later. Now a 2016 high school graduate, Akrem will attend Northern Virginia Community College in the fall and plans to pursue studies in architecture and interior design at Virginia Tech in coming years.
“I went from drawing as a kid to now using AutoCAD and Revit to develop interior designs and draft architectural drawings in school,” he said in his eloquent acceptance speech before 1,200 attendees. “I believe that all of this couldn’t have been possible without the Lincolnia Community Center.” Now a mature, confident young man, he explained that the LCC always provided him with a place to go after school for homework help, enriching activities, camaraderie, and support.
“This community center was one of the best parts of living and playing in the Wesley Housing’s Strawbridge Community,” he said. “This community provided me with so many benefits that I am thankful for. It has had a positive impact on my life, and shaped me into the person I am today.”