At-risk children are likely to achieve goals and change the trajectory of their lives when they have access to academic supports, enriching after-school activities, and an encouraging environment to promote learning. Wesley Housing provides this for hundreds of resident children.
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 as a child eight years ago, he had no idea that his interest in drawing would unlock a new future for him. Now a 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.
At the HAND Annual Meeting & Housing Expo, Enterprise Community Partners awarded Akrem a $1,000 scholarship to support his education and dreams of owning his own architecture firm.
“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.”
To learn more about our programs for residents of all ages, see our Resident Services page.