2016 December

R4 Foundation Provides Gym Space to YWLA

img_3508A very special thanks to Bret Helmer of R4 Foundation for giving YWLA students gym space to practice basketball in the mornings before school.

R4 Foundation encourages active lifestyles, smart nutrition, and innovative health initiatives. While research can cure disease, comprehensive wellness programs can prevent sickness. We believe that a person’s state of wellness can affect a larger community, so we wish to encourage anyone’s adoption of healthy habits.

“Education is a Girl’s Best Friend” Supports YWLA

The Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth hosted its second-annual fundraiser, Education is a Girl’s Best Friend, featuring YWLA Principal Tamara Albury and YWLA seniors Lesley Erwin and Betsy Alatorre.

Guests enjoyed food donated by Reata and a meet and greet with several YWLA students. This year the event was held in the home of Winjie Miao, Foundation Board Chair.

Education is a Girl’s Best Friend 2016 would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our Host Committee.

The Foundation would also like to take this opportunity to extend our greatest appreciation to our Board of Directors for their support during this event and throughout the year.

Pictured from left: Tracey Amaya, Robin Sanders, Rachael Capua, Linda O’Brien, Deborah Ferguson, Tamara Payne, Winjie Miao and Renee Arrington.

Pictured from left: Tracey Amaya, Robin Sanders, Rachael Capua, Linda O’Brien, Deborah Ferguson, Tamara Payne, Winjie Miao and Renee Arrington.

YWLA Celebrates Being Named a Blue Ribbon School

YWLA Principal Tamara Albury receives the National Blue Ribbon School award

YWLA Principal Tamara Albury receives the National Blue Ribbon School award

The Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School.

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. made the status official at 1:00 pm on September 28. You can watch YWLA’s announcement here.

National Blue Ribbon Schools are on education’s cutting edge, pioneering innovative educational practices from professional learning communities and project-based learning to social and emotional learning and positive behavior systems. Schools are nominated by the state department of education and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices. Schools may be nominated as Exemplary High Performing—among the top schools in a state—or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing—schools making the fastest progress in their state in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Tamara Albury, YWLA principal attended a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on November 7 and 8 where school officials heard from Secretary King and other esteemed educators, shared best practices with each other, and celebrated their hard-won achievements.

Message from the Executive Director

If you’re like me, you find it hard to believe the holiday season is upon us and 2017 is days away. What a year it’s been! As you say goodbye to 2016, remember to give thanks for all that you have been blessed with this year.

As we continue the season of showing appreciation, I want to thank every supporter, fundraiser and volunteer for your help to advance our mission of supporting academic and leadership excellence at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth. Every dollar raised or donated, and every hour worked, helped to make a difference in the lives of students we are here to serve.

If you would like to make a year-end gift to help us finish strong, please join me in doing so. Your donation helps supplement classroom and extracurricular experiences for every young woman at YWLA. Thank you for your continued dedication to promote the success of every student in college, career and life.

Season’s Greetings, and wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
Courtney Kimberling Radcliffe
Executive Director

Enter your pledge amount

$

Donate