Vol. 3, Issue 1
Quarterly Newsletter

Welcome to this wintry edition of LaAmistad's Quarterly Newsletter. We hope that it finds you well. Thank you for your ongoing support of LaAmistad, its mission, and its programs.


What's Inside...


LaAmistad Buckhead 5K
Christmas at LaAmistad
Walk With Me: A Story of LaAmistad's Beginnings
New Site: The Cathedral of St. Philip
Proud Partner: Lockheed Martin
LaAmistad Leadership Series
Atlanta Opera Comes to LaAmistad
Field Trips
fivekLaAmistad Buckhead 5K

Saturday, February 22, 9:00am





Lace up your running shoes and come help us make miles of progress in closing the education gap that severely impacts the Latino community! You run, we tutor, kids learn! Click here to sign up nowwww.active.comProceeds benefit LaAmistad's child, youth, and family programs.

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$30 pre-registration

$15 for 18 and under


Peachtree Presbyterian Church
3434 Roswell Road NW

Atlanta, GA 30305


Course Description: Flat, gentle slopes through residential Buckhead


Timing: Electronic


Registration Online: www.active.com


Packet Pickup: Roadrunner Sports on Friday, February 21, from 10:00am-8:00pm


*Also, after the race any and all young professionals who wish to grab brunch at Fadó Irish Pub are more than welcome!

christmasChristmas at LaAmistad

Vic Pentz, Senior Pastor of Peachtree Presbyterian Church, tells students from two LaAmistad After School sites the true meaning of Christmas. LaAmistad's Christmas celebration at Peachtree Presbyterian Church also included pictures with Santa, gifts for every student and younger siblings, caroling, and a meal prepared by LaAmistad's families that rivaled those of the finest restaurants in Atlanta.
walkWalk With Me: A Story of LaAmistad's Beginnings
Click on the image above to view producer Brian MacNeel's video on the people and events responsible for bringing to life LaAmistad. See how Bill Maness' vision and willingness to get involved in his community set into motion an organization that the community has come to respect and adore (video is 2:54 long).
philipsNew Site: The Cathedral of St. Philip
LaAmistad is proud to announce the grand opening its 4th after school location at the prestigious Cathedral of St. Philip located in the heart of Buckhead! Between all four sites, LaAmistad touches the lives of over 160 students each day, uplifting the Atlanta community one afternoon at a time. Volunteers are pouring in at record numbers at all of the locations, especially at The Cathedral of St. Philip. All of our sites have waiting lists with many students' names on them, hopeful to one day be the lucky recipients of the exceptional services LaAmistad has to offer.


The Cathedral of St. Philip and Westminster Presbyterian Church locations combine to serve over 40 Garden Hills Elementary School students each week. In the short time LaAmistad has served Garden Hills, the principal, faculty, and school community have seen the positive effects that LaAmistad has on its students, and have joined the other schools LaAmistad serves in spreading positive words about our organization. LaAmistad is hoping to continue to grow next year through the means of grants and donations made by generous donors like yourselves. Many school leaders have actively sought out LaAmistad in hopes of having LaAmistad uplift their school community in areas all throughout north Atlanta, and we hope we can answer their cry for help.


We have been able to touch the lives of so many families this fall from delivering donated backpacks full of supplies, to providing new clothes and shoes to those in need, to watching our new students' grades soar over an entire letter grade in some subject areas in a mere 9 weeks!  Our new Westminster Presbyterian families have been quick to return the help they have received by helping Westminster Presbyterian mail over 1,700 letters in less than one full day of work, and are consistently stepping up wherever there is an area of need. LaAmistad truly has touched the lives of so many, and we know that this number will only continue to grow.  Please stay tuned to watch how we will transform the lives of many more people to come!
lockheedProud Partner: Lockheed Martin
LaAmistad partner Lockheed Martin was generous enough to give LaAmistad middle school students a private tour of their Atlanta facility late in 2013. The tour was conducted by three Lockheed engineers and included rare access to secure areas of the facility as well as the manufacturing floor. The students were presented a slideshow that gave a detailed history of all of the aircraft that Lockheed Martin has constructed since it was founded in March 1995. Thanks to all of the Lockheed Martin employees who made this visit possible, and to the Georgia Tech chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, who prepped the students for this occasion.
leaderLaAmistad Leadership Series
LaAmistad launched its Leadership Series this fall, and is proud to announce that many positive community leaders have been introduced to LaAmistad's group of middle and elementary school students. Here, Pedro Marin, a member of Georgia's House of Representatives and a champion of both Latino rights and education, speaks to LaAmistad middle school and fifth grade students about the importance of hard work and dedication to a cause. Please see the list of community leaders below that LaAmistad students have already had the pleasure of meeting and listening to.
  • James Cross, FBI
  • Mercer Dye, Dye Aviation
  • John Albers, Georgia State Senate
  • Pedro Marin, Georgia House of Representatives
operaThe Atlanta Opera Comes to LaAmistad
On January 24, LaAmistad welcomed The Atlanta Opera to The Lodge at Peachtree Presbyterian Church for a performance of the bilingual En Mis Palabras (In My Words). Hundreds of people showed up for these talented individuals who put on a marvelous show. Four singers, one pianist, and one guitarist portrayed the story of a teenage girl struggling to find her own voice and her father helping her along the way. Thank you to everybody who pulled this night together!
fieldtripsField Trips
Thanks to AW Media Group and Atlanta Hawks player Lou Williams and his foundation, LaAmistad students enjoyed Hawks Night at Andretti Indoor Karting and Games in December. Also, thanks to the generosity of the Alpharetta Family Skate Center and The Cooler, LaAmistad middle school students were able to ice skate until their hearts were content one afternoon this past January.
studentStudent of the Month
Jonathan Bello was a third-grade student when LaAmistad opened its doors in 2001. According to Executive Director Cat McAfee, Jonathan was a true terror when it came to his behavior. Jonathan was a part of the program that meets at Peachtree Presbyterian Church for several years before his family moved to Marietta. LaAmistad must have had a deep impact on Jonathan, though, because as staff witnessed today, he is now a gentle giant, as kind and good-natured as can be. He visits Cat (both featured to the right) every two or three years to thank her and the staff for everything they have given to him. Jonathan, now 20 years old, recalls how friendly everybody at the program was. As Jimmy Mock exhibited, tough love was in full effect though. "The volunteers and mentors were nice, but they also expected us to try our best at all times."

The lessons taught at LaAmistad sank in, and in 2012 Jonathan graduated from Osborne High School as JROTC Master Sergeant. He was proudly part of his school's JROTC Drill Team, Honor Guard, Saber Guard, Color Guard, and Flag Detail. This afternoon, he was on his way to an interview when he swung by to say hello to everyone. He wishes to begin a career in the food and beverage industry. He has hopes of one day opening a sub shop with his step-father.

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