Events, News, Scholars Program

FLOC Graduating Seniors Unlock Their Future

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On June 13thFLOC held its annual Fred Taylor Scholarship Dinner at St. Francis Monastery to honor and celebrate our graduating seniors from both high school and postsecondary. Students, families, postsecondary coaches, board members and FLOC alumni filled the room to recognize our students’ hard work and highlight their achievements.

Award-winning and journalist, Leon Harris and Fred Taylor, FLOC founding director.
Award-winning journalist, Leon Harris and Fred Taylor, FLOC founding director.

After dinner, Leon Harris, award-winning journalist and ABC News anchor, inspired our students to find their passion by exploring new interests and being prepared when an opportunity arises. He encouraged students to soak up all that college has to offer and never let anyone tell them what they cannot do. Believe in yourself and you will succeed!

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FLOC high school graduating seniors celebrate the start of their new postsecondary journey.

To close the evening, the audience provided “keys to success” for our graduates as they transition to college and beyond. Students were advised to meet new people, study abroad, budget, stay in touch, find a mentor and build a community similar to home. We are so proud of our seniors and wish them the best of luck! Go on and do great things and know that FLOC is always there for you.

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Development, Events

Do More 24 Campaign: Supporting FLOC’s Critical Programming

The beginning of summer for most of us means a time to relax, take a break from school and enjoy the weather. Here at FLOC, we have finished our school year programs, congratulated our high school graduates and celebrated another successful year of programs. However, FLOC is also busy welcoming our summer interns, conducting volunteer orientations and trainings and enrolling both new and returning students in our NTP Summer Academy.

This six-week program is designed to prevent summer learning loss and jumpstart a students’ preparation for the next grade level in the fall. Typically, over the eight weeks of summer break, students who don’t practice their skills will start the next school year three to six months below where they ended the previous school year. This is especially true for low-income, first-generation students. Last summer, FLOC students gained five months’ improvement in reading and three months’ improvement in math.

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FLOC is glad to offer the NTP Summer Academy to nearly 90 students every summer. However, the expenses associated with the costs of running the summer academy do add up and we rely heavily on the support of individuals like you to support this critical programming. Today, for one day only, support FLOC and hundreds of area nonprofits in the United Way of the National Capital Area’s second annual Do More 24 campaign and give where you live!

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We invite you to share with your networks our campaign page, our online posts and the video from our fundraising luncheon this May. We will be posting on Twitter and Facebook all day to urge our followers to support us in this one day of online giving. Last year, FLOC won a $5,000 award for the most dollars raised in the day. This year, the award for most dollars raised in the day is $7,500. With your help, we can take the top honors again and offer our programs to even more deserving students in DC. We value your support as advocates for FLOC, and hope you will join us in supporting our community in the Do More 24 campaign!

(Kate Fleischer is the Development Assistant at FLOC).