“I find it to be a joy and a privilege to work with the youth in my communities. I am lucky to be a part of Higher Achievement because I understand what it feels like to be overlooked and under-resourced in the world of education. Sometimes all it takes is for one person to recognize a student’s potential and then assist that student in identifying their own strengths. Working for an organization that focuses on this is fantastic. I know how important it is to be seen and heard, Higher Achievement’s staff work hard to make that happen.”
Americorps Achievement Fellow, Brookland DC Metro
Americorps Achievement Fellow, Ward 4 DC Metro
Americorps Achievement Fellow, Ward 6 DC Metro
Beshon Trusty, Ph.D.
Executive Director DC Metro
Beshon leads an amazing team in DC to support the development and implementation of resources, services, supports, and partnerships that allow Higher Achievement to effectively serve scholars in the DC Metro area.
“I work at Higher Achievement because talent is everywhere but opportunity is not. Higher Achievement seeks to build a world where every child’s promise and potential is realized and I am thrilled to be a part of that mission!”
Learning Director, Brookland DC Metro
Learning Director, Ward 6 DC Metro
As Learning Coordinator for the Ward 6 Achievement Center, Alexis creates and fosters relationships between youth and our volunteer mentors and support our scholars academically, emotionally, and mentally through the hardships of middle school.
“I work at Higher Achievement because of their mission to close the education opportunity gap by providing knowledge and information.”
Bri Wallington Ferguson
Director of Program Operations DC Metro
AmeriCorps Program Support Fellow DC Metro
Learning Coordinator, Brookland DC Metro
Brittany ensures that our 8th graders are placed in schools that best fit their needs. Her goal is to help ease the application process for our scholars, so they can achieve their academic goals in an environment that best suits them.
“I work at Higher Achievement because I want to see every child succeed no matter their circumstances.”
Learning Director, Ward 4 DC Metro
Chavonte is leader of the Ward 4 Achievement Center, she works with school staff, community members, families, and Higher Achievement staff to make the Ward 4 Achievement Center a safe, positive, and effective learning environment where our scholars can grow and realize their potential.
“I work at Higher Achievement because I get to have a strong impact on the academic, social, and emotional development of middle school youth.”
Learning Director, Ward 8 DC Metro
As the Learning Director for our Ward 8 site Chris works with school staff, families, and scholars to make the Ward 8 Achievement Center an intentional learning environment that supports scholars’ academic and social growth.
“I work at Higher Achievement because I get to support students in the pursuit of their lifelong goals.”
Emena manages mentoring at the Ward 8 Achievement Center and work with the Ward 8 center staff to create a safe, impactful, and positive learning environment where our scholars can grow and realize their potential.
“I work at Higher Achievement because I enjoy having an impact on the scholars and the city I grew up in!”
Learning Coordinator, Ward 6 DC Metro
Erykah is on the ground with our scholars every day at Center. Alongside Ward 6’s Learning Director, she executes the daily ins and outs of programming. In addition, Erykah ensures that all of our volunteers have up-to-date clearances and manages our amazing Ward 6 mentors.
“As an alum of a very similar program I personally understand the importance of educational access programs—and I am a prime example of the impact they have on scholars’ lives!”
As the Learning Coordinator at Ward 1, Lyla communicates and engages with volunteer mentors from our community, matching them with middle schoolers and facilitating curriculum on social-emotional learning, high school placement, and general self-development. Lyla also helps students during our center programming, planning fun enrichment activities, assisting them with their homework, and making sure they know they have a friend in her. The job is a lot of coordination and administrative work, but being face-to-face with scholars and volunteers makes the job so special and motivating!
“I work for Higher Achievement because I have always valued the influence and importance of educational opportunities. I was lucky enough to have so many formative relationships with teachers and peers and other mentors who showed me how to love learning, which I carry with me today. I wish I had gone through school believing in myself and my abilities more, I wish I hadn’t been so hard on myself, and I hope I can pass the lessons I learned through those experiences onto our scholars. “
Mike is responsible for the recruitment, supervision, training, and support of volunteer teaching mentors, ensuring that they are able to implement the curriculum and actively engage scholars in learning. As a VSC, he also plans and executes center events, field trips, and other activities to enhance the scholars’ learning experience.
“I work at Higher Achievement because I am passionate about Higher Achievement’s mission, and this is the perfect position that will allow me to continue working with youth in the DMV area so that I can be an ally.”