Changing Lives

Not every day do you get to see how your involvement, support and contributions touch the lives of children in your own community.  Here are stories of the amazing and inspiring children and organizations with whom we have the pleasure of working.

Making a Difference

INMED offers kids opportunities

In the 2017-2018 Loudoun County Public Schools academic year to date, INMED Partnerships for Children has delivered after-school programming to 30 at-risk elementary school children in Sterling whose families would otherwise be unable to access or afford quality after-school activities. Their academically-focused and outcome-based after-school program provides individualized assessments of academic skills, weekly one-on-one tutoring, daily homework assistance, computer lab tutorials, other educational activities including STEM/STEAM learning opportunities, special events, and nutritious snacks, which are particularly important since many children enrolled come from food-insecure households. Bus transportation is provided for children at three local schools.

Beyond these core offerings, INMED’s program also works to create even greater impact. Because the participating children face numerous stresses and challenges such as financial hardship, unstable homes, language barriers and one-parent households, death of a parent, etc., they are also actively working to strengthen the children’s developmental assets such as self-esteem, self-efficacy, mindfulness and persistence, which can have far-reaching positive effects beyond their performance in school.

INMED also includes a parent-school connections component, hosting monthly meetings to inform parents of their children’s progress in the program and to encourage their ongoing involvement in their children’s education. A total of 23 mothers and fathers have attended these meetings in the academic year to date. After-school program staff are also available for one-on-one meetings with parents when needed.

To date, the Paxton Memorial Trust has provided “scholarships” to seven students in the greatest need to ensure that they are able to participate in the program consistently without a financial burden to their families.

Activity Highlights

In addition to the core academic focus of the after-school program, students have also enjoyed a number of other special activities, such as a soccer skills workshop with a volunteer coach, piano lessons and freestyle playing of musical instruments, arts & crafts, and the opportunity to be a “paleontologist for a day” with a massive Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton model. In addition, the Sterling Library brings e-books and educational activities to the center every month.

One particular highlight was a visit by Dr. Vint Cerf, a Google vice president who is widely known as the “father of the Internet,” who spent an afternoon at the Opportunity Center in February, joining the children in a STEAM-related activity  creating personalized bracelets through a binary coding exercise.

GREAT WORK, INMED! The Paxton Trust is proud to make your wonderful program available to more children!

In Our Community

Hope for the holidays for homeless teens at Mobile Hope

The Paxton Trust supporters and volunteers showed up at Mobile Hope before the holidays to create a YOUTH LOUNGE so the kids have a place to feel “at home.”  Supporters from our community donated everything needed to create an exciting space for the youth– an XBOX gaming system, games, a big flatscreen TV, a table, chairs, and board games among other fun things.  In addition, organizations like St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, the Leesburg Garden Club, and generous individuals donated lots of gift cards to Target, Giant, and many local restaurants for Mobile Hope to give to the kids as needs arise or to spread holiday cheer.

Mobile Hope is dedicated to providing help and hope for Loudoun’s homeless and at-risk teens. Mobile Hope works to create positive changes in the kids that visit their center, guiding them through their challenges to become self-sufficient young adults.  Mobile Hope strives to provide care and support to help children or young adults reunite with their families; find employment, housing, or transportation. For more information about Mobile Hope, visit their website at www.mobilehopeloudoun.org.

In Our Community

Aidan rocks The Aurora School

Aidan is an enthusiastic student at The Aurora School on Paxton Campus. His infectious laugh can often be heard resonating throughout the entire building! He’s extremely musical and is always asking when he can enjoy his favorite activity: playing his piano keyboard. However, before attending Aurora, this simple act of asking would’ve been impossible– he could initially only communicate using three pictures. Today, after six years of instruction at Aurora, Aidan can use sign language, express his thoughts through the use of an iPad, read over 100 words, and is now learning to talk. As Aidan conquers his communication skills, he continues to learn countless new skills that will provide him the chance to thrive in the community with his peers and live a more independent life. Hailey, Aidan’s lead Applied Behavior Analyst Instructor explains the importance of Aurora, “The Aurora School and The Arc of Loudoun provides young adults, like Aidan, the opportunity to learn and grow into their full potential. I wish more people knew about the amazing progress our students make using ABA (instructional methods), and how all of the Aurora staff are striving to provide our students with, ‘A Life Like Yours.’”