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November Program Updates

For ACLP November 2020 Newsletter Update Dear ACLP Family,

FSP sessions cancellation for the 2020-2021 school year We hope you are doing well during these challenging times. Our hearts go out to African diaspora people suffering injustices here in Philadelphia and America, the African continent, and around the world. We wanted to share a few updates about African Community Learning Program (ACLP) and our Future Scholars Program (FSP). Due to the pandemic, our students are dealing with long virtual learning hours, and this has impacted their enrollment and attendance for our FSP sessions. Unfortunately, we cancelled our FSP sessions for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year. Still through our FSP work, we maintain many resources for high school students on our website to support them in college preparation and achievement. ACLP’s leaders also continuously share on our website personal stories about their college experiences and advice.

Please share these resources with high school students in Philadelphia and beyond! It was ACLP’s pleasure to teach our students! We will continue ACLP’s work in other capacities.

Good news for ACLP and its leaders ACLP and its leaders will be recognized with Philadelphia City citations in celebration of the organization’s three years anniversary of serving students, their families, and the West Philadelphia community as well as its leaders' contributions. The occasion will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 11am at Philadelphia City Hall. Because of the pandemic, we won’t hold an event. ACLP Co-founder Abdoul Wane and I will attend, and the City Representative Sheila Hess will send ACLP a video for these recognitions.

Good news for ACLP community engagement ACLP and the City of Philadelphia will hold a Senegal flag raising on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 11am at Philadelphia City Hall.The flag pole is on the Northside of City Hall on North Broad & JFK Blvd. I initiated the Senegal flag raising efforts in collaboration with the City. This is the first time in the history of Philadelphia that the flag of Senegal will be raised at City Hall! As a Senegalese-American, this is an especially joyous occasion for me, and I hope for all the Senegalese and the African diaspora in Philadelphia and beyond. We won’t hold an event due to the pandemic. ACLP Co-founder Abdoul Wane and I will attend along with the Philadelphia Director of Immigrant Affairs Amy Eusebio and the City Representative Sheila Hess. We would love to see you there!

We thank the City and its Office of Immigrant Affairs for their partnerships with ACLP for the citations and the Senegal flag raising. We wish you and yours strength, health, safety!

With gratitude,

Aminata Sy Founder & President African Community Learning Program

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