We are proud to feature this guest post from our friends at Anne Frank Inspire Academy about AFIA Summer Experience.
“Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.” —Albert Einstein
Learning occurs when we can connect information with an experience, and this summer, that is exactly what we are doing at Anne Frank Inspire Academy. We are excited to offer our second annual AFIA Summer Experience—an experience for students from around the city to get up out of their desks and become active. This fun-filled, engaging month-long experience will produce scholars that learn more about being a part of a community, who they are as a person, and how to apply that in their daily lives.
Summer with Anne Frank Inspire Academy
The summer will include on-campus and off-campus experiences, including a kick-off event at a local adventure park. Here, students will challenge themselves to conquer individual barriers and learn to work together as a group—essential skills for lifelong success. The remainder of the AFIA Summer Experience will draw on this unforgettable day as we strengthen our community. The following week we will take a multiple excursions to relax and have FUN FUN FUN!!! Our summer experience will end with a community-wide picnic with families to celebrate our growth and enjoy life together.
Belong is one of our core imperatives means that Anne Frank Inspire Academy schools are uniquely situated to build community. More experienced students can mentor younger students, and these older students have opportunities to lead and self-reflect about their impact on our campus and world. Our experience is designed as one K–12 experience while also allowing time and space for age-appropriate skill-building. Campus administrators and facilitators have been intentional in design to ensure we are meeting the needs of all participants.
Summer Experience Activities
Each morning will begin with age-appropriate advisories led by student mentors that encourage scholars to learn about each other, gain unique perspectives, and develop a true sense of belonging. Facilitators will then move students into spaces to engage them with exciting experiences such as art, games, self-care, fitness, science, manga, and more! While participating in these experiences, scholars will explore our inquiry process and unpack essential skills.
The AFIA Summer Experience also allows us to focus on key transition points: incoming kindergarten, 6th grade, and 9th grade students. These scholars will be in their own group, have a designated mentor and facilitator, and truly dive into what it means to be a new student, middle schooler, or high schooler.
We believe that to engage a child’s mind, we must first reach their heart. The AFIA Summer Experience will challenge scholars to explore the self, deepen social awareness, sharpen relationship skills, and hone responsible decision-making. Welcome to the 2022 AFIA Summer Experience, a transformative experience for everyone!
To register or to learn more, visit AnneFrankIA.com/summer-experience.
Charter Moms Chats
Watch Jeffery Moss, AFIA Counselor, and Alissa Blanton, student mentor, discuss the Summer Experience program with Inga Cotton on Charter Moms Chats on April 26, 2022 at 4:00 PM Central live on Facebook and YouTube.
Jeffery Moss is the Counselor at Anne Frank Inspire Academy. He has served in various capacities throughout his professional career spanning roles within the government, private, non-profit, and retail sectors. Jeffery became involved in education in 2013 when he joined the team at an early college. Since 2013, he has served in admissions, outreach, and student support functions where he has been a champion for the inclusion of all students. Joining his professional experiences, leadership and development interests, and his counseling education, Jeffery has championed the creation and expansion of a number of student support initiatives throughout his career. Notably, his work with students in various diversity and support programs demonstrate his commitment to community building, social justice, and advocacy. Jeffery is a proud Jackie Robinson Foundation Alumnus, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador, Texas Boys Stater, and Morehouse College Ethical Leader
Alissa Blanton is a senior at Anne Frank Inspire Academy and president of the Student Council. This is her second year as AFIA Summer Experience Program Assistant. Having completed multiple dual credit courses and dual enrollment with the University of Texas at Austin, she plans to continue her education by pursuing a degree in psychology.
Read More About Anne Frank Inspire Academy
- “Guide to Enrolling at Anne Frank Inspire Academy in San Antonio for 2022–23,” San Antonio Charter Moms, November 30, 2021
- “Charter Moms Chats — AFIA Summer Experience, With Justin Johnston and Jeffery Moss,” YouTube, May 6, 2021
- “Anne Frank Inspire Academy Reopening Plan 2020–2021,” San Antonio Charter Moms, September 1, 2020
- “Learning That Matters: Using an Inquiry-Based Learning Approach at Home,” Justin Johnston, San Antonio Charter Moms, July 22, 2020