In 2006, Sue Wieland and her husband John made a $1 million gift to The Atlanta Women’s Foundation. That generosity continues to be honored with the annual Sue Wieland Embracing Possibility Award. The award is a special grant of $10,000 given annually to one of our grantee partner organizations. The selected organization demonstrates outstanding ability to make significant change in the lives of women and girls through their ongoing work and by using an example of one individual that the organization sees as a shining example of their program.
"What you keep you lose and only what you give remains your own."
2018 Sue Wieland Embracing Possibility Award
Honoree Literacy Action & Shining Example Christina Reid
Founded in 1968 by volunteers at the Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Atlanta, Literacy Action's mission is to build better futures for undereducated adults by teaching literacy, life and work skills that empower them to reach their highest potential. For 50 years, Literacy Action has been a grassroots driver of free adult learning services, providing various levels of educational instruction to advance adults towards employment, citizenship, better wages, postsecondary education, and contribution toward their children’s success in school. Literacy Action’s vision is to break the intergenerational cycle of low literacy and poverty that adult students face by providing quality instruction and removing key barriers to employment or academic advancement through free literacy classes.
by Christina Reid
When I immigrated from Jamaica, I wanted to further my education. To do this I needed my transcript from my school in Jamaica, but when I tried to call back home to the see if I could get my records, unfortunately I could not. So, the only way I could enroll in school was to get my GED. I then decided to look online for places that offer free GED classes, and shortly after that I started my journey at Literacy Action.
The services at Literacy Action have impacted my life because without Literacy Action, I would not have completed my associate degree in Early Childhood Education. Literacy Action has taught me you are never too old to get your education. I thought time was running out on me when I was 25 years old and I had not enrolled in college. Growing up in a less fortunate community where high school was the furthest you can go in education was not where I wanted to be. My family could not afford for me to attend colleges in Jamaica, and with no grants or scholarships working was my only option. I wanted to be the first one from my family to attend college and make something more of my life, and when I came to the US I was dedicated to accomplishing my dreams.
When I got my GED and got enrolled in college was one of the happiest days of my life! No one from my family has ever gone to college and to know that I made this happen was just the greatest feeling. Literacy Action gives many people the opportunity to get a second chance in life, to be something that they have always wanted to be because they miss out on the first try.
Now that I have my associate degree, I plan to further my education to acquire my bachelor’s in early childhood education. I am very passionate about teaching children; ever since I was younger I’ve always wanted to become a teacher. I believe education is the key to success, and especially with preschoolers, brains are open for information and I believe I can make a big difference. When I become a teacher, I am going to dedicate my time and patience with my students to ensure that they retain the information given to them. Also, I will let them know what an important role education played in my life.