Since banding together in 1979, the historians at Atlanta Preservation Center have helped ward off packs of angry bulldozers from more than 175 endangered buildings. Working alongside local government, businesses, and community leaders, the preservation team has saved elaborate structures including the Peters House and Winecoff Hotel. In addition, its headquarters—the 1856 Grant Mansion in Grant Park—is one of just three antebellum houses left in Atlanta and the team is currently working to restore the building to its architecturally accurate origins. When it isn’t keeping delicate treasures from crumbling, the Atlanta Preservation Center leads walking tours of historic areas and tells embarrassing stories from the days when the city’s buildings were just a bunch of baby bricks.
Piedmont Park preserves the luxury of yesteryear. Designed in the late 1800s, the park's facilities have withstood the test of time with recreational halls that reflect the simplicity of its lush landscapes, and wetlands. Over the past 20 years, the Piedmont Park Conservancy has restored the park to its historic natural beauty, transforming a dilapidated space into a frequented green space. A slew of activities engage the community with outdoor programs ranging from environmental day camps to team sports such as soccer and softball. Park tours explore the history of the neighborhood and the weekly Green Market whets appetites with fresh produce from local farmers and thieving rabbits.
WonderRoot fosters the next generation of artists in its Community Arts Center, including access to arts-education classes and all of the center's media production facilities. Young people ages 18 and under can enrich expressive skills in arts classes such as bookbinding and video editing and take advantage of resource spaces that include a darkroom, digital-media lab, and printing, recording, and ceramics studios. Professional development programs are also available to nurture budding artists. While membership to the center costs $60, WonderRoot strives to make their resources accessible to the community and has supported 88 young artists in the past year with free memberships.
ReNew partners with organizations, sponsors, and community members to help increase the wellbeing of economically disadvantaged and otherwise marginalized segments of the community. Through Fill My Backpack, Renew distributes backpacks filled with healthful snacks to metro Atlanta elementary-school students who are receiving reduced or free lunches. Representatives of the program maintain contact with the children's families in order to make sure they have enough to eat during holidays as well as during spring and summer breaks.
After providing in-home computer systems, CFY teaches students and their families how to utilize the new equipment most effectively with a half day of family-learning workshops. The goal of the Home Learning Centers is to supply students with a valuable resource for engaging with difficult academic material, and equip family members to serve as more effective learning partners. Computer systems come loaded with a number of useful programs, including Microsoft Office, a typing tutorial, and antivirus software, so the equipment can serve as a helpful tool throughout the course of a student's education.
The black-tie-optional event features samples and representation from the area's top restaurants, live entertainment by Charly Marshall and Joe Gransden, and live, silent, and wine auctions. The city's preeminent culinary benefit provides guests with elegant food samplings and wine tastings from Atlanta's top restaurants for a good cause. Get this Groupon for a delicious midweek treat, to woo a foodie and reap good karma, or for the opportunity to ogle fish, both alive and cooked, while wearing fancyfits.
Lacking essential food and hygiene items can make it more difficult for young people to achieve the successes that can help them emerge from homelessness, such as passing the GED or interviewing for a job. StandUp For Kids provides basic survival packs filled with two weeks' worth of easily transportable food and hygiene products. Each survival pack is designed to improve everyday life with small food items—such as juice, a granola bar, raisins, and canned spaghetti—and basic hygiene products—including deodorant, shampoo, sunscreen, a toothbrush, socks, underwear, and washcloths.
In its campaign to establish a healthy canopy covering, Trees Atlanta plants new trees, nurtures and preserves existing ones, and educates the public about the importance of these leafy lookouts through regular tree-care projects. With G-Team support, Trees Atlanta will plant 6- to 10-foot-tall native shade trees—including maples, cedars, magnolias, and dogwoods—in communities with the least amount of verdure, providing two years of watering, pruning, mulching, and general care to keep each arboreal investment healthy and vibrant. Having planted and distributed more than 75,000 shade trees since its inception, Trees Atlanta sustains a healthy environment, establishes stunning, shaded neighborhoods, and promotes positive dialogue among volunteers and city communities through tangible change.
Known for guiding the women of The Real Housewives of Atlanta through ab-strengthening moves, the instructors at the Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio started as a professional dance troupe before opening a studio in 1999. Now with 32 classes offered under one roof, the Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio aims to boost the self-confidence of its all-female students during drop-in Shimmy Fit classes and five-week technique courses. Instructors disguise calorie-blasting exercises with engaging choreography so that students can tone muscles without spending the day trying to slip an oiled-up pig into a wetsuit.
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Packed with games, supplies, lesson plans, and interactive homework, the It's My Business course provides sixth graders with real-world-focused instruction, integrating social studies, reading, writing, and critical thinking. Lessons—which are designed to help students meet Georgia Performance Standards—cover subjects such as advertising, apprenticeship, marketing, and civic responsibility. Students engage in six activities designed to enhance career confidence and explore pathways of employment. The course begins with an introduction to the concepts of entrepreneurship and ends with the development of a business plan.
In 1860, three women in Hartford Connecticut believed that the boys they saw lollygagging in the streets should have something better to do with their time. So they made sure they did. They started a club that gave the boys constructive, community-based activities that helped forge their characters. In the 150 years since, this idea has spread from a community cause to a national sensation, with that first club inspiring more than 1,140 independent organizations to form since. Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of America reach more than 4,000 communities, giving children—including the child versions of spokespeople Denzel Washington and Jennifer Lopez—positive outlets for their spare time.
The Clubs' programs touch on everything from volunteer-service days to bake sales and zoo field trips. Yet no matter what the specific activity, participating students gain a connection with and respect for their community, enhancing their communication skills and self-esteem. The organization also focuses on specific goals through tailored programs, helping build leadership skills, artistic talents, or the knowledge necessary to compete in the job market.
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Erica McDonald became a teenage mother while still in high school at the age of 16. She worked hard to graduate and gain her bachelor's degree in teaching and has since striven to help other young people accomplish similar goals. As part of this aim, she founded Treasurechest Learning Systems, which combines a specially designed curriculum of seminars for teens and presentations for parents to help teens return to school after childbirth and achieve future success and self-sufficiency.
The organization's program works with teenagers to determine what they need to accomplish to graduate, and creates plans of action for attending postsecondary school or finding places in the workforce. Participants are required to complete at least three applications for postsecondary education or jobs. Should students decide to pursue a resultant opportunity, Treasurechest Learning Systems can identify useful social services and provide transportation for a limited time, application fees, uniforms, and shoes to achieve this goal.
The Phillip Rush Center has become the literal embodiment of its name. Having evolved beyond a mere building, the space has become the central gathering place for the Atlanta area LGBT community. This massive venue is not only a home to 10 LGBT non-profits, but also a space used by dozens of allied groups including Just Us, SAGE, and Transgender Individuals Living Their Truth. These organizations host everything from yoga and movie screenings to advocacy campaigns and training sessions for social service agencies, weaving a supportive net of assistance and social opportunity for the LGBT community. The Center goes above and beyond, too, providing referrals for housing, conducting youth empowerment workshops, and running HIV testing—anything community members need to improve their lives.
After discovering a stray cat with kittens that no shelter would house, Samantha Shelton founded Furkids, a no-kill animal shelter, more than a decade ago. To combat this and other examples of companion-animal overpopulation, her organization conducted adoptions through a network of foster homes. As a result, Furkids rescued 216 animals in its first year, and today has rescued more than 6,000 animals, caring for more than 600 on a daily basis. To do this, Samantha and her team maintain a cage-free cat shelter, dog shelter, a separate shelter for cats with feline-immunodeficiency virus, and nine adoption centers. In addition to housing cats and facilitating adoptions, Furkids works with local residents to sterilize homeless cats in order to prevent the spread of feral colonies.