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We Celebrate Rising Star's 25th Anniversary



We're happy to announce the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Rising Star program. Guests attending this event at the 5 Season's Westside Restaurant on Marietta Street heard inspiring stories of goals pursued and lives changed for the better from Charise, a 1990 graduate of Rising Star I, and two of her teenage daughters who are currently participating in the Rising Star XIV program.

We very much appreciate the generosity of those who attended and pledged significantly in excess of the ticket costs. If you missed the event, you can contribute to the support of our work with the at-risk teens of Atlanta by clicking on a Donate link below.

Read more about Rising Star on our Programs page. Our goal is to increase Atlanta's inner-city high-school graduation rate that now is only a bit over 50%. Successful completion of high-school is known to make a tremendous difference in lifetime earnings, benefiting both the teens and our society as a whole. Every dollar counts toward generating the resources we need to continue to produce this unique and transformative program.

Our Mission

YES!Atlanta seeks give these at-risk teenagers a chance to experience personal success through voluntary programs based on long-term regular support by committed, caring and trained adults.

Youth and Mentor

Our goals are to:
  • Increase academic skills and performance
  • Reduce self-defeating behaviors
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Raise graduation rates
  • Improve relationships with all around them

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Our History

Darisha

In 1988 a small group of citizens concerned about despair among inner-city youth joined hands to create what later became YES!Atlanta (standing for Youth Experiencing Success ). We delivered our first Rising Star program in 1990, and our first Coaching for Success program two years later.

In the years since, Rising Star and Coaching for Success have impacted the lives of nearly 1,000 teenagers. In 1993, President George Bush named YES!Atlanta America's 1,003rd "Point of Light" in recognition of the quality of our work with at-risk teens.

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Many thanks to these recent supporters


















And these generous individuals and organizations

Kevin Campbell

The Rich Foundation

Winston Wilson

Michael Halpern

Jennifer Koontz

Scott Cullen

Carmen Davis

Christi Johnson

John Hatfield

Ken Schuckers

Madison Fisher

Harold Hardnett

Paul Isler DDS

Gordon Waller

Joyce Abrams

Laller DeCosta

Alison Halpern

Marcus Ladd






Braves award

ATLANTA BRAVES SUPPORT US

YES!Atlanta received a substantial grant from the Atlanta Braves Foundation in support of our ongoing work with at-risk teens in the inner city. We very much appreciate this honor.

Rich award

THE RICH FOUNDATION HONORS US

We are pleased to report a significant grant from THE RICH FOUNDATION in appreciation of the value of our work with youth since 1990.

Young Leadership Academy

CORETTA SCOTT KING YOUNG WOMEN'S ACADEMY PARTNERSHIP

The Coretta Scott King Young Women's Academy, a unit of the Atlanta Public Schools system, has invited the YES!Atlanta Young Leaders Club to deliver a support and mentoring program at the school. The mission of YES!Atlanta aligns well with the Academy's fundamental purpose - to increase student achievement and prepare all of the students for success in middle school through college and beyond.

We are currently working with 20 8th grade girls during weekly sessions on Fridays from 3:30 to 5 PM at the school. YES!Atlanta Committed Partner volunteers are assigned to groups of girls to support them in completing their personal commitments to their continued growth into secure and fulfilled members of their community.

Villages at Carver

VILLAGES AT CARVER EXPANSION

We've expanded our long-term mentoring program, Coaching for Success , into a second location - The Villages at Carver, a large mixed-income community located on the site of the former Carver Homes just south of Turner Field. Here we are continuing our 23-year long effort to have Youth Experience Success.

Peer pressure weighs heavily on inner-city youth. Committed Partner support helps greatly, and enrolling teens living in this residential neighborhood makes possible the building of an "outside of school" mutually-supporting peer group that our experience shows significantly increases a teenager's ability to thrive and resist the ever-present pull of the "mean streets".

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"WHY I STAY"

It might have been my son in that orange jump suit...."

A long-time YES!Atlanta volunteer's personal story

To read this story, click here

CONTACT US AT:

(678)467-4743
 PO BOX 54692
  Atlanta, GA 30308

Email to Matt Wynalda

Executive Director

Email to Dottie Wimberly

Program Director

Email to Mary Mitchell

Program Specialist

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