Teen and Mentor

Here are Melanie and Je'Mia, Committed Partners

Committed Partner Melanie says "I had no idea of the impact participating in the Coaching for Success program as a Committed Partner would have on me. Being matched with Je'Mia has been great for both of us from the start."

"I know how important it is for a teenager to have an adult they can trust and confide in. It's been exciting for me watching our relationship grow. I am fully committed to supporting Je'Mia in reaching her personal and academic goals."

STAND WITH JE'MIA

Most inner-city 8th-graders read and do math well below their grade level. Facing 9th grade and feeling unsupported, many become deeply discouraged. Believing "No way I can handle this" they develop self-defeating behavior patterns both in and out of school. Half will drop out. Failing to graduate results in significant long-term cost to both the teen and our whole society.

You can help change this with your dollars or your time.

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 family, peers, and others

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Our History

Youth and Mentor

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

Kevin Campbell

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 AGAIN

On September 24th, YES!Atlanta received a substantial grant from the Atlanta Braves Foundation in support of our ongoing work with teens in the city. These funds will help fund our two new projects, Coaching for Success/Carver, an extension of our long-running Coaching for Success program, and a new project just launched, the YES!Atlanta's Young Leaders Club. We very much appreciate this honor.

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 work with up to 25 8th grade girls during weekly sessions on Fridays from 3:30 to 5 PM at the school. YES!Atlanta Committed Partner volunteers will be assigned to groups of girls to support them in completing personal commitments to their 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

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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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