(Pictured L – R): C.T. Martin, Atlanta City Council; Russell Stokes, President and CEO, GE Energy Connections; Paul Bowers, Chairman, President and CEO, Georgia Power; Michael Julian Bond, Atlanta City Council; Chris M. Carlos; Chief George Turner; Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta City Council; Mayor Kasim Reed; Ivory Young, Atlanta City Council; Andre Dickens, Atlanta City Council; Frank Fernandez, Vice President of Community Development, The Arthur M. Blank Foundation; Dave Wilkinson, President and CEO, Atlanta Police Foundation; Jarvis Davis, At-Promise Youth

The Atlanta Police Foundation (APF) and the Atlanta Police Department (APD) held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the At-Promise Youth Center on Wednesday. This 17,000 square-foot facility will be transformed into a state-of-the-art space with specialized services for youth and residents focused on educational advancement, mental health, social/emotional learning and workforce development.

The center will used a three-pronged approach to addressing youth crime in Atlanta:

  • Diversion – an alternative to arrest and probation
  • Intervention – strategies to address behavior
  • Prevention – to promote and foster personal growth and development

Located in historic English Avenue, the facility will specialize in programming for youth ages 12 to 17 who reside in Zone 1 and is expected to serve up to 150 youth the first year. The center is made possible through partnerships with  Carter, General Electric, Georgia Power and the Arthur M. Blank Foundation.

A rendering of the new design for the At-Promise Youth and Community Center.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.