A Buckhead resident was recognized for her work serving Atlanta’s disadvantaged children by the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network at the second annual Georgia Afterschool and Youth Development Awards ceremony on Oct. 19.

Chris Brodnan was presented with the 2019 Leadership Award. The award is given to one Georgia afterschool and youth program professional who has contributed significantly to their community, according to a press release.

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Commissioner Amy Jacobs, left, presents Chris Brodnan with the 2019 Georgia Afterschool and Youth Development Leadership Award. (Special)

Brodnan is the regional program director of Horizons Atlanta, an affiliate of Horizons National, a nonprofit that provides tuition-free summer learning programs for underprivileged children. Before that role, she was the Site Director for Horizons Atlanta at Holy Innocent’s Episcopal School, according to Horizons Atlanta’s website.

Brodnan’s implemented a continuous improvement strategy which resulted in a 67% improvement in literacy and a 64% improvement in reading for Horizon students, the release said.

“My wish is to use my skills and knowledge to support communities most in need in ways that are most impactful and sustainable,” Brodnan said in the release.

“We are honored to recognize fantastic leaders across the state,” said Katie Landes, director of GSAN. “Chris Brodnan exemplifies the kind of leadership needed in the youth development field to lead Georgia’s youth to brighter futures.”

The GA ASYD initiative was created in 2012 as a partnership with by GSAN and Gwinnett United in Drug Education, Inc. to create a unified vision for afterschool and youth service programs in Georgia.

To learn more about the GA ASYD initiative and awards, visit georgiaasyd.org.

Hannah Greco

Hannah Greco is writer and media communications specialist based in Atlanta.