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Fulton County Commissioners approved a community partnership that will work with youth who attend Douglas, Carver, Maynard Jackson, Langston Hughes, South Atlanta and Westlake high schools and those young people who live in the communities surrounding the schools. The Fulton Youth Initiative is providing employment opportunities for Fulton County youth and young adults— ages 16-24. The schools and the surrounding neighborhoods were selected based on criteria indicating that they were in areas with the greatest need.

Commissioners approved $1,000,000 to create the Fulton Youth Initiative during the Wednesday, June 7, 2017 meeting. The vote addressed community concerns about juvenile crime and the absence of job opportunities for youth. Funds for the Youth Initiative will be used to address three categories involving youth at risk.

  • Prevention - At risk youth living in areas with low educational, economic, and social outcomes
  • Intervention - At risk youth who have failing grades, truancy, repeat disciplinary actions and behavioral/social issues
  • Rehabilitation - Adjudicated youth who are in the court system and at-risk of becoming repeat offenders or career criminals

"The Fulton Youth Initiative focuses on four priority service areas, "said Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves. "These focus areas include providing economic access by establishing education to employment pathways for disconnected youth, increasing communications outreach, providing social and emotional learning programs that support quality out-of-school time, and ensuring safety and justice by providing young people with alternatives to unhealthy behaviors," said Eaves.

"We are excited to initiate a program that will help us to build a new generation of young people who will be prepared to succeed in the workplace," added County Manager Dick Anderson. The Fulton Youth Initiativeadds another link to achieving our strategic Plan. "The summer internships address the risks associated with out-of-school time by working with community partners to create positive opportunities for youth after school and during the summer," said Anderson.

Chief Operating Officer Todd long pointed to the potential costs savings. "He emphasized, "Fulton County will assess and capture the long-term cost savings and positive returns to the community to determine the long term value of the Youth Initiative and other similar programs aimed at serving youth and families to create thriving and economically strong communities.

"The Housing and Community Development Department has also issued a Request for Proposals (RFP), which is soliciting services from qualified community-based non-profit organizations with proven prevention, intervention and rehabilitation services," added Frankie Atwater, Director of the Housing and Community Development Department. A total of $500,000 to $750,000 is set aside to support the Initiative and organizations are limited to submitting one proposal. The maximum amount issued per contract will be $50,000 with a minimum of $25,000. Organizations that submit proposals must indicate expected outcomes that align with minimizing the risk factors. The deadline for submission of RFPs is July 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

The Fulton Youth Initiative program is jump-starting the partnership with a focus on paid summer internship opportunities. The Summer Jobs Internship Program will provide tangible work experience in a wide range of career fields to youth ages 16-24. Participation in the program will be on a first-come first-serve basis. At least 245 children have registered to participate in a variety of Internship opportunities hosted by government employers, private sector employers, the non-profit sector and community based organizations (CBO's). with Fulton County and external employers.

In order to participate, youth must be:

  • Between the ages of 16-24
  • A Fulton County resident
  • Live in the targeted districts *

Top 10 Highest Need Elementary Schools

Elementary Schools Calculated Risk Score The Elementary School's Designated HS Commission District School System
Fain 100.0 Douglass 4 APS
Towns 98.6 Douglass 4 APS
F.L. Stanton 97.4 Douglass 4 APS
Thomasville Heights 97.3 Carver 5 APS
Boyd 93.6 Douglass 4 APS
Grove Park 91.6 Carver 5 APS
Dunbar 90.6 Maynard Jackson 5 APS
Gideons 84.7 Carver 5 APS
Brookview 84.6 Westlake & Langston Hughes 6 FCS
Dobbs 82.9 South Atlanta 5 APS
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • In school and/or currently unemployed
  • Available between June 15 and August 1
  • Able to work for five (5) consecutive weeks (150 hours) 30 hours per week.

For more information, contact Frankie Atwater at 404-613-7944.

Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations due to a disability including communications in an alternative format should contact the Disability Liaison in the Housing and Community Development Department at (404) 613-7944 within five days of the event. To obtain Georgia Relay Access, citizens should dial 711.


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