Youth Development Program Launched by Urban League of Greater Atlanta and Mayor Dickens – WABE

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In Thursday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Urban League President and CEO Nancy Flake Johnson discusses the organization’s partnership with the city to create its collaborative youth development program.

The initiative, launched in partnership with Mayor Andre Dickens, is a grant program for local and community organizations that serve Atlanta students from K-12. The initiative – offering $1 million to chosen organizations – will have three rounds of grants, the first of which is expected to be awarded this year.

Affordable housing has become scarce amid widespread rent increases in the state. Johnson noted rent increases beyond 25-30% of initial rental rates, pointing out that salaries have not increased to match the cost of living.

The initiative is looking for local Atlanta-based organizations tailored to serve low-to-moderate income families hardest hit by the pandemic in Atlanta Public Schools. The program will emphasize academic enrichment programs, the arts, athletic programs, and cultural enrichment opportunities.

“Ultimately it’s about connecting with people in the community who need these resources,” Johnson said.

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