Youth on the Move is now a 21st Century Community Learning Center!

In its fourth year, Youth on the Move is getting a makeover! While the 4 tenets of Enrichment, Empowerment, Education, and Experiences remain the pillars of the out of school time program for middle and high school students, we can now share that we have been named a 21st Century Community Learning Center by the Georgia Department of Education!

The 21st CCLC program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities for academic enrichment activities during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session, such as before and after school or during summer recess. The competitive grant application process is months long, and we credit the support of our neighborhood schools in making this opportunity possible. Through this new partnership, YOTM will increase community-school engagement, provide advanced tutoring, and expand our enrichment activities over the next 5 years.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5: Freedom School is Live!

What do you get when you pair 120 promising students, 12 amazing Servant Leader Interns, 10 certified teachers, and 1 fantastic school together? Year FIVE of our Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® Program in partnership with the Barack and Michelle Obama Academy! On June 10, we welcomed an auditorium full of bright minds for our signature 6-week summer literacy program, and things are off to a fantastic start.

Over the last 4 summers, 86% of students tested have maintained or increased their reading level through our Freedom School program. We anticipate an equally successful experience for students this year! Our program is stopping summer learning loss in its tracks and ensuring that students living in Peoplestown return to school prepared to achieve.

Want to join in the fun? Each morning, the program starts with Harambee, which is an activity that allows the students to pull together and get excited for a day of learning. We invite you to “pull together” with us. Click here to make a monthly contribution of $10 or more to help students reach their full academic potential.

Youth on the Move "Paint the Town"!

If you happen to pass the corner of Farrington Ave & Farrington Place in Peoplestown, you will see precisely how Youth on the Move has left its mark! It has been an eventful year for students in Youth on the Move, our out-of-school time program for middle and high school students. From community service at our local senior center, to countless hours of academic tutoring and engagement in a variety of enrichment activities including dance classes, this year’s participants can also add ‘muralists’ to their resumes.

With the support of the Director of Education Services, Ann Fowler, and the Program Manager, Rakia Reeves, students added a pop of color to their neighborhood by completing a gorgeous community beautification project. As the spring semester ends, our students can look to this beautiful final project as a visual representation of the many colorful experiences that made up another successful academic year at Emmaus House.

Emmaus House Seeks Canvassers to Work in NPU-V Neighborhoods

Emmaus House has created a Community Canvassing Program to promote workforce training and employment opportunities to residents of the NPU-V neighborhoods: Adair Park, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsville, Summer Hill, Peoplestown, and Capital Gateway. We seek to hire a Program Coordinator and canvassers from each neighborhood.

The Program Coordinator must be a resident of one of the NPU-V neighborhoods listed above. Applicant must be an ambitious, multitasker able to inspire team members to keep them focused and running smoothly. He/she needs to be able to work at their own pace and utilize their time effectively. The Program Coordinator will serve as Team Lead and will provide day-to-day oversight of administrative & operational functions to achieve program sustainability & success in accordance with defined targets, strategies, and goals. This role requires the individual to be organized, detail-oriented, and comfortable working in community with a diverse team. For more information, click here.

Canvassers must be residents of one of the NPU-V neighborhoods listed above. Applicants must be passionate and motivated individuals who can approach many different personality types and modify the canvass script to match each particular person. Canvassers must work at their own pace and maximize their time effectively. Canvassers need to be positive, polite, respectful, engaging, and good listeners. For more information, click here.

Remembering Father Austin Ford, Founder of Emmaus House

All of us at Emmaus House are saddened by the news that our founder, Fr. Austin Ford, passed away this weekend. Fr. Ford was a fervent champion of the residents of Peoplestown and the south side of Atlanta. He was an instrumental figure in the struggle for civil rights, advocating that all people, regardless of economic or racial status, deserved fair and dignified treatment. Fr. Ford established The Poverty Rights Office at Emmaus House – a powerful reminder that all people have rights, but that some people have to work harder to benefit from them. Fr. Ford worked tirelessly to give voice to those who often went unheard.

Today, Fr. Ford’s legacy lives on in all that we do. The Poverty Rights Office, now the Muriel Lokey Help Center at Emmaus House, continues to serve all comers with a variety of services, helping people to move toward economic stability. Our education programs help children and youth to succeed in school. None of this would have been possible without the courage, compassion, and vision of Fr. Ford. All of us at Emmaus House owe a debt of gratitude to him for teaching us what it means to translate the Gospel into tangible, transformational action.

We ask God’s blessing on all those who grieve Fr. Ford’s loss, especially the members of the Peoplestown community and all those who worked side-by-side with him to make the world a better place. May he rest in peace.

Fr. Ford will be cremated, and a memorial service will be held on September 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.

Read the articles below for more more information about Fr. Ford's life, work, and legacy.

Walk the Road to End Gun Violence September 16, 2018 - Save the Date!

We invite you to rally your friends, families, youth leaders, and church communities to “Walk the Road” with us on September 16, 2018. Walk The Road is an opportunity to learn, serve, and walk with our neighbors in Peoplestown as we explore the community’s experience living in the neighborhoods south of downtown Atlanta. This year, our theme is gun safety. 

Please save the date for an afternoon of service projects and a guided tour of our neighborhood. Before we march to the Capitol Building Plaza, clergy and advocates will share perspectives on gun safety and legislation. The afternoon will conclude with a community meal. We look forward to walking the road with you in September!

Freedom School Campaign Raises $21,185!

Thank you for pulling together for children in Peoplestown! The Emmaus House Freedom Schools® program at the Barack and Michelle Obama Academy provides a safe place for children to learn, grow, and discover ways that they can make an impact on themselves, their community, and the world. Our program was strengthened this year by dedicated BaMO teachers and staff who worked with our Emmaus House staff, including our education director, Ann Fowler, and our parent engagement manager, Tavon Betts!

We are incredibly thankful to our community of supporters who rallied together to make our campaign a success. A generous donor will match these donations, thereby doubling their impact! 

A special thank you to the following individuals and organizations who created fundraising pages to help us surpass our goal:
Bishop Robert C. Wright, Katherine Branch, Kei Breedlove, Christian Carrera, Claiborne Jones, Adam Seeley, In-Home Tutors, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, and St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church.

Fostering Family Leaders VIP

In 2017, we launched the Fostering Family Leaders (FFL) program with the support of the United Way of Greater Atlanta. This series of workshops focuses on strengthening leadership skills in our parents and families so that they can become leaders in their communities. Our first year of programming was a wonderful success and parents are excited to continue to build their leadership skills as peer mentors in the fall.

The United Way, in partnership with Sheltering Arms, found a special way to recognize FFL participants as V.I.P. Parents (Very Important Parent) for their leadership efforts throughout the year. A celebration in honor of our parents took place during the annual United Way and Sheltering Arms VIP Recognition Celebration hosted at the Loudermilk Center this month. Join us in celebrating the hard work of our parent leaders in Peoplestown! You can view more event photos here.