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Atlanta Police Foundation and Atlanta Police Department broke ground on 17,000-sqft facility to focus on youth crime on Atlanta’s Westside through the support of the business community

(ATLANTA) – The Atlanta Police Foundation (APF) and the Atlanta Police Department (APD) hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for the At-Promise Youth Center. 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.

(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

What sets this center apart is the three-pronged approach to addressing youth crime in Atlanta. At-Promise brings police and community partners together to create pathways to success. This model focuses on three major areas:

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

It is often said by APD that you cannot arrest your way out of juvenile crime; and APF’s dedication to the At-Promise model will ultimately help reduce the number of young people who negatively experience the criminal justice system.

(Pictured Above): New design for the At-Promise Youth and Community Center

Located in historic English Avenue, investment in this center is an opportunity to participate in the revitalization efforts of the Westside. This 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. Through the leadership of Chris Carlos, our partnership with Carter, General Electric, Georgia Power and the Arthur M. Blank Foundation, we will bring the police, community partners and residents together to create pathways to success for youth in Atlanta.

Pictured L-R): Paul Bowers, Chairman, President and CEO, Georgia Power; Dave Wilkinson, President and CEO, Atlanta Police Foundation

(Pictured L-R): Russell Stokes, President and CEO, GE Energy Connections; Dave Wilkinson, President and CEO, Atlanta Police Foundation

Georgia Power presents a $500,000 gift to the Atlanta Police Foundation to help fund the operating costs of the At-Promise Youth Center

About the Atlanta Police Foundation – The Atlanta Police Foundation was established in 2003 to provide vital support to the Mayor, the Chief of Police and the Atlanta Police Department. The organization is based on a public-private partnership model that has worked to secure and leverage private resources to fund high priority projects designed to enhance the City of Atlanta’s ability to fight and prevent crime. As a result of the work of the APF, since 2003 there has been an increase in the number of police officers on the streets and an increase in the engagement of Atlanta’s business community and neighborhood residents in fighting crime. Additionally, the City has experienced a 58 percent reduction in the violent crime rate and a 41 percent reduction in crimes overall. Our programs are strategically focused to complement the Atlanta Police Department’s vision of becoming the safest, large city in America. We give high priority to programs that address the need for more police visibility and improved police operations. We also provide strategic counsel for the APD and aid in bringing private and public sector resources together for short and long range security planning for the City.