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Our Rotary Foundation at Work
Competitive District Grants Support Children and Seniors

Thanks to the generosity of District 6900 Rotarians, we have awarded three competitive $10,000 grants - to the Rotary Clubs of Buckhead, Columbus and Meriwether County. Each focuses on the needs of children and seniors in their communities. We will feature one in each of the next three newsletters - starting with Buckhead.

Agape’s young people and senior citizens currently have only indoor spaces to gather for activities and games after school and during the day. Their building is located in an industrial area of NW Atlanta. The Rotary Club of Buckhead will help Agape create an outdoor activity space with a turf field with their D6900 $10,000 Competitive Grant.

Agape is a charitable organization dedicated to empowering and supporting underserved families within its community by encouraging each individual to discover, embrace, and achieve their full potential.

Agape achieves its mission by providing academic support and family services focusing on character development, academic achievement, reading proficiency by third grade, successful high school graduation and post-graduation placement.

Agape serves 200 school-age children year round through innovative in-school and after-school academic support programs. They also provide 40 senior citizens a vibrant, social, safe space in their home community. Agape gives everyone a supervised, safe haven in the after-school programs. Students and mentors are often paired in elementary school and the relationship may last through high school graduation.

The average Agape high school senior has been enrolled at Agape for an average of eight and one half years offering a remarkable opportunity to influence behavior and perspective students who remain in Agape’s programs through 12th grade have a 98% high school graduation rate. Once graduated, 20% gain employment, 40% enroll in vocational school and 40% enter college. These students are the first in their families to ever attend college.

Agape has been selected as Buckhead's signature project for 2021-22. Pictured at the club's first meeting of the year, Club President Cathy Wilson LaMon and key note speaker Nell Benn, CEO of Agape Youth & Family Center.

Posted by Anne Glenn
August 5, 2020

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