For our October Volunteer Project, the Brownieland Team volunteered with Agape Youth and Family Center by serving dinner through the Junior League of Atlanta’s JLA Serves weekend.
The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. (JLA) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. JLA Serves is a wonderful event created to help league members rally together for three days of impactful service at fourteen community partners across the metro Atlanta area. In addition to direct community exposure, the JLA Serves provides members with fun volunteer experiences, benefiting both the league and the community, as well as a chance to help brighten the lives of seniors, youth, and others in need!
Agape Youth and Family Center empowers and supports underserved families within its community to discover, embrace, and achieve their full potential. Agape achieves this 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. The Brownieland Team thoroughly enjoyed our time at Agape and our tour through their fantastic facility!
The Agape Youth and Family Center was founded in 1997. When the program started, Agape served 25 students, one day per week. Now, they serve almost 200 students, five days per week, for 32 weeks and over 60 students during the summer months. Agape’s weekly core programs reach nearly 250 people annually including: in-school and after-school academic support and enrichment for K-12 students at E. Rivers Elementary, Bolton Academy, Sutton Middle School and North Atlanta High School; RAGTime (Recreation, Activities and Games), a day enrichment program for senior citizens and disabled adults to keep them engaged; and summer camps offering reading and math enrichment, fitness education and character development. Additionally, Agape’s community-wide outreach initiatives provide resources for nearly 2,500 families each year, including supply-filled backpacks each school year (Great Backpack Giveaway) ; holiday gifts for disadvantaged families each year (Holiday Gift Store); new bedrooms for local children (Extreme Bedroom Makeover); and fresh produce for families weekly. Agape provides a safe space for learning enrichment, helping children to succeed academically and develop professional skills that level the field for higher education and career opportunities. Find out more about this incredible organization HERE.