Commissioners Approve Community Partnership to Assist At-Risk Youth | Print |

 Fulton County Commissioners are kicking off a community partnership  that will work with youth who attend Douglas, Carver, Maynard Jackson, Langston, South Atlanta and Westlake high schools and provide employment opportunities for Fulton County youth and young adults— ages 16-24.   The schools were selected based on criteria indicating that they were in areas with the greatest need.

Commissioners approved $1,000,000 to create the Fulton Youth Initiative during the Wednesday, June 7, 2017 meeting.   The vote addresses community concerns about juvenile crime and the absence of job opportunities for youth.   Funds for the Youth Initiative will be used to address three categories involving youth at risk.

  • Prevention - At risk youth living in areas with low educational, economic, and social outcomes
  • Intervention - At risk youth who have failing grades, truancy, repeat disciplinaryactions and behavioral/social issues
  • Rehabilitation - Adjudicated youth who are in the court system and at-risk of becoming repeat offenders or career criminals

“The Fulton Youth Initiative focuses on four priority service areas, “said Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves. “These focus areas include providing economic access by establishing education to employment pathways for disconnected youth, increasing communications outreach, providing social and emotional learning programs that support quality out-of-school time, and ensuring safety and justice by providing young people with alternatives to unhealthy behaviors,” said Eaves.

“The Youth Initiative will obtain services through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, which will solicit services from qualified community-based non-profit organizations with proven prevention, intervention and rehabilitation services,” added Frankie Atwater, Director of the Housing and Community Development Department.  A total of $500,000 to $750,000 is set aside to support the Initiative and organizations are limited to submitting one proposal. The maximum amount issued per contract will be $50,000 with a minimum of $25,000.     Organizations that submit proposals must indicate expected outcomes that align with minimizing the risk factors.

The Fulton Youth Initiative program will jump-start the partnership with a focus on paid summer internship opportunities. The Summer Jobs Internship Program will provide tangible work experience in a wide range of career fields to youth ages 16-24.   Participation in the program will be on a first-come first-serve basis.   Three hundred (300) youth will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Internship opportunities hosted by government employers, private sector employers, the non-profit sector and community based organizations (CBO’s). with Fulton County and external employers.

In order to participate, youth must be:

  • Between the ages of 16-24,
  • A Fulton County resident,
  • Live in the targeted districts *        
  • Eligible to work in the United States,
  • In school and/or currently unemployed,
  • Available between June 15 and August 1,
  • Able to work for five (5) consecutive weeks (150 hours) 30 hours per week.

The deadline for applications will be June 20, 2017.   For more information about the Fulton Youth Initiative, call the Housing and Community Development Department at 404-613-7944alt or visit

* Location Information for Targeted High Schools is in attached document

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