What does the word empact mean? It’s actually not a word. The topic of this blog is impact with an “i”. Impact could be mistakenly spelled using an “e” but if it doesn’t begin with an “i”, it’s wrong.
In order to make impact in the inner city of Atlanta, you must close the culture, language, geography and history gap.
Atlanta is in fact an international city but there is a lot of work to be done in order to make sure that our youth can lead the way into the future. There are hundreds of youth development organizations in Atlanta whose mission is to impact inner city youth.
Did you know that…
- The Atlanta Public Schools (APS) currently serves 51,000 students of which 80% of them live at or below the poverty level
- The high school graduation rate of African-American males in APS is 34% (2010 Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males)
- Youth from zip codes 30310, 30315, and 30318 grew up to represent 80% of the Georgia prison population (source FCS Urban Ministries). L.E.A.D. serves young men in all three zip codes
In order to make impact, you must close the geography gap that exists in Atlanta. Several families in the inner city of Atlanta are experiencing extreme hardship for various reasons. Without being able to relate to this hardship, often times “help” is offered in a less than dignified way.
Be sure to spell impact with an “i”.
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