“When Arthur Blank announced the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, he committed $15 million to community transformation in Atlanta’s historic Westside neighborhoods,” said Alison Sawyer, spokesperson for the Arthur M. Blank Family of Business. “As a component of this commitment, we met with and listened to residents on what they needed most to change their lives for the better. Jobs was that thing that residents felt could change the trajectory of their lives and their families’ lives.”
Since its inception two and a half years ago, approximately 80 students have graduated from the eight-week culinary program and found employment within the food service industry. Westside Works also has training and living-wage job placement in the construction, nursing and IT fields.