Police foundation opening third community center in Atlanta for youth development

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new At-Promise Center on Tuesday.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new At-Promise Center on Tuesday.

Credit: Courtesy/City of Atlanta

Credit: Courtesy/City of Atlanta

Atlanta is opening a third community center where young people from the area can receive education and resources and meet police officers.

The new Truist Andrew & Walter Young At-Promise Center, which will be run by the Atlanta Police Foundation, is located on Campbellton Road in southwest Atlanta, on the campus of the Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA. City officials gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.

“This is a place that I’ve always carried in my heart,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at the event, adding that she used to work out at that YMCA. “I know for this community, this At-Promise Center will mean so much.”

A rendering for the new center on Campbellton Road.
A rendering for the new center on Campbellton Road.

Credit: Courtesy/City of Atlanta

Credit: Courtesy/City of Atlanta

The police foundation opened the first At-Promise Center in 2017 in the English Avenue neighborhood, with services focused on youth education, professional development, mental health, recreation and relationship-building. The ultimate goal is to build community and keep young people out of the criminal justice system through positive interactions with police officers.

Last year, the Atlanta Police Foundation broke ground on a second center on Metropolitan Avenue in the Pittsburgh neighborhood.

Truist Bank donated $3 million toward the new center. A $1 million grant from the Campbellton Road Tax Allocation District, approved by Invest Atlanta, is also funding the construction of the 15,000-square-foot facility, which is expected to open at the end of next year, according to the city.

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