Atlanta opens new youth center on city’s Westside

The city of Atlanta celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the At-Promise Center, 740 Cameron Madison Alexander Blvd. on Aug. 1. With nearly 600 people in attendance, officials are eager for the center to make its mark on the city.

The At-Promise Center is expected to change the lives of youth in Atlanta by bringing police and community partners together to create pathways to success for youth in a safe environment. Through five key specialty areas: education, recreation, social/emotional learning, mental health or workforce development, this facility is expected serve up to 150 youth and young adults ages 12 to 24 who reside on Atlanta’s Westside.

The community center will not only be a state-of-the-art learning facility with specialized services for youth, it is also a gathering place for residents, group activities and other purposes. Located in historic English Avenue, the center is envisioned as the cornerstone of the Atlanta Police Foundation’s youth crime reduction initiative.

Expected outcomes:

  • Decrease in youth arrests and recidivism by 10 percent annually
  • Increase officer/youth relations through enrollment in mentoring programs
  • Increase in youth employment based on job placement and vocational training
  • Improve community relations and mobilization
  • Increase in school attendance