ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) – Atlanta city officials celebrated the opening of a third At-Promise Center during a ceremony Thursday. It’s where young people who have strayed from the beaten path can find new life, and it pays tribute to two legendary community activists.
Officials cut the ribbon on the third location, naming it Truist Andrew and Walter Young Family At-Promise Center. The state-of-the-art 5,000 square foot learning center will give more young people a second chance. The Atlanta Police Foundation partnered with the Metro Atlanta YMCA and the Truist Foundation to build the facility, which honors namesakes who have served the community.
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“The At-Promise Center will be one of the important bridges that will help people overcome,” said former Atlanta Mayor and United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young.
“I am so happy to be able to serve and I hope I can live up to the honor of having my name mentioned here,” said his brother, Dr. Walter Young.
The center is part of an initiative against youth crime, building relationships between the police and the community. “When you walk into this building, you see this family here interacting with children who otherwise might not have mentors in their lives,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said, referring to the Young family.
“It’s really about this daily inspiration of being inspired by seeing great things happen, great leaders leading,” said Dave Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Atlanta Police Foundation.
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Chloe Brown shared her experience as a member of the My Journey Matters program at the At-Promise Center.
“I was arrested for armed robbery and then released and placed on probation,” she said. The center gave him a whole new start. “I passed three of my GED tests, and am currently working to get my GED, and I just want to thank the At-Promise Center for all you do.”
Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant echoed the mayor’s sentiments regarding the center.
“We know that when you have promise, you have hope, and that hope is for the generations of these young men and women who don’t have hope right now,” Bryant said.
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