Atlanta Promise Neighborhood

credit, United Way of Metro Atlanta

The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and Morehouse School of Medicine have forged a unique partnership to work on a comprehensive community initiative known as the Atlanta Promise Neighborhood (APN).

The Atlanta Promise Neighborhood is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education that seeks to improve the educational achievement and healthy development of children in a 1.7-mile radius area west of downtown Atlanta. This community effort will serve children and families in Vine City, Washington Park, Ashview Heights, Bankhead, West End, Adair Park, Mechanicsville and English Avenue. The area was selected based on a need index that took into account income, education, housing issues, population density and signs of community distress.

The initiative is modeled on the America’s Promise Alliance, Harlem Children’s Zone and other programs designed to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of all children in the nation’s most distressed communities.

The federal stimulus grant process was highly competitive with more than 300 applicants. There were 21 grantees and two awarded in Georgia. The grant seeks to combine the efforts of five agencies’ place‐based programs: the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Choice Neighborhoods, which funds the transformation of distressed public and assisted housing into mixed‐income housing; the Department of Education’s Promise Neighborhoods, which funds cradle‐to‐career education initiatives; the Department of Justice’s Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program, which fosters partnerships between law enforcement agencies and community organizations; and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Health Centers, which provides free health care, psychiatric and addiction treatment to low-income communities.

Our campus can continue to be involved by volunteering to work with the YMCA, which is spearheading the fitness and health aspect of the Promise Neighborhood.

Most recently, staff from the Authority volunteered at MA Jones Elementary in the West End to conduct fitness assessments of 4th and 5th graders.