The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is proud to honor the Atlanta Police Foundation as our first-ever Nonprofit Partner of the Year. With a shared vision of investing in our youth and improving communities, the YMCA and the Atlanta Police Foundation have formed a partnership that will provide resources to youth to help them create a path to a promising, successful future.
“The primary focus of the Atlanta Police Foundation is to drive crime down in the city of Atlanta. We work closely with the business and philanthropic community — and of course, the mayor and chief of police — to put together programs and strategies that lead to a safer city,” says Atlanta Police Foundation President & CEO Dave Wilkinson.
The organization is based on a public-private partnership model that has proven to be highly effective in the prevention and reduction of crime. The Atlanta Police Foundation works to secure and leverage private resources to fund high priority projects designed to enhance the city of Atlanta’s ability to fight and prevent crime. Since the inception of the Foundation in 2003, crime in the city of Atlanta is down more than 50 percent.
The At-Promise Youth and Community Center is a cornerstone of the Atlanta Police Foundation’s youth crime reduction initiative. The first At-Promise Center is located on Atlanta’s Westside and plays an important role in the revitalization of this historic community. It is just a stone’s throw from the Y’s new association headquarters, the Leadership & Learning Center. The At-Promise Center on the Westside enrolled 347 young people in its first year, providing specialized programming for ages 12 to 24 that results in positive outcomes for both the participants and the community.
The Atlanta Police Foundation and the YMCA of Metro Atlanta are partnering to bring a new At-Promise Center to Southwest Atlanta. The Foundation’s third center will be located at the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA on Campbellton Road and will allow both organizations to better serve the needs of young people in the community.
“The Y’s partnership with the Atlanta Police Foundation makes so much sense because they have the same mission. The big picture is making Atlanta the very best it can be,” says Carol Cookerly, YMCA and APF Volunteer
The Y focuses on reaching children at an early age through programs and services based on our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, and helping people reach their full potential.
The Atlanta Police Foundation provides additional specialized services as young people get older and need support in finding the most positive path to a bright future.
The YMCA looks forward to working with the Atlanta Police Foundation for decades to come as we achieve our shared vision to build strong kids and safe communities.