On July 29, YMCA board members and staff gathered with The Chick-fil-A Foundation to celebrate the official ribbon-cutting of The Chick-fil-A Foundation Training Center at the brand new YMCA Leadership & Learning Center on Atlanta’s Westside. Made possible by a $1 million capital gift from The Chick-fil-A Foundation, this state-of-the-art training center serves as a hub for innovative professional development for Y staff and community members. The YMCA is proud to partner with organizations like Chick-fil-A that believe in investing in the people and programs that build strong communities.
As a Y-USA Regional Training Partner, the YMCA of Metro Atlanta provides professional development for Y employees from across the Southeast through our onsite regional training program. More than 4,000 Y employees will be trained each year on a range of topics from leadership development to the essential day-to-day skills Y staff need to provide our members and students with excellent experiences in education, wellness, and youth development.
The Y is also collaborating with community partners to create transformational change within our community through training opportunities. In partnership with Westside Works, the Y is offering job training programs for Westside residents, including Child Development Associate (CDA) credential training. Through this program, men and women can earn their CDA credential required to teach at early learning centers. To date, more than 50 individuals have completed the program and we plan to reach another 50 before the end of 2019.
The Chick-fil-A Foundation Training Center space includes two training community rooms, a computer lab, conference room, and a training gathering space. We envision this space to be a gathering place for the community and a resource that will contribute to workforce development on the Westside.
The YMCA Leadership & Learning Center is the first step in the HERE FOR GOOD Capital Campaign, which will allow the Y to provide access to all in Atlanta, regardless of background or circumstances.