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Atlanta Cluster of The Links, Incorporated
in partnership with Atlanta Public Schools, Provide Support for Girls Academy:
The Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy -
100 Black Men Of America Provide Partnership for Boys School: The B.E.S.T. Academy at Benjamin S. Carson for Young Men
The Atlanta Public Schools recently inaugurated two single-gender academies in partnership with two local community service organizations. Reverend Bernice King, daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke at the event and told the students that “this inauguration is the beginning of a new period in their lives and they have been chosen to be leaders.” The Atlanta Cluster of The Links, Incorporated will support and serve The Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy and the Atlanta Chapter of 100 Black Men of America will work with the B.E.S.T [Business, Engineering, Science and Technology] Academy at Benjamin S. Carson for young men. These organizations will provide resources, mentors and supportive services toward the cause of saving our youth.
The school for girls will partner with the five Atlanta Chapters of The Links, Incorporated-the Atlanta chapter, Sadie Dennard, president; Buckhead Cascade Chapter, Gloria Patterson, president; the Dogwood Chapter, Alexis Scott, president; Magnolia Chapter, Mary Bailey, president; and the Azalea City Chapter, Joyce Hendricks, president. Sadie Dennard, convener of the Atlanta Cluster of The Links, Inc. said, “We are committed to this initiative and pledge our full support to the students at the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy.”
The Atlanta Chapter of 100 Black Men of America,
under the leadership of Darrell Fitzgerald, president, and Robert Haley,
immediate past president and initiator of the single-gender project, will
work with the school for boys. “The most important factor driving this resurgence
is the growing recognition that boys and girls learn differently. Educators
who understand these differences can inspire every child to learn to the
best of his or her ability,” said Mr. Haley.
Superintendent Beverly Hall called the launch of the schools one of the high points of her service at the Atlanta Public Schools. The schools will be run by the Atlanta Board of Education.
Each of the schools will have its own faculty and gender-based curriculum. Boys and girls will have opportunities to interact during co-curricular events and activities. The schools will open with the 6th grade; and each year another grade will be added until each school has students in grades six through twelve.
Providing mentoring and scholarship aid for boys and girls is not new to the 100 Black Men of Atlanta or the Atlanta Cluster of The Links, Inc. The Links provide documented annual volunteer hours spent mentoring boys and girls and have provided scholarship grants for well over forty years. The Atlanta 100’s Project Success is comparable to no other support group for young boys and girls through their efforts to mentor and pay college tuition for each of their Project Success students.
Other partners for the single-gender schools include Spelman College, Agnes Scott College, Morehouse College, Emory University, to name a few. Now that the 2007-2008 school year has begun, Links are being assigned three girls from the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy as mentees. Link mentors and mentees will meet at the school each month for lunch and discussions and all mentoring must be done at the academy. The Atlanta Cluster members are responsible for providing uniforms for all of the students, participating in mentor training and providing leadership programs for the school on a monthly basis. The school has an enrollment of 189 students; the goal is to provide each girl with a mentor.