02-24-2020 · African-American Partnership


Donald is enthusiastic about reading. But it hasn’t always been like this.  

Now, Donald is eager to share with his friends the books he is reading during discussions at Welcome All Recreation Center in Atlanta.  

Donald is a middle schooler in College Park. He got involved with an after-school program through Atlanta CARES that uses books provided by United Way of Greater Atlanta’s African-American Partnership’s “Powering the Potential” grant.  

When you join AAP, you help provide books and other materials for Atlanta CARES and other locations across Greater Atlanta through its Build-A-Library program. 

AAP launched June 2000 under the African American Initiative moniker by Conchita Robinson and Charles Stephens with the purpose of increasing financial participation and volunteers from our community — there was also this real desire to make United Way’s donor base more reflective of the demographics in Atlanta where they serve. 

AAP is open to donors with shared affinities for philanthropy, leadership and service, and members of AAP donate $1,000 a year or more to United Way of Greater Atlanta.  

Donald was immediately drawn to graphic novels and he says this is the genre he prefers.  

“I have noticed tremendous improvement in Donald’s writing skills when he completes his ‘Response to Literature’ forms during our literacy sessions,” says Executive Director of Atlanta CARES Brenda Coleman. “I attribute his improved writing skills and his ability to become a fluent reader to his involvement in our Powering the Potential Program.”   

This is what happens when you give to program’s like AAP. You can help give a young man a love for reading. It doesn’t take much to change someone’s story and empower them to reach their potential.  

To help other young men like Donald improve their reading and writing skills, join the African-American Partnership today. Email AAP@unitedwayatlanta.org to learn more.