02-25-2020 · African-American Partnership

Antonio had “some hiccups” toward the end of 2018, but he wasn’t going to let these missteps define him. 

The teenager has been involved with Raising Expectations Inc. (RE) for the past two years, says Tangee Allen, executive director of Raising Expectations. RE teamed up with United Way of Greater Atlanta’s African-American Partnership to help others in Greater Atlanta like Antonio.   

AAP helped provide books and other learning materials for different locations across Greater Atlanta through the Build-A-Library program. APP celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with its fifth-annual Leadership Luncheon on Feb. 29, 2020.  

The partnership 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  

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.  

Through RE’s program, Antonio wrote a book he called, “It was sooo easy,” and Allen says this became a catalyst in his life. 

Antonio got to see a book he created from start to finish. It encouraged him at school and he excelled academically because of that. Antonio has begun to “reclaim his narrative,” Allen says. In January, Antonio became a junior mentor to RE’s fourth-grade students.  

You can help other students like Antonio find their narrative, find their passion and it doesn’t take much to help make a drastic change in this community.  

In fact, it’s “sooo easy.”  

You can help other students like Antonio by joining the African-American Partnership today. Email AAP@unitedwayatlanta.org to learn more.