02-26-2020 · African-American Partnership

De’Marco shifts his weight to the front of his chair and slings the hood of his heavy coat over the top of his head, pulling down on the corners of a green beanie.  

De’Marcos a middle school student in Atlanta, and he’s a regular at The Villages at Carver Family YMCA. He’s been coming to that location for nearly four years now, but a couple of months ago, he got involved in a reading program that was held at Carver Family YMCA.  

De’Marco used to love coming to the YMCA to play basketball, hang out with his friends and “go to the vending machine,” he says with a laugh. But now he’s got another reason to come.  

For about an hour or so each Thursday, De’Marco gets to read with his friends other stories that interest him — he’s been developing a story of his own with a couple of his classmates, as well. 

“We’re gonna be able to write our own books sooner or later,” De’Marco says. He’s really looking forward to that.  

This program is made possible by United Way of Greater Atlanta’s African-American Partnership. The grant money given to Carver Family YMCA, helps students like De’Marco read, write and participate in STEM activities too.  

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 

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. 

De’Marco’s thankful for this outlet to tell his own story.  

“We get to write stories about what’s going on at school and what we’re going through,” De’Marco says. “I like it a lot. It’s joyful.”  

That’s what your gift to AAP can do.  

You can help more kids like De’Marco. Join AAP, and email aap@unitedwayatlanta.org to learn more.