02-28-2020 · African-American Partnership


Rashaud says he wants to be a rapper when he grows up.  

But a rapper needs a firm grasp on the English language. A rapper needs rhythm and flow. He knows that.  

That’s why he loves reading poems. The timbre and meter of those poems help him as he works on raps of his own.  

The middle-school student has been coming to The Villages at Carver YMCA for a while now, but a couple of months ago he started getting involved in the literacy program.   

Rashaud reads each day from 30 minutes to an hour, he says. When he goes home his grandmother makes him sit at the table and read, as well.  

“I like to read,” Rashaud says. “My grand-momma makes me read newspapers.”  

Rashaud participates each Thursday in the reading program that’s held at Carver Family YMCA. Rashaud gets exposure to the program and all kinds of booksSTEM materials and regular meetings to discuss possible careers, like a career in music, thanks to United Way of Greater Atlanta’s African-American Partnership.  

The grant money given to Carver helps improve reading, writing and critical thinking skills for students like Rashaud 

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. 

You can help open up a world of possibilities to students like Rashaud by giving to programs like AAP. Your donations directly impact students like him in your neighborhood. Do you want to be a part of that change and that impact?  

To help other kids like Rashaud, join AAP and emaiaap@unitedwayatlanta.org to learn more.