2016 – 2020

  • AAP delivers books to select after-school programs, launching the Build A Library program.
  • The first AAP Leadership Luncheon raises funds for the Build A Library program.
  • Build A Library program evolves into Powering the Potential. AAP makes funding available to promote academic achievement through STEM projects.
  • AAP members are now offered professional development events and business resource group events twice a year.
  • AAP offers Mentoring Our Youth events to members and funding recipients to increase mentoring opportunities.
  • AAP Leadership Luncheon becomes the largest signature event in the history of United Way of Greater Atlanta.
  • Powering the Potential grows to 6 Build A Library sites, serving more than 430 youth multiple times a week, year-round.


2012 – 2015

  • AAP introduces the first year of AAP Champions – a cohort of well-respected C-Suite leaders who guide AAP’s efforts and champion the cause in and outside their companies.
  • Volunteers host a Back-to-School event at the Good Samaritan Clinic that zeroes in on healthy eating habits and diabetes awareness.
  • Annual AIDS walk continues.
  • AAP begins annual AAP luncheons during Black History Month; the first one was “Celebrating the Heroes Among Us”, a fireside chat with a trailblazing Montford Point Marine and Civil Rights activist.
  • AAP hosts “AAP Sunday Brunch: Empowering the Next Generation.”
  • AAP collaborates with YPL to host “United Way Night with the Hawks,” which included a panel discussion with industry leaders about careers in sports and entertainment, plus discounted tickets to the Hawks vs. Heat game.
  • AAP team participates in HBCU 5K Run/Walk.
  • AAP begins collaborating with various corporate employee resource groups and professional associations, including UPS and National Black MBA Association of Atlanta.


2008 – 2011

  • Comcast sponsors AAP member events around Atlanta to boost networking opportunities for members.
  • AAP grows to almost 600 leadership level members.
  • AAP hosts informative Black History Month events with special guests: Ambassador Theodore (Ted) Britton, Jr., a Montford Point Marine and a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, and John Thomas (J.T.) Johnson, a Civil Rights activist and participant of the St. Augustine Movement of 1964.
  • AAP continues to support AIDS awareness with a Member’s Brunch before the Annual AIDS Walk.
  • AAP members sort and pack food and supplies during flood relief at MUST Ministries.
  • AAP hosts the Back-to-School Health Fair at Good Samaritan Health Center Atlanta.
  • AAP hosts “AAP for a Healthy Community” reception at the W Hotel, featuring Dr. Christopher Edwards and Jovita Moore.
  • In collaboration with the East Point Summer Safety initiative, AAP develops and implements CHILL (Children’s Health Initiative for Learning and Leading) – a program that empowers girls to live thriving lives centered on health, wellness, and leadership.
  • AAP launches AAP Connections – a series of bimonthly networking receptions held at African-American owned venues and sponsored by Comcast.


2004 – 2007

  • African-American Initiative changes its name to the African-American Partnership in order to reflect the long-term goals of the organization.
  • AAP commits to raising $120,000 over two years in order to sponsor two different United Way Youth Initiatives: the Youth Individual Development Account and Summer Internship Programs. These would be the first of many programs focusing on Greater Atlanta’s youth.
  • AAP engages the faith-based community through Dr. Kenneth Lee Samuel and several participating churches, raising $15,000 during Sunday Services.
  • AAP engages 300+ individuals at annual AAP kick-off at the Atlanta Life Building, featuring national speaker, David Steward, CEO of World Wide Technology.


2000 – 2003

  • Johnnetta B. Cole, Conchita W. Robinson and Charles Stephens join forces to convene African-American leaders to positively impact the Greater Atlanta community. That undertaking is referred to as the African-American Initiative (AAI).
  • Cole gives 50 speeches in the community about the newly formed African-American Initiative in its first year of existence.
  • AAI doubles the number of Tocqueville Society level members from 19 to 38. More than 200 join at the Cole Society level.
  • The Coca-Cola Company sponsors the first of three “Blue Light in the Basement Party” to build grassroots community support for United Way.
  • AAI holds its first signature cause event, centered around AIDS awareness.