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. 

  

Todderick says the Georgia State University African American Male Initiative helped him learn leadership and social skills he needed to become an adult 

Todderick is a freshman in college, but he attended African American Male Initiative meetings during his junior year of high school. AAMI is an initiative funded through United Way of Greater Atlanta’s African-American Partnership “Build-A-Library” program.

AAP is a United Way of Greater Atlanta affinity group, and they help provide books and other learning materials for agencies across Greater Atlanta through Build-A-Library. APP celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with its fifth-annual Leadership Luncheon on Feb. 29, 2020.  

The partnership launched June 2000 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.  

AAMI helped Todderick become social and comfortable speaking to others. During his junior year of high school, Todderick got the opportunity to create his own graphic novel comic series. It was fun for him and it helped him become engaged with the program, he says. 

“One of my high points in the program was creating the graphic novel because I realized it created a way to talk about ourselves,” Todderick says.  

AAP gave him that opportunity to express himself. This is just one example of the thousands of lives impacted by your gift to AAP. You have the opportunity to help empower others like him to reach his full potential.  

To help others like Todderick prepare for college, join the African-American Partnership today. Email AAP@unitedwayatlanta.org to learn more. 

Trevion is the definition of a champion. 

Carita Jackson, associate executive director of the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA in Atlanta, knows Trevion well.

 Jackson says she’s known him for almost two years now, and in that time, she’s watched him “master the art of utilizing his pain to create gains,” Jackson says. 

 Trevion is involved in the African-American Partnership’s Build-A-Library program at the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA. AAP is a United Way of Greater Atlanta affinity group, and they help provide books and other learning materials for YMCA and other agencies across Greater Atlanta through Build-A-Library. 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.  

Those dollars go directly into this community and help other young men like Trevion become champions, too. Giving to AAP helps empower others to make change in their life and a difference in their community. Don’t you want to be a part of that change?  

 This program has put him in a position to teach his peers how to hold each other accountable for their actions, how to be young men and women of integrity and see how easy it is to be successful if you put in the work needed to attract success,” Jackson says.  

To help create champions like Trevion, join the African-American Partnership today. Email AAP@unitedwayatlanta.org to learn more. 

 

Akin participated in Raising Expectations Inc’s African-American Partnership program for the past two years — he even wrote a children’s book through the “Boys, Books and Brotherhood” initiative.  

 Akin is currently a student at Georgia State University majoring in computer science. 

The teenager titled his book, “I’m Possible,” and he’s embodied that theme during his first semester of college. United Way of Greater Atlanta’s African-American Partnership helped Akin write and publish his book.  

Over the years, 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. Currently, AAP has more than 1,000 members and raises more than $2 million annually.  

That money goes right back into this community to help other teenagers and young men like Akin. You can help others like him realize that nothing is impossible. You can give them those resources to achieve anything they set their mind to — to reach their fullest potential.  

Give back to your community and AAP, and you can help empower young men like Akin. Join the African-American Partnership today and email AAP@unitedwayatlanta.org to learn more.