It is hard to believe that the 4th Annual AAP Leadership Luncheon is almost here and I, for one, could not be more excited. Of course, I am looking forward to hearing from one of the most influential African-American artists of our generation, Common. This will also be a great opportunity for AAP members to network and share our signature cause with the Atlanta community.

We are offering guests a powerful networking tool. Did you know that once you’ve registered for the Luncheon, you can view the names of the other guests? Simply, use your email address and confirmation number to log in to log-in and select “Information” then “Attendees.” You can create a networking plan before the Luncheon!

At the Luncheon, we are counting on you to help “chat AAP up”. As a member, you know about, not only the many opportunities United Way creates for volunteerism, we are also raising money to fund our signature cause, Powering the Potential of African-American young men and boys.

Lastly, it is not too late to ask Common a question. Send your questions to aap@unitedwayatlanta.org and one or more may be included in the discussion the AAP Leadership Luncheon.

See you on March 2nd! #LeadWithAAP2019

Kind regards,
Stephanie Gloster
AAP Cabinet Chair

It is the season of thanks, and on behalf of United Way of Greater Atlanta African-American Partnership Cabinet, I would like to thank you for your continuous support to AAP’s mission of empowering our young African-American males and your commitment to your community and AAP.

As we transition into what is coming up next for AAP, it is with great enthusiasm that I share our keynote speaker for the 4th annual AAP Leadership Luncheon on SATURDAY, March 2, 2019: Common – American hip hop recording artist, actor, film producer and poet from Chicago, Illinois.  The AAP Cabinet has worked diligently to bring Common to Atlanta and we’re excited about the energy he will bring to our community agenda. Expect to hear details about his rise to the top across multiple entertainment genres as well as his philanthropic outlook on our shared passion of positively impacting youth will be brought to life at this year’s annual luncheon.

As we look ahead to an exciting future, it’s also important to acknowledge our fall accomplishments.  Earlier this month, AAP members and guest came together to support the 4th annual “Mentoring Our Youth,” Volunteer event.  Over the course of the evening more than fifty students from Price Middle School and Carver High School participated in a College/Greek Life workshop; a mock networking reception and small group discussion.  Feedback from both the students and school administrators confirms that we broadened their perspectives on colleges and careers along with furthering the possibilities of their future if they commit to studying hard now.  Special thanks to all of our volunteer mentors who made the event a fantastic success. Click here to see photos from the event.

Lastly, as we round out the month of November, please help us spread the word about AAPs service and leadership opportunities.  For those interested in beginning or renewing annual membership, please contact aap@unitedwayatlanta.org.

Happy Holiday Season to all!

Stephanie Gloster
Digital Business Integration Consultant, Accenture Applied Intelligence
AAP Cabinet Chair

“We live and work in a city with a heartbeat. A place where companies that do well also do good. Our streets tell the stories of how leaders in business, government, nonprofits and the media have uniquely intersected in Atlanta.

Just blocks from United Way of Greater Atlanta’s headquarters is a boulevard named after Pulitzer Prize-winning Atlanta Constitution editor Ralph McGill. Heading west towards the Center for Civil and Human Rights, that boulevard turns into Ivan Allen—former Atlanta businessman and mayor. Continuing into Atlanta’s historic Westside, this main artery in the heart of our capital city takes on the name of Joseph E. Boone, a Civil Rights activist who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

These are the legacies that play out throughout the neighborhoods of our 13-county metro area.

If you’ve read this far, chances are you share the same fondness for our region as the leaders who have come before you, and I want to invite you to find your own place in the United Way of getting things done. Since 1905, UWGA has been convening leaders to tackle complex community issues and drive sustainable improvements in the well-being of children, families and individuals.

The challenges are undeniable:

  • By 2040, the metro region is expected to add 1.59 million people
  • We have one of the highest rates of income inequality and rank far too high in the suburbanization of poverty.
  • Our children born at the lowest income level have just a 5% chance of rising to the highest income level in their lifetime which is one of the lowest rates of economic mobility in the country.

It’s our time to lead.

As the 2018-2019 chair of UWGA’s Young Professional Leaders, I can tell you our Advisory Board is devoted to engaging the next generation of leaders by cultivating a spirit of philanthropy, community advocacy, and volunteerism. We want to connect you with your community through volunteer service, grow your leadership capacity through professional development opportunities, and leverage your skills to create positive change.

Our Advisory Board is preparing to convene and plan an incredible year for YPL. Great things are in the works beginning this fall and culminating at another incomparable Night for a Brighter Tomorrow gala on May 3, 2019.

I hope you will join us.”
– Jennifer Grove