ATLANTA (WAOK)-Thanks to a  grant from Wells Fargo, Mayor Kasim Reed says he will able to dramatically expand a  program that is helping young students’ improve their academic performance.

The $1.5 million gift is the largest single gift to any group in Atlanta from Wells Fargo. The grant was presented to Mayor Reed today after he visited students at the Thomasville Center of Hope.The other Center of Hope is located in Adamsville.

“Wells Fargo’s generous commitment of $1.5 million strengthens our efforts to positively impact the lives of deserving children and families in neighborhoods across Atlanta,” Mayor Reed said. “We know that kids need safe, structured learning environments, and the Centers of Hope initiative has been making a tangible difference in the lives of young people at these two centers. Through after-school and enrichment programs supported by vital business partners such as Wells Fargo, we will be able to help transform young boys and girls into strong men and women.”

The programs are the models for after-school education for the city’s other recreation centers. Both centers are emphasizing not just academics but character-building, fitness, and service to the surrounding community. The two centers now serve more than 350 young people a week.

As part of Mayor Reed’s vision, the Centers of Hope program is designed not just to bolster academic and technology skills but also to encourage robust physical activities and the development of character-building traits, all in a safe, structured environment. The programs also help keep the kids from being vulnerable to gang recruiters and criminal activity. Plans for expansion, including service providers, are under development.


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