ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10)  The Atlanta-based C5 Georgia Youth Foundation, known for its leadership development program, has opened doors for underserved youth.

“C5 Georgia Youth Foundation was started about 16 or 17 years ago by the former CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, John Alm,” said C5 Georgia Executive Director Jackie Cannizzo.

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It’s one of 34 organizations awarded the national 2021 Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Award. C5 Georgia ranked second in the country under the Education category, winning $225,000. “It’s gonna help us to expand into the Metro Atlanta area a little bit more,” Cannizzo said.

Morehouse student Brandon Wilson recommended C5 to the Chick-fil-A operator who nominated the organization. “In a million years, I didn’t imagine my little contribution would result in this great blessing to a program that has blessed me and given so much to me,” Wilson said.

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Chick-fil-A selected DuBois Integrity Academy in Riverdale as the S. Truett Cathy honoree, giving them a $350,000 award named after Chick-fil-A’s founder. The following Atlanta organizations won regional recognition:

  • Share the Magic
  • Agape Youth & Family Center
  • City of Refuge
  • Ethos Classical

“I’m just excited for the future of C5,” said Wilson, sharing his plans to become a Marine Corp officer, mentor other C-5 members and work in public service. “Maybe governorship or the Senate or hopefully one day, the Presidency.”

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C5 is making plans to continue on as a true inspiration – giving the next future leaders the tools to succeed.