Agape is a 501c3 nonprofit organization serving a community which includes more than 2,000 school-age children from under-served families. Agape serves 200 children each day, providing after-school programming and family services which focus on character development, academic achievement, reading proficiency by third grade, high school graduation and post-graduation placement. Since 2009, high school seniors enrolled at Agape have had a 98% graduation rate. Current programs include:
The After-school for Elementary and Middle School Program include tutoring, mentoring and homework assistance, character development and accountability, educational and recreational activities and field trips, Georgia Milestone Prep, physical fitness and family involvement, and a healthy dinner each day.
After homework, each student is fed a healthy, nutritious dinner and brought home to their doorstep. The students in this program are 90% Hispanic / Latino and 10% African American. 100% of the students served to qualify for free or reduced lunch at school as per Atlanta Public Schools.
GINGER KANEY MENTORING INSTITUTE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
The GKMI is a readiness program for high-school students that promotes graduation from high school, while teaching life skills, expanding social development, and ensuring exposure and access to post-secondary options.
Staff for the high school program focuses on successful graduation and post-graduation planning and placement. Since 2009, the graduation rate has been 98%. After graduation, 20% gain employment, 40% study in vocational school and 40% enter college.This program addresses several important issues regarding teen development and potential barriers towards their success, by providing:
P.R.E.P. (Preparing to Receive Educational Power) Speaker Series
Summer Internships & Jobs
College and Career Connection-Alumni Support
RAGTIME: DAY PROGRAM FOR SENIORS
RAGTime (Recreation, Activities and Games) is a day program offered to senior citizens and disabled adults in the community. There are 61 local residents enrolled in the program with 35 attending on any given day. And in partnership with the Carl Sanders YMCA, seniors participate in water aerobics and other physical fitness activities two days a week.
This program keeps local seniors and potential shut-ins socialized, active and vibrant!
Program components include:
Arts and crafts, socialization, field trips, informative workshops and bingo.
Agape also provides free transportation to and from the program.
Extreme Bedroom Makeover
In learning more about our families, Agape discovered that many of the children in our programs had little to no furniture at all. Agape’s Extreme Bedroom Makeover began in 2010, with volunteer teams providing new paint, new bedrooms and a whole new outlook for 196 children in need and counting! EBM has won the Carl V. Patton President’s Award for Community Partnership from Georgia State University.
Sponsoring volunteer teams paint and decorate the bedrooms of children living in an impoverished area of northwest Atlanta, most of whom have never had their own bed before.
Great Backpack Giveaway
Each year, Agape collects and distributes new backpacks filled with school supplies for 2,400+ under-served students in the community. We hope to team up with you, again, this year to make this event a huge success. Volunteer sign-ups will begin in June and companies who sponsor will have a pre-designated number of slots. Once you sign up in June, you will be contacted by the first week in July with further details.
Over the summer Agape provides 8 weeks of enriching summer camp experiences. Camp JumpSmart is an academic preparatory camp for rising Kindergarten-2nd Graders focusing on reading comprehension and math basics. Go Girl Go & FIT Camp are our two sport camps for girls and boys rising into 3rd grade-7th grade. Camp Elevate is our teen camp through which our teens experience outdoor adventures, college tours, and participate in finance & entrepreneurship courses.
We serve lunch to each of these camps during the summer Monday through Friday in the same shift style as we serve dinner to schools during our after-school programs and need volunteer help to make this happen.
Holiday Gift Store
Join us for the annual Agape Holiday Gift Store which in partnership with you, provides gifts for over 600 children from under-served families each year. Our gymnasium will transform into a winter wonderland store staffed by volunteers for two days of “shopping”, gift wrapping, holiday music, cheer and most of all hope.