Atlanta Youth Image After School
Organized by: Modern Home Concepts
In the United States, today, as many as 15 million children leave school, with no place to go. Everyday they are left on the streets, they become more and more susceptible to join gangs, or experiment with drugs, alcohol or sex.
I.M.A.G.E. After School is a nonprofit organization in the Atlanta community that offers a structured program for off school hours, such as after school and summer break. This type of program is exactly what these children need, offering constructive, educational and recreational activities, allowing the full potential of every individual be realized.
Over the past few years, the facility has been broken into, vandalized, robbed and destroyed dozens of times. They have stolen everything from tables to chairs, computers used for educational purposes, and even the food stored for after-school snacks. As of today, I.M.A.G.E. has installed plywood boards over the eight windows around the facility. This is a disparaging look for a child, to have to finish a full day of school and be met by a fully enclosed, depressing, abandoned and forgotten looking facility. Youth programs are supposed to be bright and inviting, happy, imaginative and welcoming. Why should the children of this community be constantly reminded of the crime and vandalism of this world, when they all they should be worried about is who’s turn it is on the slide?
When Modern Home Concepts was given this information, by a request to install burglar shutters on the windows, that can be opened during the day, and locked at night, We instantly decided that it should be done at no cost to the organization. We are requesting funding for this project, and want to go above and beyond just installing the shutters. The playground is bare dirt, and when it rains, a mud puddle. Installing a standard playground mulch would solve this problem completely, and make a huge impact on the aesthetics of the grounds. We have projected the cost of material, and will do all of the installation, and labor, including; project management, site set up, preparation and clean up. This is something that needs to be done quickly and efficiently, and we are dedicated to accomplishing this project as seamlessly as possible to the organization.