October 2015 Around Town 2

100 Black Men of America Visits  Fulton Leadership Academy

The South Metro Chapter of 100 Black Men of America made its first visible presence at Fulton Leadership Academy (FLA) in East Point, Georgia. Principal Doug Ward states, “We continue to build relationships with community stakeholders interested in working with FLA. President Kevin Bean of 100 Black Men of South Metro proposed a partnership to support academic programs at FLA. The organization even included FLA on a grant request that upon approval will expand more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) opportunities to our school. The project will bring science professionals to classrooms to meet, lecture, and mentor our scholars. It also will increase field trips that expose scholars to science careers. The 100 is also a POSSE Scholarship nominator and has offered us the opportunity to select one of our scholars to be the recipient of the program as one of their partner schools. POSSE Scholarship recipients receive a four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarship from Posse’s partner institutions of higher education. The schools are Boston College, The College of Wooster, Brandeis University, Texas A&M University, Syracuse University, and Bard College.”

Kevin Bean, president the of the South Metro chapter of 100 Black Men of America says, “Education is critical to the success of our youth, and our mission today is to establish partnerships with targeted South Metro Schools. In these partnerships, we will assist with programs identified by schools and create opportunities that will have an impact on student achievement. Our presence on today sets the stage at the very beginning of the scholastic year. Boys are like sponges, absorbing and mimicking what they see, hear and even read. It is our duty to stand in the gap so they don’t have to mimic the wrong sources. If they don’t have proper male role models to emulate, these boys will mirror the next closest thing.”

Men of the 100 were seen greeting the young men as they exited the buses; helping the boys tie their ties; advising them to tuck their shirts in and instructing them that image matters and they should present themselves appropriately as they entered the school. The motto in the 100 is “What They See Is What They’ll Be.” For more on the partnership, visit 100BlackMenSouthMetro.org.

Anthony Flanagan Memorial Recreation Center Renovated

Mayor Kasim Reed and the Department of Parks and Recreation celebrate the  newly-renovated Anthony Flanagan Memorial Recreation Center in Southwest Atlanta

Mayor Kasim Reed, Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Amy Phuong and Atlanta City Councilmember C.T. Martin held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for the newly-renovateThe South Metro Chapter of 100 Black Men of America made its first visible presence at Fulton Leadership Academy (FLA) in East Point, Georgia. Principal Doug Ward states, “We continue to build relationships with community stakeholders interested in working with FLA. President Kevin Bean of 100 Black Men of South Metro proposed a partnership to support academic programs at FLA. The organization even included FLA on a grant request that upon approval will expand more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) opportunities to our school. The project will bring science professionals to classrooms to meet, lecture, and mentor our scholars. It also will increase field trips that expose scholars to science careers. The 100 is also a POSSE Scholarship nominator and has offered us the opportunity to select one of our scholars to be the recipient of the program as one of their partner schools. POSSE Scholarship recipients receive a four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarship from Posse’s partner institutions of higher education. The schools are Boston College, The College of Wooster, Brandeis University, Texas A&M University, Syracuse University, and Bard College.”d Anthony Flanagan Memorial Recreation Center. Anthony Flanagan’s family, including his widow Rosalyn, and community members were also present to celebrate the reopening of the facility.

“Anthony Flanagan was an exemplary athlete and committed mentor to Atlanta youth,” says Mayor Reed. “The newly-renovated recreation center now stands up to its name by offering after-school programming, a new computer lab and job training resources. I’m certain residents in Southwest Atlanta will utilize this center for years to come with great pride.”

Upgrades to the center include: green building features; a roof replacement; new external bathrooms accessible to tennis count users; new ADA handicap-access ramps; a new computer lab; additional parking; and expanding the center by 1,100 square feet.

“The opening of this refurbished recreation center marks another important commitment fulfilled by Mayor Reed,” says Councilmember Martin. “This center will provide valuable resources for the community, especially our seniors and youth. I want to personally thank Mayor Reed for his vision and steadfast determination to make this possible.”

“The Department of Parks and Recreation has worked closely with the West Manor community to ensure the renovations to this center truly met their needs,” says Commissioner Amy Phuong. “We heard them loud and clear, and we believe the investments made to Anthony Flanagan Memorial Recreation Center will play a central role in the growth and continued sustainability of this community for a long time to come.”

This past year, the Department of Parks and Recreation acquired an additional 171 acres of land, which included 14 new parks. This additional greenspace resulted in increasing the percent of Atlanta residents living within a half mile walk of a park from 50 to 64 percent. In addition, the department has raised more than $5 million to open 10 Centers of Hope, high-performing recreation centers with enhanced youth development programming.