The Winners of the United Way SPARK Award are Doing Good in Your Neighborhood
Through the SPARK Prize competition, United Way funds small grants to provide incentives for cooperation and social advancements for nonprofits, community and business groups. Each regional event allows out-of-the-box thinkers to present their innovative ideas to address the needs of children and families in their own communities. It’s a pleasure to present the winners for the South Fulton area.
$15,000 Winner Helena-Kelleese Smith
Helena-Kelleese Smith is the founder of Serve Community, LLC, a consulting agency that helps start-up nonprofit organizations with resources in the areas of youth development programming and curriculum, funding, brand development and field marketing. Helena-Kelleese is also the founder of Serve.Co ATL, Inc., a community service organization that implements programs throughout Atlanta focusing on youth development engagement in their communities. She recently received the United Way Spark Prize award to implement one of Serve.Co’s programs in the South Fulton area, the Teen Lifestyle Clinic, a push in and pop up resource center for high school students.
$1000 Winner Felecia Williams
Global Foundation for Dental Healthcare and Awareness, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides free medical and dental services to underserved individuals in the United States and West Africa. Their mission is to improve and maintain good oral and overall health to individuals that would otherwise not have access to care. Services consist of cleanings, sealants, fluoride, fillings, extractions, oral cancer screenings, oral hygiene education, blood pressure and blood glucose education and monitoring. GFDHA has partnered with Title I schools and Assisted Living Facilities in DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties to care for the vulnerable citizens in need of healthcare.
$1,000 Winner Drew Ragland
The 5 Strong Scholarship Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2014, with the mission to help increase the Retention and Graduation Rates at HBCUs. 5 Strong was founded by longtime public school educator/school counselor Andrew H. Ragland.
5 Strong partners with a select group of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to provide full scholarships and ongoing mentorship and support to promising student leaders in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. The Partnering HBCUs provide the scholarships and 5 Strong provides the support from “Matriculation to Graduation.”
Students that are interested go through a three-round interview process. Once selected, students attend mandatory College Ready Prep Sessions, where they learn things they need to know prior to matriculation that will aid in their success. The scholars are doing remarkable things! 5StrongScholars.org
$1,000 Winner Rozell Green
Rozell Green is the founder and executive director of Another Chance of Atlanta. They provide housing and support to families and homeless individuals. Green believes the youth are critical to win the war on opioids and other substances that are robbing communities of the best and brightest. Let’s replace negative behavior with positive activities among young people. They started an After School and Summer program focusing on improving reading skills. “If you can read,” she says, “You can improve your thinking and your options in this world.”
$1,000 Winner John Kennebrew
Showcase Group aims to highlight the positive attributes youth can contribute to society while working toward the psychological and behavioral growth of youth intermittently. The organization is about meeting youth where they are and gearing their mindset toward positive change through creative therapeutic interventions. Five pillars of success: Prevention, Inspiration, Community Engagement, Self-Actualization and Forming a Group Home ensure a bright future for youth.