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Jun 9 2017

Sports can play a meaningful role in neighborhood revitalization

Carol Naughton has been a leader in community revitalization for more than 20 years and was a founding staff member of Purpose Built Communities. As president, she leads the consulting teams that support revitalizations in 16 cities, as well as the teams currently vetting opportunities in additional cities, including several in metro Atlanta.
May 19 2017

How a Golf Course Is Reshaping a New Orleans Neighborhood

With unbridled enthusiasm, Jonathan Ashford arranged nine plastic foam cups around the rug of the Columbia Parc community center and sank putts on his makeshift course as if his dinner that night depended on it. A day earlier, Jonathan, 9, and his friends in the First Tee of Greater New Orleans, a program that introduces young people to golf, played three holes on the South Course at Bayou Oaks. It is a public golf facility that opened on April 21, several hundred yards from where Jonathan and his mother live. His days of having to putt into coffee cups are numbered.

Party on the Green

Inaugural Event Raises $480,000 for Early Childhood Education

The East Lake Foundation’s inaugural Party on the Green, held on April 29, 2017 at East Lake Golf Club, raised more than $470,000 to support the early childhood education initiative in the East Lake community. The event, presented by the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, honored the legacy of Tom and Ann Cousins for their vision and commitment to breaking cycle of poverty in Atlanta’s East Lake community and across the country through Purpose Built Communities now working in 15 additional cities.


Start:ME East Lake Graduates Third Cohort

Start Micro-Entrepreneur Accelerator Program (Start:ME) East Lake is proud to graduate the third cohort to participate in this intensive 14-week accelerator program for promising micro-entrepreneurs. The Start:ME Showcase is scheduled for May 4th at Agnes Scott College from 5:30 -8:30 pm. Learn more

The First Tee ® of East Lake

Drew Students Selected as The First Tee ® Scholars

Congratulations to Drew Charter School Golf Team Members Simone Obleton, Nydia Milton, and John Ali for being selected The First Tee Scholars! The First Tee Scholars Program, one of the highest awards in the network, is provided to participants who excel in academics, leadership, character development, and chapter and community involvement. Learn more

Drew Charter School

Elementary Academy Certified as Official STEAM School by the Georgia Department of Education

Drew Charter School Elementary Academy has been certified as an official Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) School by the Georgia Department of Education. Drew is the first school in the city of Atlanta to receive this designation, which was created to recognize institutions committed to providing high-quality educational opportunities in STEAM. Learn more