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Our Mission

The East Lake Foundation provides the tools for families of The Villages of East Lake and students of Drew Charter School to build a better life for themselves and future generations through education, mixed-income housing and community wellness.

Community Revitalization

The East Lake Foundation helps families build better lives and children reach their highest potential through its holistic approach of:

  • Cradle-to-College Education

    From birth through high school, East Lake children have access to high-quality learning experiences.  Studies show that the longer children stay in our programs, the more likely they are to excel.

    • Charles R. Drew Charter School serves over 1,200 students from Pre-K through grade nine
    • CREW (Creating Responsible, Educated, Working) Teens
    • Drew Charter School Office of Extended Services
    • Scholarship programs
    • East Lake Early Learning Academy at the East Lake YMCA
    • East Lake Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Center
  • Mixed-income Housing

    At the center of the East Lake neighborhood are The Villages of East Lake, 542 market rate and affordable townhomes, villas and garden apartments.

    • Resident and Community Support Program provides economic stability and community engagement programs and activities.
  • Cradle-to-College Education

    From birth through high school, East Lake children have access to high-quality learning experiences.  Studies show that the longer children stay in our programs, the more likely they are to excel.

    • Charles R. Drew Charter School serves over 1,200 students from Pre-K through grade nine
    • CREW (Creating Responsible, Educated, Working) Teens
    • Drew Charter School Office of Extended Services
    • Scholarship programs
    • East Lake Early Learning Academy at the East Lake YMCA
    • East Lake Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Center
  • Community Wellness

    Providing the tools to live a healthy lifestyle is an important feature in the East Lake model’s success.  From physical activity to fresh produce, East Lake residents have opportunities to grow and thrive.

    • East Lake Community Learning Garden and Urban Farm
    • The First Tee® of East Lake
    • East Lake Family YMCA
    • Charlie Yates Golf Course
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Upcoming Events

Family Fun Fit Festival

April 19 - Volunteer for the Family Fun Fit Festival at the Villages of East Lake, our annual community health resource event to get families moving and connected to resources.  The event will include a variety of vendors and demonstrations for families.  We will offer a healthy kidzone, bouncers, and the annual egg hunt.  We need volunteers to help families get registered, help direct families to the various stations, vendor support, set up and clean up. The event is scheduled from 11-1 and we will need volunteers from 9am to 2pm. Please contact Elizabeth Kuney at [email protected] if you are interested in participating. 

Apr 19

2014 Golf-a-Thon

June 3 - The First Tee of East Lake Golf-a-Thon is back! Do you ever wonder how much golf you could play if you had the whole course to yourself? Looking for a great way to practice your swing?Join us as a Participant, Sponsor or Volunteer on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Chapel Hills Golf Club. Funds raised will benefit The First Tee of East Lake. Similar to a walk-a-thon, where individuals obtain pledges for each mile they walk, golf-a-thon participants solicit pledges and donations from friends, colleagues and family members and then play as many holes of golf as possible.The First Tee® of East Lake is a year round golf and life skills program that serves nearly 700 participants, ages 5 - 17, by providing golf instruction, equipment, tournament opportunities, and mentoring activities. Our chapter is unique in that it is neighborhood based - participants must attend the participants must attend the Charles R. Drew Charter School and/or live in the neighboring communities to participate. True to our motto “Golf With a Purpose”, The First Tee of East Lake strives to provide youth with the tools necessary to help them succeed on the course and in life.Click here to register! Presented by

Jun 3

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East Lake Foundation News

TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola announces $2.3 million raised for charity

March 28, 2014 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2014   CONTACTS:             Chris Reimer, PGA TOUR, 904.273.3286, [email protected] Allison Ritter, Hope-Beckham, 404.604....

Vice President Biden Tours East Lake Early Learning Academy

March 5, 2014 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Vice President Biden Tours East Lake Early Learning Academy A conversation about holistic community revitalization of poor neighborhoods across the United ...

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