YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT SERVICES (YYAS)

Building pathways for health, wealth, and purposeful living

About YYAS

The ULGA Youth & Young Adult Services Division supports disengaged and disconnected youth, ages 16 to 21, who are out of school, underemployed, and/or not employed. Our goal is to provide them with resources that will help them tap into their talents and achieve their highest potential.
The League’s Youth and Young Adult Services programs succeed because an individual plan is developed for each client based on that client’s skills and goals and designed in collaboration with League experts. League program managers and college and career specialists have records of achievement in managing clients through successful programs in education, workforce development, re-entry, community organizing, housing security, financial management, and other fields.  

Our Programs

Young CEOs is an engaging 12-week program. Our objective is to educate, empower and encourage small business creation and development through coaching, consulting, and cultivating individuals with business aspirations. The program is tailored for young adults aged 16-24 who are interested in entrepreneurship. The sessions create interactive learning experiences in a robust, high-energy setting.  

We infuse lessons with insightful and relevant information related to the journey toward successful entrepreneurship. The Young CEOs is an immersive, in-person learning experience conducted over a 12-week period, featuring 3-hour sessions held twice a week (on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). The accelerated format enables participants to delve into a comprehensive curriculum, investing 48 hours in focused instruction. Additionally, participants benefit from an extra 24 hours of personalized one-on-one coaching.  

For more information, contact Rashidah Jones rjones@ulgatl.org  

The Reentry Program is unwaveringly committed to extending a lifeline to justice-involved young adults aged 18-24. Programming and support are driven by the belief that everyone deserves an opportunity for redemption and transformation. We are dedicated to equipping these resilient individuals with the essential tools they need to overcome the unique challenges they face, and, most importantly, to empower them to confidently and resolutely secure a brighter and more promising future. The program significantly contributes to preventing youth violence, thereby creating safer communities and civic minded young people seeking to bring positive change to their neighborhoods. 

Classes are held virtually on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m., and in person on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Atlanta Technical College.  

For more information, contact Darius Baker, Sr. dbaker@ulgatl.org  

The S.E.E.D. Program is a 16-week workforce and development program for young adults ages 18 to 24. Participants acquire the skills to secure employment, manage funds, and gain access to education, credentials, employers, and resources throughout the city. Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from Sept. 11 through Oct. 16, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

For more information, contact Antonio Sherrell asherrell@ulgatl.org 

The YouthBuild program is open to young people ages 16–24 who are ready to change their lives for the better. We navigate pre-apprenticeship certificate programs that can lead to careers in high-demand industries within Greater Atlanta. Sectors include Construction, Information Technology (IT), and Healthcare. We offer our clients work readiness courses, hands-on learning, and on-the-job training skills. 

For more information, contact Takiesha Bankston tbankston@ulgatl.org  

Project Ready prepares over 250 high school students to pursue career and other life goals after high school. It exposes 9th through 12th graders in Atlanta and Fulton County schools to various postsecondary educational possibilities, guides them through the college admissions process, and prepares them for success whether they choose college, the military or technical credentialing. Project Ready introduces students to a wide variety of career options, including entrepreneurship, and helps them map out a plan to reach their goals and achieve their dreams. Project Ready students meet during school hours Monday through Friday. 

For more information, contact Shenika Cowart scowart@ulgatl.org. 

The At Promise, At Work program offers a structured approach to job readiness and career advancement, through tailored skill-building and support services. Designed for 16 to 24 year olds, the key features of the program include mentorship, networking opportunities, job placement and college and vocational certifications.  
 
For more information, contact She’Reese Harris sharris2@ulgatl.org 

Meet Our Team

Kia James, Ph.D.
Director, College & Career Center  
Cedric Ward
Career & Employment Specialist
Shenika Cowart
Program Director  
Alexis Cheatham
College and Career Specialist
Corey Harris
Project Ready Coordinator 
Takiesha Bankston
Program Manager
Darius Baker, Sr.
Sr. Program Manager 
Charles Dayquon Strother
Career & Employment Specialist 
Rashidah Jones, MSW, PSM-I, CPCC
Sr. Program Manager
Chareese Hughes
Sr. Empowerment Advocate
Shayla Williams
Sr. Empowerment Advocate
Antonio Sherrell
Program Manager
She'Reese Harris
Program Manager

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