Upcoming Important NPU-V Dates

Monthly NPU-V Meeting
August 13th, 7pm
Dunbar Recreation Center (477 Windsor Street)

NPU-V Public Safety Day Meting
August 14th, 5pm
Rick McDevitt Youth Center (1040 Crew Street)

NPU-V Zoning and Land Use Committee
August 20th, 6:30pm
Rick McDevitt Youth Center (1040 Crew Street)

NPU-V Film, Entertainment, and Special Events Committee
August 27th, 6:30pm
Rick McDevitt Youth Center (1040 Crew Street)

Dunbar Elementary’s First 5K Walk/ Run for Education

Dear Partners and Friends of Dunbar:

We cordially invite you to participate in our first  5K Walk and Run. This event will raise money to provide quality educational programming for students at Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School. The event will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. Your sponsorship will help defray the cost of organizing the event. Funds received from sponsorships are used to register students and parents and provide complimentary drinks and snacks for each race participant. The Georgia Federation of Public Service Employees (FPSE) will sponsor the first 100 participants from each school.  Our sponsorship is intended to cover students and parents who may wish to participate, but are unable to afford the fee.  Each school is guaranteed to receive at least $3,000 to the extent they recruit 100 participants.  We will receive 100% of the registration funds that have been collected from staff, parents, and partners.  All checks should be made payable to the Atlanta Partners for Education (APFE).  Once all funds are reconciled by APS, they will be promptly forwarded to each school to be used at the school’s discretion for the benefit of their students.

Attached is the updated “Hold the Date” flyer for Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School’s 5K Educational Run.  The registration form is also attached.  Please share with the members of your company and community.

Flyer: dubbars-5k_flyer
Registration Form: dunbars-5k-registration-form-9-22-18


Community Investment Fund Spotlight: Careers in Automotive Repair

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site supports the resident-led Community Investment Fund (CIF), which awards small grants to local leaders. This blog-post series highlights how recipients used their grants to improve the lives of young people and families in Atlanta’s Neighborhood Planning Unit V (NPU-V).

In this post, Larry Witherspoon, co-founder and executive director of the Automotive Training Center, shares how two CIF grants have helped expand career opportunities for young people in Southwest Atlanta.

The mission: The Automotive Training Center’s primary focus is employment, because it’s the number-one factor in preventing people from reentering jail or prison. We equip young people ages 15–25 who are on probation or at risk of incarceration with the skills and connections they need to start a career in the automotive repair industry. Beyond that, we work with them to instill three core values: confidence, work ethic and a passion for learning.

We want young people to leave the program with these three things and with the energy to focus their minds and bodies on everything they want to accomplish. These are smart, bright kids who just need someone to believe in them and help them see the gifts and talents they already have.

Program basics: Our eight-week entry-level technician program helps participants master everything from oil changes to tire replacements and vehicle inspections. Young people get hands-on experience with real customers, and they are getting an opportunity to earn money while they train for bigger career opportunities. When they complete the program, we connect them with dealerships and independent shops in the area.

We also have a drop-in program each Monday night specifically geared to local high school students. It’s an open learning environment where they can come in and get trained on whatever job we may be working on at that particular time.

Money matters: The CIF grant we received in 2014 was our first grant ever. At that time, Shawn McHargue, the other co-founder and the lead teaching instructor, and I were still working through the idea for the Automotive Training Center. That initial grant funding enabled us to buy the basic tools we needed and a trailer to transport them. We’d ride around to people’s houses and bring the students with us to service cars. Now, we have a two-bay shop where we can service four cars at once.

We used the second CIF grant in 2018 to launch an advanced training program in air conditioning and refrigeration service. It helped us purchase the equipment — which is very expensive — we now use to help students develop specialized skills that make them more marketable and give them the power to earn more money down the line.

Evidence of success: We’ve trained 40–50 students in the past four years. With the launch of our expanded programming, I think we will double that number. These young people are full of promise, and they just need the opportunity to hone and channel their talents. Seeing the lightbulbs begin to go off for them is a great privilege — it makes it all worth it for me.

Shawn lives in NPU-V, and I live next to it, so this really is personal for us.

The Community Investment Fund at a Glance

  • What: A Casey-funded program that awards a total $50,000 in small grants, ranging from $500 to $5,000.
  • Who and where: resident board oversees the fund, which is open to community-based organizations and networks in Atlanta’s NPU-V.
  • Why: To promote community-driven change by empowering residents to tackle common neighborhood challenges.

Learn more here: http://www.aecf.org/blog/community-investment-fund-spotlight-careers-in-automotive-repair/

Carter / Summerhill Development Job Opportunities

At their last update, Carter shared that this winter they’ll be hosting a community meeting on job opportunities for work associated with the residential, office, and retail that will be built on the Summerhill / Georgia State development site, and committed to work with tenants to source employees locally. If you know of any neighbors that are interested in earning a job with one of the new businesses, please send them this application link: http://npuv.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Summerhill-Job-Application.pdf

Z-18-83 IMIX Legislation

For discussion at the next NPU meeting:

Legislation was drafted to amend the City of Atlanta 1982 Zoning Ordinance to add a new Chapter 16A entitled “I-MIX (Industrial Mixed-Use District)” to Part 16 of the Code of Ordinances. The intent of this Chapter is to permit a mix of industrial and non-industrial uses in areas previously used for industrial, high density commercial, high density mixed-use, or office institutional purposes, and consistent with the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP). As drafted, I-MIX is considered a planned development and will become one of Atlanta’s quality of life districts created to accommodate residential and non-residential growth without losing land zoned for industrial uses in the process. This new Chapter ensures that development in this District is compatible with adjacent districts in terms of operation, scale and design. Properties zoned C-3 (Commercial Residential), C-4 (Central Area Commercial Residential), C-5 (Central Business Support), O-I (Office-Institutional), MRC-3 (Mixed Residential Commercial), I-1 (Light Industrial) and I-2 (Heavy Industrial) will be permitted to rezone to the I-MIX District.

More information can be found by clicking the following two links:

Z-18-83 IMIX Fact Sheet