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Investors Academy’s Youth Training Program Imparting Life Skills and Job Training for Local Youth in Atlanta

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Expanding The Investors Academy services to support more teens and young adults, the nonprofit's Youth Training Program shares life skills, on-the-job training and financial literary skills for youth ages 15 to 24. In its second summer, the program has been funded by the Fulton County Government, with partners including the City of Atlanta, Thinkzilla Consulting Group announced today.

Designed to give teens and young adults meaningful employment and real-world experience, The Investors Academy Youth Training Program combines the rigor of higher learning and adulthood in a skills-based summer apprenticeship. Every participant has the opportunity to expand job skills while also learning how to save and invest their earnings.

"Our mission is to support underserved individuals on their pathway to self-sufficiency through meaningful hands-on job training through this program that provides education, employment, and the critical financial resources and life skills that are needed for success in their next stage," said Montra McKenzie, CEO of The Investors Academy. "We are thrilled to expand opportunities this year and reach even more community members interested in learning new skills and realizing new goals."

In particular, the summer apprenticeship provided hands-on warehousing skills, pallet jack training, safety training, OSHA training and certification.

About The Investors Academy:

Established in 2015 as a resource to support investors and parolees, The Investors Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that offers a safe space for the community. The Youth Training program was developed to offer teens and young adults' meaningful employment, financial literacy and life skills.

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Santa Ana High School Students Get Mentorship Boost from CDF Labor Law for 10th year

IRVINE, Calif. -- Two high school juniors, from low to moderate income families in Santa Ana are about to get a significant boost to their career path from CDF Labor Law LLP, a California-based labor, employment, and immigration law firm who will sponsor them for an eight-week, paid internship. This is CDF's 10th year participating in Project SELF mentoring program of at-risk youth.

Project SELF was established in 1995 by the Project Youth, Orange County Bar Foundation and the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators with the goal to offer at-risk high school juniors, from low to moderate income families in Santa Ana, the opportunity to complete an internship at a law firm or law-related business. Project SELF works to reduce the risk of juvenile delinquency by providing youth with positive alternatives for spending their summers, access to professional and career environments they would not otherwise be exposed to, and the support of positive adult mentors.

"CDF has seen the positive impact Project SELF has on our local youth and we are proud to continue to provide high school students with mentorship and professional development opportunities." said Firm Managing Partner, Marie DiSante.

"We are thankful for CDF's continued partnership and support over the years," said Nancy Garcia, Associate Director at the Project Youth OCBF. Law firms like CDF help shape the future of our local youth by participating in this life-changing Program."

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About CDF Labor Law LLP

For over 25 years, CDF Labor Law LLP has distinguished itself as one of the top labor, employment, and business immigration law firms in California, representing employers in single-plaintiff and class action lawsuits and advising employers on related legal compliance and risk avoidance. At CDF, diversity, equity and inclusion have been the bedrock of the firm since its inception. Our recruitment and retention programs are aimed at increasing diversity within our firm and in the legal profession.

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The Arts Empowerment Project Awarded A 2021 Women’s Impact Fund Grant

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Arts Empowerment Project has received $63,000 from Women's Impact Fund for their 2021 Arts & Culture Grant. The grant was announced at the annual meeting of the Women's Impact Fund which was held virtually on May 10, 2021. Grants were awarded to five local non-profits in the areas of Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health, and Human Services.

he Arts Empowerment Project believes in the transformative power of art to heal and inspire children impacted by violence, neglect and abuse. Through their six flagship programs and collaborative partnerships, they are working to break the cycles of violence and trauma through arts opportunities that ignite change in vulnerable youth. Using the arts as a vehicle, The Arts Empowerment Project provides experiences that broaden horizons, foster resilience, and build essential life skills for the at-risk and court involved students they serve.

The Women's Impact Fund's investment and partnership will allow them to advance their work by scaling their programs to reach more of the 10,000 children in Charlotte who need support now more than ever. They will now be able to expand their infrastructure and support the transition to virtual formats whenever possible, which will increase the number of students served in grades K-12.

"On behalf of The Arts Empowerment Project, we are incredibly grateful for this generous award and so honored to be the Women's Impact Fund's Arts & Culture Grant recipient for 2021. The affirmation we received as the selected grantee represents the understanding that for so many children, art is a refuge. It is also a pathway to a new day and new opportunities. Vulnerable children in our community must do more than just survive, they deserve the opportunity to thrive," said Natalie Frazier Allen, Founder and CEO of The Arts Empowerment Project.

"We are excited to award a grant to The Arts Empowerment Project for Arts & Culture Grant," said Patricia Massey Hoke, Executive Director of Women's Impact Fund. "Our members were compelled by The Arts Empowerment Project's work to serve the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to our collaboration."

About The Arts Empowerment Project:

The Arts Empowerment Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded by Natalie Frazier Allen, an attorney and child advocate in Charlotte, NC and former Chief of the Domestic Violence Unit in Washington, D.C. The organization's mission is to break the cycles of violence and trauma through arts opportunities that ignite change in vulnerable youth. Their programs help youth develop coping mechanisms when faced with adverse childhood experiences, including domestic violence, community violence, police violence, and the myriad of traumas impacting children and families living in poverty in underserved communities. In 2020, they provided over 100 hours of art experiences to over 500 youth in Mecklenburg County. For more information, visit

About Women's Impact Fund:

Since 2003, Women's Impact Fund has amplified the significant role women play in philanthropy. Its mission is to strengthen communities by maximizing women's leadership in philanthropy through collective giving, education, and member engagement. With approximately 500 members, the organization has emerged as one of the largest women's collective giving groups in the country and continues to create powerful change within Mecklenburg County. To date, Women's Impact Fund has made 89 grants totaling more than $6.4 million. For more information, visit


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Bunk 57 Ministries Receives a $40,126 grant to reshape the lives of Minority Young Men

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bunk 57 Ministries has received a $40,126 grant from the Mecklenburg County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council to fund its Youth Discipleship Program for minority youth, young men ages 12-17.

Bunk 57 Ministries is a non-profit organization serving the metro Charlotte area. The "Youth Discipleship" program partners young men ages 12-17 with a mentor that will take them through a 12- month mentoring program with a holistic approach.

The JCPC Grant will be used to provide one on one mentoring including group growth sessions, community service projects and educational and social excursions.

"We are excited to expand our efforts to transform the mindset of young men headed down the wrong path. The JCPC grant helps with training materials and the resources and personnel needed to support both mentors and program participants. Our mentors will work with our young men to focus on their mental, social, emotional and spiritual well-being in addition to academia," says, Ira Lawrence, Founder of Bunk 57 Ministries.


Bunk 57 Ministries diverts youth from the school to prison pipeline, provides faith-based media through hip-hop and cinema projects and advances successful re-entry using faith-based practices through education, training and discipleship.

Bunk 57 Ministries is seeking additional mentors to work with the young men accepted into the program and is accepting donations to assist with additional funding to include its Life Restoration and Hip-Hop and Cinema programs.

For more information on Bunk 57 Ministries and how you can support efforts to change lives, please visit or call 980-553-0108.

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Attorney David Goldman Announces New Program For At Risk Youth in Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Attorney David Goldman of the Personal Injury Law Firm Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh, announced new initiatives to support at-risk youth by the Sarasota community organization Second Chance Last Opportunity in partnership with the Sarasota Department of Corrections.

The new program which begins in February 2020, entitled "I Am That I Am" is being offered to juveniles incarcerated by Sarasota County's Inmate Services. The program, which began as a pledge to reinforce women's belief that they are strong, brilliant and powerful individuals in spite of their ongoing crises they face in their lives, has received such positive feedback that it is being expanded and currently awaits approval to be taught to at-risk students in the Sarasota County public school system. The course is also being adapted for younger, vulnerable children who are dealing with bullying and other daily challenges faced by today's high school and middle school students, in an effort to support personal growth and strengthening character.

Attorney David Goldman, a member of the Board of Directors of Second Chance Last Opportunity, made the announcement while the organization celebrates its 25th anniversary. Founded by April Glasco, Second Chance Last Opportunity begin in the heart of Sarasota's Newtown as a community intervention center, and has since expanded and grown offering support to those who are in-need, and are committed to turning their lives around.

Attorney David Goldman had this to say about integration of the new program, "As a long-time supporter of Second Change Last Opportunity, it's no surprise to me that the 'I am That I am' program is being recognized for its value in supporting youth in need. However, being able to bring this program to where it's needed most in the juvenile justice system is very encouraging. Second Chance, has been working to support troubled youth in our community for 25 years now, and with this new partnership will be having a more positive impact than ever. I encourage more members of our community to support Second Chance Last Opportunity and help prevent our at-risk youth from being left behind."

About Attorney David L. Goldman:

Mr. Goldman is a member of the American Association of Justice, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Goldman is an Eagle Member of the Florida Justice Association and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and received the prestigious Legislative Leadership Award by that organization in 1997.

David Goldman has a long-standing commitment to the community and has served as a board member of many civic organizations. He has worked extensively with the Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce, the Sarasota African-American Chamber of Commerce and Second Chance Last Opportunity. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Community Center and has been a director and member of the Endowment Fund of his local synagogue.

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