YOUTH LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

The Theo Ratliff Foundation believes that empowering the world’s youth through financial literacy, education and leadership development is a key step towards strengthening individuals, families and communities globally. All of our programs, and partner programs, have been designed to focus on these core elements of establishing and nurturing sustainable communities.

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PROJECT CONTACT AFRICA

We have partnered with Project Contact Africa & The Drake House (Atlanta, Georgia) to meet our goal of developing and executing programs that effect a positive impact within the lives of youth globally. Project Contact Africa began as an organization that brokered the exchange of people and expertise between East Africa and the United States. Initially, the focus of the organization’s activities was teacher training. As time progressed, local communities expressed a greater need for medical care for children. In response to this great need we began facilitating the engagement of medical relief teams in schools within highly impoverished regions.

Project Contact has partnered with Feed the Children and the NBPA (National Basketball Player’s Association) in an effort to feed ONE million people living in the most impoverished areas of Kenya. The organization continues to meet its strategic goals of establishing a medical clinic and school in Kenya, now providing necessary care for those in need and a sound education foundation for children. The Project Contact Africa sponsored school administers programs to approximately 50 students, providing uniforms and meals twice per day. Its global partnerships have enabled Project Contact Africa to develop school uniform donation and food assistance programs for as little as $81US/year and $52US/day respectively.


THE DRAKE HOUSE

The Drake House is a crisis residential assessment center for homeless women and children in the North Fulton area (Atlanta, GA), offering immediate housing and programs designed to provide stability for the children and assist the family in working toward housing self-sufficiency. The Drake House Residential Assessment Center addresses a long-standing need for emergency housing for women and children in the north Fulton community. The Drake House offers residential housing and in-depth assessments to approximately 40-50 families a year. Each family stays approximately 90 days. The target population is single mothers with minor children. These mothers may be unemployed or underemployed and lack sufficient income to meet all the expenses of life in the North Fulton community. Women and children entering The Drake House are offered a variety of support services to empower and educate them and move them towards self-sufficiency. Residents participate in a goal setting process and an empowerment plan. Initial goals include addressing medical needs of the mother and the children, and the educational needs of the children. Onsite life skills classes are conducted every Monday evening on topics such as job readiness, personal finances, parenting skills, and health and wellness. An advocacy program provides encouragement, motivation, and support during the family’s stay.

The Theo Ratliff Foundation will launch two inaugural programs in partnership with BEST (Business, Engineering, Science & Technology) Academy, an Atlanta, Georgia-based whose Mission is to provide a rigorous single gender education with B.E.S.T. (Business, Engineering, Science, and Technology) practices that empowers students to learn at their highest potential. The noted programs will certainly serve to empower all participants and volunteers.

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