YCC, Inc is also planning to host several workshops over urban agriculture and farming, agricultural and environmental sustainability, agronomics, and other various topics which can have an impact in the community.
Youth Centers for Change, Inc. a nonprofit organization, was founded in 2016 in Atlanta by grassroots community activist, Dr. Marvin Brown Jr. Dr. Brown and his team were brought together by a common belief that many youth and families in their community lacked meaningful guidance and development. Determined to make a difference, Marvin convened a series of meetings. With initial commitments from community members and local businesses, Dr. Brown founded Youth Centers for Change as a nonprofit IRS 501(c)3 corporation. Since opening its doors, Youth Centers for Change has forged strong partnerships with the local business community, media, school districts, religious organizations, local, state, and federal government agencies, and other youth–serving organizations in the community.
The main small project has been Dr. Brown working on his first community garden with Ariel Bowen AME Church, the oldest church in the area. Having been established since 1861. He has done great work with Revered Hope, Douglas Dean, and his other partner Mrs. Candace Dantes.
His one-year pilot program objectives include:
Dr. Brown has created an extension of collaborating on projects in the Pittsburgh and surrounding communities Atlanta.
One of the major goals is the acquisition of land and properties for development and usage for agricultural and community development.
Dr. Marvin Brown Jr, Executive Director and Founder, and his staff continue to carry out the Youth Centers for Change vision and expand the scope of program services.
Atlanta’s controversial use of a federal crime reduction program isn’t paying off as well as first thought. That could put more pressure on the people who run the city’s version of the federal “Weed & Seed” grant.
For instance, where city officials claimed between 2007 and 2010, crime in the Pittsburgh neighborhood had dropped 42 percent, it was actually down 37-percent. In English Avenue, Weed & Seed was credited with a 51-percent reduction in crime. It was actually 45-percent. In Vine City, the program was credited with helping police reduce crime 50-percent when the real number was 44-percent. And in Mechanicsville, where the program was credited for a 35-percent drop in lawlessness, crime was actually up 35-percent.
The city disputed some of those findings last week and pointed to huge reductions in crime as proof the program worked during the time in question, between 2007 and 2010. But now, the city admits its statistics weren’t as good as initially thought, blaming the fact that the initial report had not been vetted by the Police Department.
Atlanta’s administration of the federal program aimed at weeding out the bad and seeding neighborhood redevelopment was criticized in a federal audit uncovered last week by WSB Washington Correspondent Jamie Dupree. From 2007 until 2010, the federal government sent Atlanta $1.1 million in grants targeted in four neighborhoods: Pittsburgh, Mechanicsville, English Avenue and Vine City.
The Justice Department audit found hundreds of thousands of dollars had been misspent. Questionable items included an intercom system for the mayor’s office, a late payment on a credit card bill and payment to a caterer.
Still, a statement by the mayor’s office noted that together, crime in the neighborhoods served by Weed & Seed was down 21-percent in 2011 compared to five years earlier.
ATLANTA – A statement issued by the City of Atlanta on Monday, September 23 mistakenly stated that crime was down in all four neighborhoods targeted by the Weed & Seed program, specifically: Pittsburgh (-42%), Mechanicsville (-35%), English Avenue (-51%) and Vine City (-50%). This data was not vetted by the Atlanta Police Department’s Tactical Crime Analysis Unit prior to release. As a result, it contained incorrect data. The correct numbers, which the Atlanta Police Department subsequently double-checked and verified, demonstrate that crime is down significantly in three of the four communities, but up in one of those communities: (Pittsburgh (-37%), Mechanicsville (+35 percent), English Avenue (-45%), and Vine City (-44%). The city regrets the unintentional human error. It is worthy to note that major crimes are down for 2011 compared to 2007, collectively, in those four neighborhoods served by Weed & Seed by 21%, according to APD’s numbers.