***This blog post is part of a weekly series titled #SignalBoostSunday. This series will highlight organizations and social causes that are of importance and provide assistance to the Greater Atlanta area. ***
This week on #SignalBoostSunday, we’re focusing on two organizations that work to provide local teens with educational resources, mentorship, leadership skills training and even social support for teens who have cancer.
The following organizations work to empower Atlanta teens to become successful, community leaders.
Breakthrough Atlanta provides a six year educational program that is “academically intense” to help teens prepare for college.
The program is geared toward helping motivated 6th and 7th graders who may not otherwise have the resources to reach their academic and career goals. The six year program guides middle schoolers all the way through high school to help them enroll and succeed in college.
The program includes a two year summer program and four year school year program. The Summer Program offers classes in all of the core subjects, extracurricular activities, and special events like College Day. The School Year program is a semester in which students attend classes for two Saturdays a month, from October to April. The School Year program also includes museum trips and community service events.
Breakthrough Atlanta’s six year program is tuition-free, funded by donations and also provides meals and transportation for its students.
2.) Heart of Passion
Heart of Passion is an organization that prides itself as being “for teens from teens.” And that’s exactly what it is: Heart of Passion is an organization in which teens work to provide social support for teens who have cancer.
Every year, Heart of Passion’s Teen Leaders work to develop their Red Carpet Retreat, a four day summer retreat for teen cancer patients. The retreat is intended to encourage and provide fun experiences for the teen patients to enjoy and have positive memories of.
In addition to Atlanta, Heart of Passion has chapters in Charlotte and New Orleans.