Eastlake Foundation

Break the cycle of poverty

The East Lake Foundation - Possibility Takes Place

"We tore down hell and built heaven" - Eva Davis

National model for providing cradle-to-college education, high-quality mixed-income housing, safer streets and a web of support for low-income families.
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Community Transformation

In 1995...

  • crime 19 times higher than national average, now down 95 percent
  • 88% of residents unemployed, now only 5 percent receive welfare
  • 5% of fifth graders met standards in Math; now more than 90% meet or exceed

Charlie Yates Golf Course

  • home course of Bobby Jones, had deteriorated
  • restored by Tom Cousins as part of effort
  • “Golf with a Purpose” proceeds – more than $20 million to date
  • First Tee of East Lake: year round golf instruction and mentoring program
  • golf section in library
  • students on golf scholarships

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Other Elements of Effective Community Schools

  • minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service required from each family
  • extended day and year
  • common vision - high quality staff/ intense professional development
  • multiple state and federal grants
  • enrichment classes - numerous partnerships
  • strong foundation in literacy
  • Saturday School
  • Early learning support - YMCA, Early Learning Academy, Sheltering Arms, Pre-K
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Transforming the Community at Drew Charter School