Austell Youth Center awarded $100k federal grant
A $100,000 federal grant will be given to the Austell Youth Innovation Center through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
According to Denise Lowe, director of Austell’s Finance Department, the Austell center provides tutoring and educational support for students who would not have had this opportunity otherwise.
During the Council’s recent meeting, Mayor Ollie Clemons Jr. said the center has “done a phenomenal job with the youth in our area,” serving all Title 1 schools in Austell during after-school breaks to improve graduation rates. The students “were falling behind, and the pandemic exacerbated that. We’re very excited over the STEAM program they’ve done,” Clemons added.
In May 2019, the center opened at Legion Field, 5514 Austell Powder Springs Road, Austell, on the site of a former senior center that was damaged extensively in the 2009 floods.
For more information about the center, visit AustellCityCollaborative@gmail.com.