Will they become homeowners or homeless?

Children don’t dream of growing up to live a life of poverty and homelessness.

Atlanta Public School System currently serves 47,000 students and 80% of those students live at or below the poverty level. In addition, 60% of black males from Atlanta Public Schools fail to graduate on time or at all. Sadly but true, youth from zip codes 30310, 30315 and 30318 grow up to represent 80% of the Georgia State Prison population.

L.E.A.D. serves middle to high school age black males from Atlanta Public Schools. Our mission is to empower an at risk generation to lead and transform their city of Atlanta. Click here to check out our impact.

L.E.A.D.’s Dinner With Champions 2012

Here are the reasons that our L.E.A.D. Ambassadors expressed as the causes of homelessness.

L.E.A.D. Ambassador TJ Pittman, North Atlanta High School

1. Job loss

2. Parent death

3. Failure to pay house bills

L.E.A.D. Ambassador Cameron Tucker, Grady High School

1. Lack of wise decision making

2. Excuses

3. Lack of drive/determination

L.E.A.D. Ambassador Cedric Reed, Georgia Highlands College

1. Laziness

2. Bad relationships

3. Lack of Discipline

L.E.A.D. Ambassador Ryan Martin, Benjamin E. Mays High School

1. Drugs and Addictions

2. Criminal history

3. Unemployment

L.E.A.D. Ambassador Jalen Cannon, B.E.S.T. Academy

1. Laziness

2. Being irresponsible

3. Lack of determination

L.E.A.D. Ambassador Austin Evans, New Schools at Carver

1. Poverty

2. Lack of opportunity to advance

3. Detrimental decisions

Are black males in Atlanta being raised to live a life of poverty homelessness?