AWOL Atlanta Announcement
November 14, 2011
November 14, 2011
Media Contact: DaVena Jordan
Award Winning Youth Program Heads to Atlanta
Grammy Nominated Singer Anthony David
to Announce Plans at 11/16 Concert at CenterStage Atlanta
Over the past seven years, AWOL has encountered hundreds of Savannah youth with many of them referred by the local juvenile justice system. By the numbers, 80% of youth who complete the AWOL year-long intensive arts and technology training program go on to college, the military or technical school. What’s more is that youth referred by the local court system have a less than 10% recidivism rate after completing the program, proving that art and positive group level mentoring can save lives. In short, AWOL programs encourage respect, creativity, education and most of all non-violence.
“We are truly in hopes that the Atlanta artist community will join forces and unite around this worth while effort to provide youth with a safe space where their voice can be heard and their creative potential realized”, DaVena Jordan, AWOL Executive Director.
“AWOL not only help to develop me into a leader, the year-round arts programs just kept me so busy, I had no time to even think about going off track with my life. The environment was so family like that Tony “Polo” Jordan has become like my favorite uncle and mentor. I am now on track to graduate from Clark Atlanta University next year and I truly owe part of my life success to my 4-years of participation in AWOL programs, Ciara Campbell, Senior, Clark Atlanta Unversity.
Atlanta will be the groups first planned expansion effort with inquiries already coming from Columbia, SC and as far as New Orleans, LA. The group hopes to launch the program in the Atlanta area at the start of the fall 2012-2013 school year. During the development phase the group will need to raise funds for operations, seek out other community partners, local arts groups as well as solicit for volunteer support from community artist that will act as artist facilitators. The main art forms taught by AWOL include theater and performing arts, sound design and music recording, film and digital photography and information technology. Anyone interested in learning more should visit the organizations website at www.awolinc.org or call 404-954-2965.
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Anthony David and Ciara Campbell AWOL alumni student and Clark Atlanta senior
Anthony David and AWOL youth -Savannah site
The mission of the organization is to promote and provide self-awareness through the use of Poetry, Hip Hop, and Life. This mission is accomplished by providing youth with safe and free after-school and evening arts-based educational programs. The organization’s main goal is to successfully develop youth in an environment that encourages respect, education, creativity and most of all non-violence. Using the elements of hip hop as a means to promote self-expression and self-respect, AWOL strives to provide troubled youth with an outlet for their creative energy and frustration, empowering them to overcome peer pressure and to make better decisions in their daily lives. What began as a casual gathering of poets, musicians and emcees at Savannah State University in 1997 was incorporated as a non-profit group in September of 2004, a way for Founder/CEO Tony “Polo” Jordan, an emcee and probation officer, to compromise between his love of hip hop and his experiences helping troubled kids. Juxtaposing hip hop culture and positive youth development though various artistic mediums, the organization has become one of Savannah’s premier youth serving organizations. The organization hosts a number of events including: a weekly television show called the Chop Shop, a monthly open mic night (Therapy Session), a conflict resolution workshop, an annual hip hop history play, digital arts education programs involving film and music production (My Block and The P.R.O.J.E.C.T.S.) and the IT program training youth to refurbish used computers.