I first heard the term "at promise" years ago in a school where I was invited to speak. I was there through my #AtlantaSpeaks initiative and I told a teacher, "we want to speak to the at-risk students." She corrected me, "No sir, they are at-promise."
From that day forward I used the term, correcting others in academia and in my network when they made the same mistake.
It was great to experience the grand opening of the At Promise Center in English Avenue yesterday with our boys from #Troop100. The boys did a great job and I was proud to see it. As I listened to the remarks and toured the facility yesterday, I was reminded of my conversations with so many at-promise teens I've talked to, mentored, and been of counsel to. I was reminded of even my own narrative of a kid growing up, looking to take my shot--where all I, like them, just wanted was an opportunity. A reasonable chance to beat the statistics and the odds that were stacked up. The center is a great building, and my hope as the next city councilman of this area is to take this positive energy and ENSURE that it ripples to the next street over, and the street after that, and the street after that, and beyond. Ensuring that all people in #OURdistrict3 have an opportunity to succeed, in the spirit of urgency. Lets GET IT DONE, without delay. #CLAYfor3