Sen. Jones to Speak at Atlanta Youth Training Program

ATLANTA (July 15, 2010) – Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur) will speak during the Closing Event of the Character Competencies Program (CCP) on Tuesday, July 20 in Atlanta.  Presented by the Global Peace Festival Foundation (GPFF) and Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA), the program is part of the Georgia Teenwork Program and represents a unique partnership of federal, state and city agencies and non-profits to impact Atlanta youth and community.

The event will take place on Tuesday, July 20, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Sullivan Hall Auditorium at the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, located at 818 Pollard Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30315.

AWDA provided eligible teens with valuable work experience, training and skills through summer employment. The Character Competencies Program launched and managed by GPFF provided over 250 youth with instruction and opportunities to develop a positive attitude, good communication, and problem solving that lead to success in work, school and life. Both programs are funded in part by Georgia DHS with American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) funds through TANF’s subsidized employment initiative.

The program was launched on May 26, 2010 by the partnership between Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, the Administration for Children and Families, Georgia Department of Human Resources, AWDA and GPFF. The program will end July 23.

The program consists of classes provided by facilitators who have been trained to educate youth in a unique and energetic style. As a result, students are engaged in icebreakers, role-plays, open discussions and activities to help them analyze problems that occur on the job site and in their daily life and seek solutions that will lead to positive effects. Testimonials from students and facilitators who have been involved with them will be presented.

Speakers include:
• Emanuel Jones, Georgia State Senator, District 10
• Carlis V. Williams, SE Regional Administrator, Administration for Children and Families, Dept. of Health and Human Services
• Rob Welsh, Director, ARRA Implementation and Accountability, Department of Human Services
• Deborah Lum, Executive Director City of Atlanta, Workforce Development Agency
• Rev. Paul Murray, Executive Director, GPFF-USA

Sen. Emanuel Jones represents the 10th Senate District, which includes portions of DeKalb and Henry counties.  He may be reached at 404.656.0502 or via e-mail at

For Immediate Release:
July 15, 2010
For Information Contact:
Kallarin Richards, Senior Communications Specialist