What We Do

What We Do

Research shows that nearly 16,000 children in Atlanta are living in poverty. These challenges outside the classroom can stand in the way of success inside the classroom. Therefore, we work in schools and community centers to remove barriers by building one-on-one relationships that empower students to stay in school and succeed in life. This allows us to see the unique needs of each student and collaborate with teachers, counselors and community partners. We connect students with the relationships and resources they need to succeed.

Seize the Initiative Inc. offers youth, that have already been identified as at-risk, an opportunity to work with a caring mentor to improve their ability to develop a positive attitude towards their future. We host weekly meetings after school for young men in grades 7th – 12th. Services provided during these engagements target academic progression, future planning, life-skills development and health and wellness education. We also provide individual and group counseling on matters pertaining to the unique circumstances our young men encounter in their daily lives. The long-term goal is to empower the young person to break the habits that are leading to trouble in school and in the streets.


Mustang is the central program of Seize the Initiative Inc. At-risk middle school students and their mentors participate in a structured program of support that includes monthly team-building and group activities.


Challenger focuses on students who are consistently suspended from middle and high schools. The goal of the program is to rekindle the youth’s commitment to learning and being successful in the classroom. By empowering young people to finish school, mentors are improving the student’s success in life as adults.


Camaro engages youth involved in the juvenile court system. The mentoring relationship is utilized to establish a program of change in the young person’s life.  The mentor encourages goal-setting, self-discipline, and skill development that improves the young person’s sense of hopefulness. Mentors and youth work one-on-one for a year and are also offered opportunities to participate in monthly group activities and outings.

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