Box 9, Folder 3, Document 116

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NEW YORK, N. Y. 10007
(212) 964-5552 DIRECTOR

August 26, 1969

Me Lut Srveut-

Hon. Ivan Allen

City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia

Dear Mayor Allen:

As the summer draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity
to commend your city for the extraordinary job it has done in establishing what
is perhaps the nation's most creative new Urban Corps program.

On the basis of evaluations we have performed among the 15 presently
operating Urban Corps throughout the nation, it is fair to report that the Atlanta
program has shown unusual ability to provide its young men and women with the
opportunity for a constructive, first-hand involvement in all aspects of urban
government. Coupled with this has been a deep and abiding concern for relating
the work experience to the student's intellectual development. It is this sortof
developing relationship between the city and the academic community which is
so central to the Urban Corps concept.

The presence of the SREB-sponsored Atlanta Service-Learning Con-
ference, and your fine Urban Observatory combine with the Urban Corps to pro-
vide a unique opportunity for the establishment of the sort of innovative and effec-
tive programming we sincerely hope other communities will be able to emulate.
There appears to be special interest in how the Atlanta program will make the
transition into an academic-year operation, considering the high level of involve-
ment of the local academic community,

' We, and indeed every city which shares your concern for the future of
urban society, look forward to the continued growth and success of the Atlanta
Urban Corps.

Sincerely yours,

Michael B, Goldstein
ec: Sam Williams Director
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