Box 9, Folder 5, Document 3

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Atlanta Urban Corps
Mr . Dan Sweat
Government Liason
Mayor's Office
City Hall
Atlanta , Georgia
30 Courtland Street, N. E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Volume IV
HlTERNS hA ·l fl ~
-1£!. CENTER
Located in the recreation area of Trinity
t·;e thodist Church , .265 Washington Street , is
t he Walk- In Counseling Center directed by the
the Atlanta Youth Council. The Center is a new
proj ect which is dedicated to serving the immediate personal problems of the 13-21 year age
group. Three Atlanta Urban Corps interns are
managing the program.
In an interview with Loyd Sanders , intern
from Morehouse College , it was learned that
Sanders , Bill Patter son (Univ. o f Indiana) ,
and Jo Ingle (Georgia College at Milledgeville)
spend some seventy hours per week counseling
young people whose problems range from general
feelings of dejection and lack of personal
drug addiction and illigitimate pregnancies.
As the problems of the Center's clientele
vary in degrees of urgency and acuteness, Loyd,
Bill and Jo have learned through sessions o f
debriefing that each must be handled quite
s eparately. The interns are fully aware of
their own limitations in the field of counseling although all three are upper-level psycholo gy
majors at their respe£tive colleges . Therefore,
the Center relie s heavily on the relationship
i t has est abl ished with various social service
agencies which are prepared to offer professional
assistance in the treatmen t of more severe cases
of adolescen t problems.
Loyd praised Georgia State College ' s willingness to donate professional time at a moment ' s
notice . Hours of psychological testing and the
like are administered by Georgia Stat e professionals who cari be at th e Center within five
minutes after having_ been contacted. Great
assistance has come too from Mr. John Cox, director
of the Atlanta Youth Council , Nr. Lewis Dinkins ,
assistant to t,,,r. Cox, Mrs. Yvonne Bingham, counselor from Atlanta University , and Mr. David
\'/eddi nton, director of the Walk-In Center.
Of concern to Sanders and to the other t wo
interns is the location of the Walk-In Center.
Trinity Methodist is located under the shadow of
City Hall itself, and though the Center is grateful to have the comfortable space in the Church,
it seems that the Walk-In pDogram might be far
more effective were it located in the area of the
city were young people live and feel most natural .
As Loyd pointed out , 11 Who is i;oing to just 'Walk
in to 265 Was hington Street and bare their souls? 11
Sanders feels that the Center might more effectively be located in the Capitol Ho mes area.
For the present ,1 .. however , the Center is operating with as much effec tiveness as these three
interns can foster . A campaign is on to publicize the program so that young people can learn
where they can come for personal counseling and
professional help. Loyd , B811 and Jo man the
Center from 11 a . m. to 11 p . m. six days per week.
They find that most young people respond to th e
Center ' s pro gram in the evening and t hus have
geared t heir working .hours to meet the needs of
the people whom they serve. If the Walk-In Center
proves s uccessful in i ts initial operation it is
hoped that an expansion program will result in
branch offices out in the areas of the city where
counseling for adolescents is so desperately needed.
At the Walk-In Counseling Center are three Urban
Corps interns who are applying their experienc e
and educational training to a real need of the
city, who are realizing their limitations and
finding ways to supplement their own service capaci ties, and who are creatively planning for a
more effective program. Theirs is a job of
responsibility and relevancy .
In a fiv e day trip to t he national of fi c e
of the Urban Corps in new York City, Sam Williams,
direc to r of the Atlanta Urban Corps , learne d of
the operations of other Urban Corps throughout
the na tion and represented our Atlanta procram
reporting on its progress, its problems and
successes. At th e meeting were directors from
ei gh t different Urban Corps and represen tatives
fro m six other cities which at present do not
have Urban Corps but are considering establishing
the Urban Corps program .
After hearing reports from the directors of
Urban Corps in cities such as New York, Boston ,
Dayton, Detroit, and San Francisc9 , Bo.11l concludes
that the Atlanta program is unique in its empl1asis on the educational aspect of the intern experience. Only in Syracuse, N. Y. does there exist
a like effort to involve an educationally sound
learning experience for Urban Corps interns.
In that city I s Urban Corpe program fairly succuss:fUl attempts have been made to develop
academic cour se-c redit f or Ur ban Corps i nterns hi p experi en c e . Generall y , however , Urban
Co rps i n citie s other t han Atl anta a re basic ally pro grams for s ummer emplo ymen t wi th very
lit t l e emphasi s place d on educat io nal r el evan cy or s tud ent admi ni strat io n.
Under the direction o f Dave Wh elan, the
Placement and Development br anch o f t he Urban
Corps is i n t he proc ess of planning i ts
continuing pro gram. City and a gency s upervisors hav e expres sed gr eat s atisfac t io n
wi t h t he wo rk tha t Urban Co rps i nterns
have ac co mpl ished t has summer and are anxio us
to employ more s tudent s throughout the year .
Students may co ntinue their involvment wi th
t he Urban Co rps in any of several ways . The
pro gram al ways v,el co mes volunteers , t hose co mmuni ty mi nde d s tu den t s who will be abl e to find
t ime duri nG t h e s chool year to devote a pa rtial
work week to ci ty probl em areas . For t hose
studen ts who qual ify f or Collet;e Work-St udy
f unds , the Urban Co rps will be able t o f i nd
both f ull- t i me and part- t i me jobs , There al s o
may be funds available for a limit ed number of
s tudent s who nee d t o work dur i ng t he scho ol
year but who are no t eligi bl e fo r c.w.s.P.
funding . Another \'Jay by whic h s tudents wi ll
be able to work with t he Urban Corps pro gram
beyond i t s summer 1969 schedule is through
coll ege a c creditat i on of the Urban Corps i nternship pro gr am. Several col leges have already
a greed t o offer course credit in the f or m of
special co urses, s ociology , independent study
and the l ike to t heir students who work during
the s chool term wi t h the Urban Corps. Two
major Atlanta school s will giv e c r edit for
Urban Corps i nterns hi ps and/or r elated courses
whic h will be trans f erabl e t o t he other colleges.
The r e will be t hose s tu den ts v,ho will want to
take a qua rter off from re gular course work and
devote an en ti re three months to Urban Co rps
work .
Just as studen ts are urged to continue
their involvement nith the Urban Corps con t i nue d
prograr:: so i nstitutions are urged to involve
their facult;,r memb ers and staff as advisors and
consultants to both Urban Corps students and
er,, ploy4n- a-genci&a .
Dave indicates that if enough Urban Corps
staff is available this fall there will be
provisioJP.s n!ade to establish an office of
co1ur.unity projects. This office will aid individual students and student g~oups in finding
oor,uJunicy projects or the in-training equipment
for· all·eady existing projects which stude:ets
JT.iC;1t sponsor or assist.
7he expansion plans of the Urban Corps
are still quite flexible and any comments or
suggestions from students, faculty, and others
interested in the program are welcomed. Applications for fall participation will be made
avaialable in the near future.
Representi ng the Ur ban Corps at the Hunger
and Ma l nu tri t io n Hearing July 11 and 12 we r e
i nterns Ral ph Mar tin and Charli e Br own. Char l ie
de scribed t he heari ng i n t erm s o f its attempts
to bri ne to t h e a tt entio nc of Fu+ ton County
o ffi cial s t he i nade quacies of t he county's
s urplus fo od pr oGrarn .
At pre sent the Food VJarehouse i s open t o t he
publ i c b etwe en the hours o f 9 a . m. and 4 p .m.
As Char li e pointed out, it is dur i ng these hours
that the peopl e who ar~ dependen t on surplus
food fo r exi stence need to be on the job. The
f ood pro gram has only on e di stributi on point
whic h often make s it very di ff ic ul t f or people
who live i n the l a r c e met r opoli s of · Atl anta t o
Get t o t he warehouse. \'/hen ask e d if th ere mi ght
be other point s of !tis tribution made avai l able
a11d more appropriate hours s chedul ed, o ff icial s
o f the pr o gr am admitted that the fe a sibili ty
o f s uc h plann i i1G had never been dis cussed .
At t he he aring it was learned, too, t hat
t he f ood pro s ram makes no att empt to me e t the
spe ci al diet problems of i t s cus t omer s . ~efe rre d to by the offici als a s " recipi en ts ,"
a t erm 1,hich t o Char lie connot e s degradation ,
the people who depend on surplus f ood u s ually
are peopl e who are s ick or undernouri s hed i n
t he f irs t plac e . Several cas es were heard of
peopl e who have received strict medical orders
for special diets, eg. so dium di et s f or he a rt
patien ts, whol e milk requirements f or cancer
.patien t s , and who have been unable to mee t
these diet s because of their dependency on a
fo o d surplus program whic h is deaf to their
needs. Charlie notes that there is no interaction at all between Grady Hospital and t he
Food Warehouse whi ch could alleviate this
situat ion.
Another di s tnrbibg fact is that the Warehouse
makes food pick-up avail abl e only once per month.
Food issues wei gh 130 pounds for an average
welfare fami l y t hus making transportation necessary. Cha rlie has r ecogni zed t he fact t hat
taxicabs cost approximately $3 . 50 fo r an average
t r i p to the warehouse, and f or each package an
addi t ional $.75 is charged. For a fami l y dependent on surplu~ food , such money just fo r
~ae transpoFtat-i-on of that tee seem£ outrageous
t o this intera.
The Hunger and Malnutrition Hearing was sponsored by the Health, Education and Welfare
Department and chaired by Mr. Maynard Jackson.
Personal testimony was given by people 1·1ho Imo\'/
t he effects of hunger in Atlanta. Panels
discussed the problems and directed their comments to Fulton County officials. It is hoped
that from the uncovering of such inadequacies
as those of the Commodity Foods program some
relief will be found for the hungry people oi
our city.

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