Box 9, Folder 5, Document 17

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N E WS L E T T E R
ATLANTA
Edition I, May 5, 1969
URBAN
CORPS
30 Courtland Street, S. E., Atlanta, Georgia, 30303 Phone - 524-8091
THE ATLANTA URBAN CORPS IS OFF THE GROUND!
To those of you nho have worked closely with the program
this is welco me news , and in the follo wing summary several
areas of the program will be outlined to date. We hope by
way of a regular newsletter we can keep you informed of progress made in the program as it develops throughout these
next months and on i nto the summer. The Public Relations staff
will be publishing the ne wsletter, and we will attempt to cover
all areas of interest within the Urban Corps program.
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WE HAVE AN OFFICE
Locate d on the s econd floor of the old city auditorium,
30 Cour t land Street, is th e ne w office of the Atlanta Urban
Corps. Wi t h the gen erous help of the City the office is beginning to be equipped more adequately with desks, typewriters,
fili ng c a bine t s and gen eral office supplies. Full-time staff
now i nclude s four: Sam Williams, Dianne Wilson, Sue Zander and
Arl en e Bi r d . Melvin McCray and Stephen Mwamba of Georgia State
Coll ege al s o hav e been employed part time to develop payroll
and f i nan c e pr ode dur es. Volunt ee rs hav e be en in th e offic e
to help with the vo lume s o f mail a n d a pplic a tio n s, etc . whic h
have begun to come in ,
STUDENT RECRUITMENT
Our student recrui tmen t ef f or t , s o vital to t h e quality
of our summer program, was begun t wo weeks ago on the campuses
of the participating colleges here in At lanta. Recruitment is
being handled by the College Re l ations Board, chaired by
Marc Dash. The Coll ege Relations Board has been working quite
effectively on the campuses and is to be commended for representing the A. U. C, well, A report submitted by Marc on
Apr il 29 sho wed the following figures:
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One Week Remaining
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Emory University
Agnes Scott College
Clark College
Morris Brown College
Morehouse College
Spelman College
Georgia Tech
DeKalb Junior College
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70
120
115
100
110
70
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Formal recruitment c.losed on the campuses Friday, May 2.
Marc Dash predicts that an overall fi gure of 1000 applications
will be in hand to be reviewed for student placement.
A REPORT ON FINANCE
Bill Adams, Private Fund Raising Chairman, has submitted
the followin g report on e fforts being made in this area of
the A. U. C.
In t he initial conception of the Atlanta Urban Corps , the
idea of soliciting the business co mmunity for financial a s s ista n ce was co n sidered to be absolutely necessary in order to make
the A. U. c. a r epre sentative student pro gram. Without finan ci al
as sistanc e f r om the bu si ne ss s ector only students who could
qualify f or colle ge work study money would be able to s e rve as
int e rns in the A, U. C. unles s they volunteered their time .
Business support will enable the Atlanta Urban Corps to i nvolv e
s tu dent s fro m all l evels of i n come in th e program and also will
allo w i nte r ns t o work i n a gencies that cannot afford the cost.
Presentl y we ar e in t h e proc es s o f con tacting the major
busin esses i n the Atl an ta a r ea. We f e el t he A. U. C. pr ovi des
busin e s s t he opportuni t y t o co n tribut e t o a wor t hwhil e urban
proj ect as well as to provi de t hem a n exc ell en t avenu e f or
public · re l ations.
Money avai labl e t o da t e can be bro ken down as f ollo ws:
College Work St udy Gran t s ( approx. 220 i nterns )
$1 95,000
Southern Regional Educ atio n Bo ard
20,000
City Finance Depar t ment Gran t
9,000
Fulton County Health Depar t men t
5,500
Stern Foundation Gran t
1,000
Total
$230,500
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�Our goal is 300 interns, half in city agencies and half in
non-city agencies such as YMCA, DeKalb County Government,
etc. At present in our administrative department we need
twenty-four interns. If private businesses contribute
l40,000 we will be able to operate at planned capacity.
Our financial effort has been greatly enhanced by the
assistance of Mr. Dave Houser of Arthur J. Anderson and Co.
Mr. Houser has been very beneficial in directing our approach
to the business sector.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETS
The Board of Trustees of the Atlanta Urban Corps met
officially for the first time April 17, 1969 in the Wilby Room
of the Georgia Tech Library. Mr. Bill Ramsay of the Southern
Regional Education Board presided. Rich Speer, Student Director,
spoke to the Board on the A. U. C. overall concept, followGd
by an organization report given by Sam VJiJ.liams, Staff Director.
R0por ts vrnre made by David Whelan, Internship Development
Director and by Sam Williams and Bill Adams who both reported
on the financial aspect of the program. Tara Swartsel, Secretary
of t he Colle ge Relations Board, gave a short report on the work
being done on the campuses by our College Relations Board
representatives, and Marc Dash, Director of the College Relations
Board described the actual program of student recruitment.
Mr. Dennis Webb of Nall, Miller, !Cadenhead, and Dennis reported
on the legal status of th e A. U. c., explaining to the Board
that our charter ha s been approved by the State of Georgia and
is being presented to the Internal Revenue Service for taxexempt status as a non-profit organization.
BUSINESSMEN'S BREAKFAST A SUCCESS
On Tuesday, April 29 at 9:00 a.m. a breakfast was given
in the tea room of Rich's downtown, made possible by
Mr. Harold Brocke of Rich I s and hosted by i'-'i r. Kavanagh of Ric I s
personel department. Forty leading Atlanta businessmen were
invited to become personall y adquainted with the A. U. C.
program. Good attendance and obvious interest proved our belief
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that the Atla.nta business community will play a vital role
in the success of our program. Mayor Ivan Allen and Georgia
Tech:s past president Edwin Harrison each made opening comments
on the Urban Corps, and Sam Williams, Rich Speer and Bill Adams
made reports on specific areas of the Urban Corps concept.
The businessmen were invited to commit themselves to the concept
of the A. U. C. and if possible to make a financial commitment
as well. Bill Adams is to make personal appointments to talk
wi t h individual businessmen from the group soono
INTF.RNSHIP DEVELOPMENT UNDERWAY
In ord e r that the students who work with our program this
summer serve in rel evant positions, the A. U, C. is utilizing
students in the field to develop the job slots, or internships,
in which students uill be placed . Twenty-five students are
no w working on this development procedure, including students
fro ~ Agnes Scott College, Georgia Tech, and the Atlanta
University Compl ex; Dianne Wilson and Marlene Rounds are both
~orking out of the A. U. C. office on this same development
program . Contacts are being made at t wenty city departments
and fo r t y extra-city ag enci e s ranging from the local school
bo a r ds to the Ec ono mi c Opportunity Atlao.ta program. To date
so me fift y devel oped internships are in hand with an expected
fi gur e of over three hundred. Wally Bloom, Extra-City Coordinator
and Da vid Whelan, City Coordinator both are quite optimistic
about th e success 0 f this particular aspect of the A. U. C.
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