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Atlanta City Council Member Dustin Hillis Co-Hosting Volunteer Kick Off Event Sunday for New Initiative to Serve Higher-Risk Youth in District 9

Post Date:08/15/2019 9:39 AM

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Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303

Talia Moffitt
Public Information Officer – Council Communications
(404) 546-1835 / (404) 326-6506

August 15, 2019

Atlanta City Council Member Dustin Hillis Co-Hosting Volunteer Kick Off Event Sunday for New Initiative to Serve Higher-Risk Youth in District 9

ATLANTA – City Council member Dustin Hillis is co-hosting a volunteer kickoff Sunday, Aug. 18 for Creating Villages, a new initiative he is launching with Making the Transition to serve higher-risk youth in District 9. The kickoff event, which will focus on bringing together community members interested in serving as mentors to the youth, will be held from 4–6 p.m. at 1925 Hollywood Road.

“I’m looking forward to launching this new initiative in District 9 to better prepare our youth to meet the challenges of adulthood,” Hillis said. “Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed, and the Creating Village Initiative will help get them on the path toward achieving their full potential.”

Creating Villages partners with local schools, juvenile and adult courts, local law enforcement and other government agencies to connect with the highest risk youth in a community. The program’s goal is to reduce the recidivism rate among youth who have had interactions with police while encouraging participants to build life and leadership skills. Hillis’ program is targeted to youth living in the 30318 zip code.  

In a letter on the organization’s website, Keith Strickland, founder and CEO of Making the Transition, said, “I was given an opportunity most people in my position never receive, a second chance. After facing 35 years in prison for another drug conviction, I was released early because the judge over my case saw something in me. I started a business, went to college and earned my degree, and was able to finally get my life on track. Saving my own life was not enough for me. Every single day I watch millions of youth and young adults heading in the exact same path I escaped from. I founded Making the Transition, Inc. because I never wanted another child who tried to change their life to fail because they lacked resources, guidance and support.”

Mentors will be trained and given the resources needed to make long-term changes in the lives of program participants.

To register for Sunday’s volunteer kickoff event, please visit For more information on Making the Transition, go to

About Atlanta City Council
The Atlanta City Council is the chief policy-making body for the City of Atlanta. It acts by considering and enacting all laws that govern the City. The council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City as recommended by the mayor, and it continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The Atlanta City Council reviews and has final say on many land-use and zoning matters. Major economic development projects for the City also fall under the council’s consideration.

The Atlanta City Council is comprised of 12 districts and three at-large posts. Council representatives include: Council President: Felicia A. Moore; District 1: Carla Smith; District 2: Amir Farokhi; District 3: Antonio Brown; District 4: Cleta Winslow; District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong; District 6: Jennifer N. Ide; District 7: Howard Shook; District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit; District 9: Dustin Hillis; District 10: Andrea L. Boone; District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet; District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd; Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond; Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland; and Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens.

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