We are very pleased to share our 2019 Annual Review, highlighting some of the accomplishments of the year. None of our work happens without your generous support, and we thank you wholeheartedly.

Youth Mentoring is an important part of our society’s development process. To that end, it is our desire to reduce the dropout rate at schools we currently serve in Atlanta by 70 percent over the next three years and increase academic achievement levels.

We are counting on your help in making it possible to increase the number of mentees we serve as there are nearly 18 million young Americans who are in need of or desire mentoring.


Horace Dukes

Horace Dukes

Founder & Chief Executive Officer


Subjects addressed at Weekly Mentoring Sessions on Mondays and Thursdays

Teen parenthood;

Substance abuse;

Criminal behaviors;

Lack of self-esteem;

Poor school performance/Grade retention;


Discipline problems at school;

Low educational expectations/Lack of plans for education beyond high school;

Lack of interaction with extracurricular activities

Importance of giving back to the community

Importance of working harder to place in the top 10% of class and earn scholarships

Results from Subjects addressed

Increased Academic Achievement

Improved Self Confidence, increase moral character

Reduced Delinquency

Increased Cultural Exposure, Awareness and Community Relations

Improved Productivity


Some of the noted speakers at weekly mentoring sessions – important subjects

  • Mr. Tim Strickland, Making the right Choices in Life
  • Mr. Frank McCullough, Guide to Business and Personal Development
  • Hon. Ceasar Mitchell, The functions of Local and Community Government
  • Mr. Leon DuBose, The importance of Information Technology
  • Dr. Courtney Hammonds, The impact of Fashion and Motivation
  • Mr. Solon Patterson, Guide to Personal Financial Management
  • Dr. Derrick Beech, How Medicine affects our daily living and attaining personal Success
  • Mr. Derrick Sandifer, Delivery of Spoken word
  • Dr. Kathleen Hall, Obtaining Stress Relief

Mentees Accomplishments

  • 1 Graduated from Morehouse Cum Laude and top GPA in Dept. of Math & Physics
  • James Atkins graduated from South Atlanta school of Animation & Computer Design as Gates Millennium Scholar with 3.9 GPA earned $1.5 Million in Scholarship
  • The late Justin Bonner graduated from The New Alonzo Crim High School 2012
  • 75% of Mentees are in the top 10 percent of their Class Performance level
  • 15,000 average community service hours served per cohort
  • $6000 raised for cancer awareness and prevention

Mentee Enrollment

  • 90 Mentees served ( Due to transportation and other constraints attendance is rotated at cultural events and mentoring sessions are done in two groups)

Mentees Activities and Special Programs Participation

  • Cirque De Sole Cultural Event attended by Mentees
  • K & G ‘Make Over’ for Four selected Mentees with WATC TV
  • Malibu Entertainment Complex outing for Mentees
  • Coan Park Cook out event to recognize Mentees achievements
  • Hawks Basketball Game attended by Mentees
  • Atlanta Dream WNBA Game attended by Mentees

Mentees Community Service

  • Cancer Research Support Fundraising $2,300 Raised
  • Teddy Bears and Toys collected and donated to Homeless Shelter
  • Stuffed Animals and Toys Collected and donated to 4 Children’s Hospital Campuses

List of Schools Served

  • Samye Coan Middle School
  • Maynard H. Jackson High School
  • Grady High School
  • The New Alonzo Crim High School
  • School of Law & Social Justice at South Atlanta
  • Computer Animation & Design School at South Atlanta
  • Medical Science School at South Atlanta
  • School of Arts at the School of Carver Complex
  • Frederick Douglas High School
  • Mundy Mills Middle School, Clayton County
  • Babb Middle School, Clayton County
  • Columbia Middle School, DeKalb County
  • Savannah State University
  • South Carolina State University
  • Alabama A&M University
  • Morehouse College

Academic Partnership

  • Department of Physics & Mathematics at Morehouse College conducting Saturday Academy for the advancement of Mentees academic pursuits.

Program Development

New Online Youth Mentoring (electronic structure) developed and campuses identified in other Cities and states. Now awaiting funding to commence operation.


 Community Leaders Award

  • 4 Outstanding Community Leaders in South Carolina Honored for contribution to Education and Civic Responsibility

Passing and Burial of Former Mentee

  • One of our Mentees, Justin Bonner succumbed to cancer. Members of the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors made financial contribution to his burial. We are grateful for their contribution. Special thanks to Dr. Carole Williams, a Member of the Board of Advisors and the Carl Williams Funeral Home and Riverdale Florists.

Monthly Worship Service Attendance

  • Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church
  • First Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church
  • Ben Hill United Methodist Church
  • Historical Mt. Zion AME Church, South Carolina
  • Lovely Hill Baptist Church, Holly Hill, South Carolina
  • Emanuel Baptist Church
  • Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
  • Enon Baptist Church
  • St. Philip AME Church
  • Victory for the World Church

Programs Sponsored

  • Teen Summit & College Tour in South Carolina
  • Historical & Educational Tour in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Empowerment Sessions at South Atlanta School of Law & Social Justice
  • Teacher’s Appreciation Reception

Media recognition

  • 11 Alive TV Valentine’s Day coverage on Community Service
  • Clarendon Citizen Newspaper coverage of Teen Summit during National Mentoring Month
  • HBCU Magazine – Article published on the Importance of Mentoring
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle articles and publication of appointments
  • Northside Neighbor Newspaper publication on support to Children’s Hospital
  • You Tube Documentary on Mentoring



  • Board of Directors- Attorney Evelyn Coats
  • Board of Advisors-  Mr. Courtney Woodson and Mr. Marc Herring

Special Donations Received

  • 50 pairs of Shoes from Mezlan Shoe Company
  • 20 Suits – Attorney Michael Baskin
  • 10 Suits – Mr. Bernard Parks
  • 50 Ties   – Tie Knot Inc.

Special Recognition for Extraordinary Support

  • Mr. Gerald Dupre, Jr. Member of the Board of Directors
  • Mr. Clayton Bell, Member of the Board of Directors
  • Dr. George Harrison, Member of the Board of Directors
  • Attorney Evelyn Coats, Member of the Board of Directors
  • Dr. Kevin Flythe, Member of the Board of Directors
  • Dr. Richard Morgan, Member of the Board of Directors
  • Mr. Frank McCullough, Member of the Board of Advisors
  • Mr. Ian Ash, Member of the Board of Advisors
  • Mrs. Phyllis Baskin, Member of the Board of Advisors
  • Mr. Don Weston, Member of the Board of Advisors
  • Mr. Carlos Jones , Member of the Board of Advisors
  • Dr. Kathleen Hall, Member of the Board of Advisors
  • Mr. Marc Anthony Herring, Member of the Board of Advisors
  • Mr. Tuqwan Jordan, Director of Public Relations

Year to Date Accomplishments (June 2013)

 Mentees Entering Colleges and Universities 2013

  • Oglethorpe University
  • Georgia State University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Virginia State University
  • Georgia Perimeter College
  • Concordia College, Selma, Alabama

Mentees Activities

Regions Bank held a ceremony to certify 27 Mentees who participated in a 9 module, 2 month Financial Literacy Certification Program

Speakers Bureau Coordination

Mr. Frank McCullough, a Member of our Board of Advisors has coordinated the invitation of Speakers for our Mentoring Sessions. We appreciate his efforts.

Mentoring Session Speakers Bureau 2013

  • Ms. Boykin, Medical Testing and Goal Setting
  • Mr. James Atkins, Preparation for College entry
  • Mr. Carlos Jones, Keys to successful Entrepreneurship
  • Mr. Solon Patterson, Importance of developing a sound personal financial path
  • Mr. Stafford Maxwell, Establish a Foreign Currency Trading Business
  • Mr. Anthony Clark, Importance of making right choices in life

Cultural Affairs

  • Dinner to honor the late Justin Bonner for Young  Cancer Patients and their families at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta , Egleston Hospital
  • Points North Newspaper article on Cancer Patient’s support
  • YouTube Video of Community Service Class of 2013 Project with presentation of $500 raised by Senior Mentees
  • Northside Newspaper coverage of Peachtree United Methodist Church Service
  • Peachtree United Methodist Church

Appreciation for service in Youth Mentoring Management

  • Mr. Irwin Raglin, Manager, South Atlanta Mentoring Group
  • Mr. Martice Ball, Coordinator, Central Atlanta Mentoring Group

Special Thanks to Donors and Supporters

Attorney Michael Baskin

Dr. John Johnson

Ms. Marcia Bansley

Attorney F. Rene Gaters

Mrs. Rene Newton, Dove Mailing Company

Dr. Percy Mack

Mrs. Chedonna Trimble- Houston, Donald Trimble Mortuary

Mr. Keith Lyle

Dr. Derrick Beech, M.D.

Mr. Noel F. Khalil, Columbia Residential

Rev. Victor Tate, First Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. William Flippin, Sr., Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church

Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel, Victory for the World Church

Mr. Blair Alexander, Sr. & Mrs. Sheila Alexander

Mr. Scorpio Dailey

Mr. Greg Grant, Centra Archy Restaurant Group

Mr. Blair Alexander, Jr., University Staffing

Dr. James A. Carr, M.D.

Jimmy Jones State Farm Insurance Agency

Mr. Courtney Woodson

Ms. Bessie Nobles, Aunt Laura’s Kitchen

Mrs. Rita Morgan

Mr. Dwayne L. Conerly

Rev. Richard Winn, Ben Hill United Methodist Church

Mr. Antonio Dozier, TDC Systems Integrations Inc.

Body Work Health & Wellness Center

Reign Down Painting

Carl F. Williams Funeral Home

Mr. Michael Simms, Tie Knots Inc.

Ms. Betty Jude

Mr. Richard Thompson, Lincoln Funeral Home

Pastor W.J. Frierson, Lovely Hill Baptist Church

Holiday Inn, Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Westin Buckhead Hotel

Tiffany & Company

Mr. Daryl Thompson

Decatur Printing Company

11 Alive WXIA TV Atlanta

WSB TV Channel 2

Northside Neighbor Newspaper

The White House, Washington D.C.

Hon. Ceasar Mitchell, City of Atlanta

Mr. Reuben McDaniel III, RM Capital

Ms. Sandra Windom

Ms. Jennifer Kirby

Ms. Cheryl Grant

Mr. David & Mrs. Karen Smith, Royal Funeral Home

Mr. Frankie & Mrs. Charlotte House

Mr. Thomas & Dr. Eleanor Williams, Orangeburg, SC

Mr. Keith Holloway, Washington D.C.

Mr. Herman ‘Skip’ Mason, Former. General President, Alpha Phi Alpha Incorporated

Ms. Barbara Bienemy

Ms. Michelle Bolden

Mr. Peter McKnight

Ms. Charlotte Davis, Interim Principal, South Atlanta School of Law & Social Justice

Dr. Chauncey Whitmore

Mr. Brian Thomas

Riverdale Florist