COMMUNITY COUNCIL OF METROPOLITAN ATLANTA, INC.
PRIORITY MALE INITIATIVE
The goal of the Priority Male Initiative is to provide resources that will help young black men, between the ages of 18-28, reach their full potential, academically, vocationally, economically, and personally. This is accomplished by providing training and resources that aid in improving the quality of life, through free workshops conducted in economically marginalized communities; a job readiness program; a mentoring program; and the Priority Male Empowerment , a collaborative referral center.
Overcoming the Odds: Success Strategies for Young Men and Propel Yourself to Success Workshops
These free workshop series provide key life lessons and resources to young men of color, between ages of 18 and 28, and are conducted at public libraries and other venues in metropolitan Atlanta and surrounding areas. Each session includes the PMI workshop, "Five Steps to Success", lunch, a film, an open forum and a keynote speech.
The PROPEL Academy
The PROPEL Academy is a condensed life skills and job readiness programs for young men of color, between the ages of 18 and 28, and includes personalized assessments, structured classes, workshops, field trips, life skill coaches, mentoring and other activities.
The Man-2-Man Mentoring Program
The Man-2-Man Mentoring Program matches Priority Male Initiative participants, who can benefit from the one-on-one support of positive male role models, with male mentors to help them navigate their journey toward manhood and create sustainable change in their lives. Mentors are screened, provided mentoring/life skills training, and monitored by the CCMA to insure that appropriate support is provided to mentees.
PRIORITY MALE EMPOWERMENT NETWORK (PMEN)
The Priority Male Empowerment Network is a collaborate Initiative that provides services and resources to empower young men of color through a network of agencies and organizations. Organizations, employers and agencies that provide education, training, empowerment, and other services for young men of color are listed in the PMEN Directory. PMEN members are listed on the CCMA website with a description of services and linkage to their websites. Applications can be made online or by calling into office.
PMEN services include screening, counseling, and referrals of young men of color to network partners and other agencies for specialized training, employment, housing, and other needed resources as described below:
• Screening – Applicants are screened and assessed to identify specific needs and goals.
• Counseling – CCMA caseworkers provide counseling to applicants, as deemed necessary.
• Referrals – PMEN applicants are referred to agencies that provide needed services.
• Linkage to Network Partners – Links to network organizations and agencies that provide services to young men of color are accessible on the CCMA website.
• Propel Yourself to Success Workshops – Quarterly sessions are held to educate and introduce young men of color to service providers in the community.
• Nonprofit Forums- Networking forums will be held on at least an annual basis to focus on challenges, strategies and resources that will benefit non-profit organizations.
The Black Male Empowerment Expo
is an annual event for young males that includes service providers, interactive workshops, a powerful film, health screenings, a resource panel, an open forum and lunch.
All CCMA programs are free of charge to participants, and made possible by donations of time, funds, and resources from our donors, mentors, community partners, and volunteers. CCMA needs additional volunteers and partners to enhance and expand its services. You are invited to join us in our efforts to empower young men to live more productive lives.