HISTORY

Corners began with volunteers at Berkeley Lake Elementary school in 2010 working with kids.  After serving the school for a short time, we realized there was a massive education problem in Georgia. This issue impacts us today & also in the future.  


Every high school dropout costs Georgia taxpayers approximately $292,000.


In a recent study, students who do not read proficiently by 3rd grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers. Poverty* compounds the problem: Students who have lived in poverty are three times more likely to drop out or fail to graduate on time than their more affluent peers


To impact the value of education and be a catalyst for increased graduation, we partnered with elementary schools in our community to begin Corners Academy.  We are partnered with Berkeley Lake, Beaver Ridge, Hightower, Norcross and Kingsley Elementary.


Corners Academy has been a huge success, with:


21% increase in reading            49% increase in math         54% increase in writing


*Title I elementary schools are increasing quickly. Title I is a federal program that provides funds to schools and districts based upon the percentage of students qualifying to receive free or reduced price meals.  Four of the five elementary schools we work with are over 80% meal assisted.



United Way of Greater Atlanta focuses on ensuring every child has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. 


Thriving communities start with thriving children;  babies who are born healthy; children who grow up in secure homes and in safe neighborhoods with healthy food and access to medical care; kids who read proficiently by third grade; teens who graduate from high school prepared for college, careers and life; and adults who are educated, employed and housed.


Today, of the nearly 1.3 million children living in Greater Atlanta, nearly 500,000 of them are living in communities of low child well-being. 


Per Oxford Learning, two months of reading skills are lost in the summer. In response, we started a summer camp that continues education for up to 9 weeks. Summer camp allows weekly volunteer groups to connect with children in fun, engaging ways, offering education, games, crafts, and bible time. Overall, we believe education and meaningful connections are the most important building blocks in a child’s life.

 

Through building relationships with the parents in these communities, we discovered job opportunities were lacking. Born from this need, in early 2017, Corners Outreach began the process of opening Corners Industries, a jobs program that can help break cycles of poverty.

 

Corners Outreach's Staff and Board is multicultural and bilingual. 

Our daily focus is on seven metrics, in addition to living out the Corners Outreach mission of being a catalyst for 100% of students to graduate high school and improve career opportunities for underemployed parents.