The NAIOP Georgia Chapter has always been dedicated to community service. Each year we hold a black-tie charity fundraiser called NAIOP Night. The evening consists of cocktails, seated dinner, silent auction, and the hilarious antics of a first-class comedian. Past performers have been Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Cosby, Wayne Brady, Darrell Hammond, Rita Rudner and Frank Caliendo. For over 10 years, YES!Atlanta has been the NAIOP Georgia Chapter’s designated charity for this event, and in 2008 we added the Ron Clark Academy as an additional beneficiary. (Go to the Photo Gallery to view pictures of this year's event.)
YES!Atlanta seeks out young people “on the edge” and supports them in becoming fulfilled, productive members of our society. By providing these youth with opportunities for personal success and growth, YES!Atlanta’s programs enhance self-esteem and increase appreciation of, and trust in, parents and other adults. At the same time, the program impacts participating adults attitudes, beliefs, and feelings about “at-risk” youth and what is possible for them. YES!Atlanta has gone from being in a small residence in town to a being housed in a large school which offers an “after school” program, daily classes, tutoring and a constant “safe place” for students in addition to its regular programming.
The Ron Clark Academy combines state-of-the-art facilities, innovative instruction, and creative, dynamic teachers, the Academy offers a world-class education to not only inner-city kids, but also to visiting teachers from around the world. Educators learn new methods as kids from all ability levels and economic backgrounds get a one-of-a-kind school experience. And, the learning experience extends beyond the brightly-colored walls of the Academy; before the students leave the school in eighth grade, they will pursue a global education that takes them to six of the seven continents.