East Lake Programs
The Foundation sponsors programs that offer Atlanta’s East Lake residents opportunities to build a better future for themselves and their families. Our success relies on a model that combines mixed-income housing, cradle-to-college education and community wellness as its foundation.
The Villages of East Lake is a great place to live for people who want a sense of community and the conveniences of intown living. The beautiful apartment and townhome complex has tennis courts, a swimming pool and play areas and is encircled by the picture-perfect Charlie Yates Golf Course.
East Lake Healthy Connections
East Lake Healthy Connections (ELHC) ensures that all eligible East Lake families (in The Villages of East Lake or served by the Drew Charter School pipeline) are connected to accessible medical homes, effectively utilize primary and preventive health care services, and properly manage chronic diseases. The program builds on a comprehensive health scan survey conducted by the Foundation and national research on best practices for community health programs.
East Lake Healthy Connections leverages existing relationships with the Foundation’s partners, particularly the East Lake Family YMCA, to benefit families served by the East Lake Foundation’s programs and services. This program is funded through a generous three-year grant from the Jesse Parker Williams Foundation.
Start: ME East Lake
Start: ME East Lake is 14-week program in partnership with Social Enterprise @ Goizueta at Emory University that offers the business training, mentorship support and early-stage financing that promising micro-entrepreneurs need to develop viable and sustainable microbusinesses. When successful, these microbusinesses (employing between 1 and 4 employees) not only generate income for entrepreneurs and their families, but also help build neighborhood vitality. Between 15-20 entrepreneurs in the East Lake and Kirkwood neighborhoods are chosen to participate in an intensive skills-based program, meet and work with a panel of banking experts, and be mentored by a carefully selected group of business leaders and peers.
The program features a loan pool of $30,000 that will be invested in top three businesses, enabling the most promising entrepreneurs to receive low-interest working capital loans at the end of the program. The entrepreneurs themselves select who receives these loans.
For more information, visit the Start: ME East Lake website.
The First Tee® of East Lake
This year-round golf instruction and life skills program of the East Lake Foundation helps to enhance the academic achievement of area youth.
Formerly known as the East Lake Junior Golf Academy, The First Tee of East Lake is now part of the World Golf Foundation’s First Tee program. This initiative provides young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship through golf and character education.
The program serves East Lake children and teens (ages 5-17) at the Charlie Yates Golf Course, a public, nine-hole golf course designed by Rees Jones.
Students in grades 2-8 who attend East Lake's Drew Charter School learn about golf through physical education classes and other golf-related activities held during and after school, along with summer and Saturday programs and golf outings with corporate executives and professional golfers.
Some junior golfers go on to compete in golf tournaments around the country. Drew graduates who continue with the program quickly learn golf can help open doors to college, scholarships and jobs.
To be eligible to participate, a child must currently attend or have graduated from Drew Charter School or live in the 30316 or 30317 zip code.
For information, please call 404 373-4351 or visit The First Tee of East Lake website.
The Friends of The First Tee of East Lake
We salute this group of community leaders with an appreciation for golf and a desire to make a positive impact on the lives of East Lake children. The Friends of The First Tee of East Lake organization was symbolically created March 17, 2004, on legendary golfer Bobby Jones’ birthday.
Current board members include:
|Cary Weems, Chair||Frank Mummert|
|Robert Murphy, Co-Chair||David Poer|
|Mark DiCristina||Bert Ponder|
|Willis Dobbs||Drew Reifenberger|
|David Falgoust||Hamilton Reynolds|
|Lillian Giornelli||Tony Ruane|
|Jim Hatcher||Patty Stafford|
|Douglas D. James||Jim Thanner|
|Bruce Kirst||Dom Wyant|