Three teachers, trained in the HOPE curriculum, teach units at Carson Middle School and Greene County High School. The middle school curriculum focuses heavily on goal setting and developing a positive and healthy self image. Relationships, differences between males and females, and sexually transmitted diseases are key components of the high school curriculum.
For the 2009-2010 school year, 209 students were enrolled in HOPE classes at Carson Middle School for the first nine weeks and 176 for the second nine weeks. One hundred eighty one students were enrolled in HOPE classes at the high school during the first semester and 239 for the second semester.
As an instructor for the HOPE program since 2008, Chandra demonstrates a deep passion and belief in the HOPE lessons. Anyone talking with her understands that she cares deeply for the well being of her students.
Chandra graduated from Greene County High School, and then from Artistic Beauty College in Conyers. She became a licensed, ordained minister in 2006. Also, she is the owner of Beauty with Class Beauty Salon.
She and her husband Danny Wright have been married for 16 years and they have three children: Whitley, Nya' and Danahj.
During her career, Nesial has worked as: a media specialist in a law library, staff liaison for a battered women's group, founded a book club at a state prison, taught unemployment skills to soon-to-be-released inmates, created Restoration Ministries to encourage and inspire women, and has played an inspirational role in the lives of ATLAS's families since 2008.
The opportunity to serve her community has always been her dream and her position as Family Services Leader gives her the opportunity to do just that. Because Nesial was surrounded by Godly women who encouraged her through many difficult times by sharing love and the Word of God with her, she feels called to give the same to others.
One of Nick's responsibilities is coordinating "The GAP", a learning program and activities for the sons of ATLAS clients. On the first and third Friday afternoon of each month, guys between the ages of 11 and 16 have a time to learn and share.
Nick encourages the young fellows to share their thoughts and feelings with him. He views his time with them as an opportunity to build character in their young lives and encourages them to a genuine and authentic relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Also, he teaches them that God's grace is for everybody and anybody.
"Together we go where the Lord leads in our Friday afternoon sessions", says Nick.
Not only does Nick care about the young men in "The Gap", but he also loves his work at ATLAS. He serves as a counselor, mentor, and certified educator of the HOPE (healthy options for personal empowerment) program for the teenagers in the Greene County school system.
Nick's eyes reflect his commitment to serving, his heart overflows with sharing God's Word and God's love with all, especially those who are hurting. "A person doesn't care how much you know until they know that you care", he continued.
The mission of Greene County High School is to provide all students with a quality education that supports success in an ever-changing world.