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Families First Announces Inaugural Young Professionals Board Twenty of Atlanta’s “Best in Class” will partner with top Atlanta executive mentors
ATLANTA – Today Families First, one of Atlanta’s oldest and largest non-profit organizations, announced the formation of its inaugural Young Professionals Board as a means of developing the region’s next generation of community stewards. The twenty individuals were carefully screened and selected after the organization received over seventy responses to its call for applicants.
“Corporations and non-profits alike are governed by senior professionals, but we wanted to tap into the vast creativity that is springing forth from millennial’s and young professionals,” said Families First CEO Kim Anderson. “ By giving young people direct experience in the guidance and governance of a non-profit service organization, we hope to cultivate the next generation of Atlanta leaders and benefactors.”
Over the summer of 2016, dozens of people under the age of forty competed for the chance to be individually paired with members of the Families First board of directors. Over the next year, they will serve as a shadow board, working side-by-side with their mentors to drive the organization’s strategic initiatives, implement best practices, and create sustainable financial outcomes for the agency and its clients.
For the past 126 years, Families First has been Georgia’s leading provider of services that help break intergenerational cycles of poverty. Founded in 1890 as the Leonard Street Orphan’s home on Spelman Campus, it later became the state’s first fully-licensed adoption and foster care agency. For more than a century, Families First has expanded its service profile to meet the changing needs of the region. It now serves more than 37,000 children and families each year.
Families First formed its first board of directors 119 years ago. Since then, the organization has been consistently lauded for its high integrity and mission delivery. The new Young Professionals Board initiative will bring in new talent each year as Families First strives to serve 200,000 by 2020.
“The individuals we have invited to join our Young Professionals Board truly are the best in class that Atlanta has to offer,” said Ms. Anderson. “I fully anticipate that our seasoned board members will gain as much from the mentoring experience as will those under their tutelage.”
Biographies and photos of each new member of the Families First Young Professionals Board can be found at this link: http://www.familiesfirst.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/YPB-Roster.pdf.