American Teens on The Move (ATOM)

American Teens on The Move (ATOM) is a program for high school students designed to promote academic achievement, civic involvement, and physical and emotional development as they prepare and plan for successful pathways after graduation.

DMDA in partnership with local high schools, colleges, industry leaders, the Chamber of Commerce, and governmental entities provide awareness and access to individuals seeking job opportunities.

DMDA’s workforce development strategy is to provide students with information about available jobs in Decatur-Morgan County, opportunities to prepare for available jobs and ultimately access to positions after a training period has been completed. DMDA and its partners continue to discuss diversity and inclusion as a key ingredient for a healthier work environment.

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DMDA promotes and encourages healthy lifestyles in the Decatur and Morgan County Community. DMDA works with healthcare providers, individuals and agencies committed to improving education, resources, access and outcomes for important healthcare initiatives.

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Owning a home remains an important tool for wealth building and personal security. DMDA is committed to helping families and individuals with low to moderate incomes, improve their quality of life through education and information about affordable home mortgages.
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  • improve quality of life
  • access to resources

DMDA assists individuals in gaining knowledge and access to resources that can help everyone realize the American dream of home ownership.

Minority citizens are represented disproportionately in the criminal justice system. DMDA is committed to working with the criminal justice system to provide opportunities and enhance awareness of interventions that will help reduce the number of minorities introduced into the justice system.

DMDA address issues i.e., unemployment, the uneducated, substance abuse, truancy, single parent homes and other high risk factors that contribute to crime and delinquency in our community

AMERICAN TEENS ON THE MOVE (ATOM)

Who

American Teens on The Move (ATOM)

is a program for high school students designed to promote academic achievement, civic involvement, and physical and emotional development as they prepare and plan for successful pathways after graduation.

What

ATOM is an initiative to prepare youth for successful lives after high school by providing enhanced academic support to students in preparation for postsecondary success.

Sponsored by the Decatur-Morgan County Minority Development Association, the program will administer services to high school juniors, seniors or other identified students in the high-risk categories for remediation or those needing motivation to help them achieve reasonable goals in the educational processes.

Why

The ATOM Program was initially established as a result of a disproportionate amount of minority male student’s from economically disadvantage families applying for college or other advanced career opportunities through DMDA.

Additionally, there is overwhelming evidence that suggest this subgroup represents 61% of the prison population here in Alabama as well as in the entire United States. DMDA is committed to reversing these trends in our community by pursuing aggressive community engagement that will address the challenges facing this high risk population.

How

DMDA will plan and administer all activities and services for the ATOM program development.

The association also will conduct regular focus groups with school administration to ensure the program is developing appropriately and addressing the needs of the schools, students and other community shareholders.


DMDA Events

The 2017 Annual Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast featured A Keynote address delivered by Steve Bateman,Senior Pastor of First Bible Church Decatur/Madison. Here are some excerpts from his message.
The 2018 annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast is scheduled for January 15, 2018, come celebrate and embrace the diversity that exist in this community. We hope to see you all there.

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