June 17, 2015

In This Issue:
The Center for Children & Young Adults (CCYA) is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment with comprehensive services for homeless youth and young adults who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or are at risk.
The kindness and generosity of individuals and organizations continue to make a difference in the lives of the kids we serve. 

Thanks to those who gave in    April 2015:


Kathy Rice

Sandra Penton

Mark Steele

Sherry & Steve Shellman

Karen & Martin Slack

Gerald & Barbara Dyck

Teresa Garrison

Hal & Peggy Eckard

Linda Hamrick

George & Thea Powell

Larry & Kay Anderson

Cindi & Eric Yeager

John & Kimberly Pullen

James Newman

Willie & Kimberly Daniely

Nadia Chochol

Frank & Gay Baldasare

Tamara & Jeremy Townsend

Alma & Joanne Shellman

The Scott Hudgens Family Foundation

UW of Greater Atlanta

UW of Greater Atlanta

UW of Greater Atlanta

UW of Greater Atlanta

UW of Greater Atlanta

UW of Greater Kansas

UW of Greater Atlanta

American Charities

UW of Greater Atlanta

IBM Employee Service Center

Rotary Club of Marietta Metro

AT&T Employee Giving Campaign

IBM Employee Service Center

Pulte Group


SunTrust UW Campaign


Varsity Brands, LLC

Chanel Grant

Betts Fisher

Cynthia Barton

Linda Petkus

Cathy Haire

Linda Rutzen

Diane Fowler

Kelly Johnson   

Claudia Hazen

Jujuan Thomas

Melinda Stuck

Melissa Sneed

Kids Helping Kids


The Center for Children & Young Adults has been fortunate to have several youth groups think about us while doing a project in their community.  Volunteering is a wonderful way for your child to learn new skills while helping out in their community. Volunteering teaches responsibility, relationship building, team work, exposure to new interests, relieves summer boredom, and much more! 


The Senior Youth group of St. Catherine's Episcopal Church participated in a "Stay Mission Trip."  While staying in their youth house, they participated in mission work around the Marietta area.  One afternoon, they chose to set up outside their local Target and collect items from the CCYA summer wish list.

A group of girls from The National Charity League (NCL) shopped for summer outfits, shoes, and accessories for one of our girls who has graduated from our Independent Living Program, Life Works. The girls had a great time putting together their raised funds, creating a budget, and shopping for some trendy, fun items for our past resident who needed a little help with some clothing costs. Although our kids leave us to live on their own, they always know we are there to help them, should they need us.


These types of donation drives are a HUGE help with our expenses and offset costs to our budget. If your child belongs to a church youth group, girls scout troop, or other civic organization and they are interested in helping our kids by doing a donation drive, please contact Director of Marketing & Fund Development, Andrea Watkins at awatkins@ccyakids.org or (770)485-1639. 


Celebrating 30 Years!

Lisa Cupid, District 4 Commissioner (L) & Kimberley Borna, CCYA Chief Executive Officer (R)
On June 4, 2015, we celebrated our 30th year of service along with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new outdoor recreation area. Lisa Cupid, District 4 Commissioner, attended and did the honors of cutting the ribbon. An article about the event was featured in The Marietta Daily Journal, which was subsequently picked up by the Associated Press. Many old and new faces alike joined in the celebration. The young men in our Another Chance shelter home were excited to wear their new uniforms and to entertain guests with a basketball game. Their uniforms and shoes were donated by The Assistance League, longtime supporters of The Center. Guests played volleyball with the young ladies in our Open Gate shelter home. We also grilled hot dogs, provided tours, and one of our talented residents performed a song.


None of this would have been possible without the support of A Million Matters $100,000 grant. Because of their generosity, we went from having a basketball goal by the dumpster in the loading dock to a large outdoor recreation area that includes full basketball and volleyball courts, two four-square playing areas, a barbecue area, picnic tables, and two pavilions. We now have more to offer our residents and another area where residents, staff, and volunteers can engage with one another. We are extremely thankful! 

Sponsors Needed: 

CCYA's The Best is Yet to Come

For the past six years, CCYA has hosted " The Best is Yet to Come ." The event highlights and celebrates the accomplishments and talents of our youth - some of whom have never been celebrated before. It serves as an opportunity for them to receive recognition and support from the community. This year the event will take place at 6:30PM on Friday, July 31, 2015 at the Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square . This year's theme is "Today the World, Tomorrow the Stars." There will be performances by our choir, dancers, band, and more. Admission is free and open to the public.

We are asking your assistance in making this year's event a success by becoming a sponsor. Your generous contribution will help pay for awards (medals and trophies), wardrobe\costumes, props, and other costs associated with production. This is a great way for you, your family, or company to support The Center! All contributions to the event are tax deductible.

For more information, please contact the Director of Volunteer Services & Youth Activities, Kimberly Tinsley at 770-485-1627. Thank you!

Levels of Support

Show Stopper - $750
Preferred placement of company name & logo on posters
Preferred seating for 8 at the event
Stage announcement
Full page ad in event program

The Star - $500
Company name & logo on posters
Preferred seating for 6 at the event
Half page ad in event program

Supporting Actor - $250
Company name & logo on posters
Logo placed in event program

Opening Act - $100
Thank you placed in event program