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File #: 2020-1122    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Preliminary Item
File created: 9/15/2020 In control: ERPS-Employee Relations & Public Safety Committee
On agenda: 9/22/2020 Final action:
Title: Commission District(s): Districts 5 & 7 Approval of $12,000 for the Human Services Department to Support the Implementation of a Virtual Entrepreneurial Training Program for DeKalb Youth- At A Cost of $12,000 to the County

Public Hearing: YES ? NO ? Department: Human Services

SUBJECT:
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Commission District(s): Districts 5 & 7
Approval of $12,000 for the Human Services Department to Support the Implementation of a Virtual Entrepreneurial Training Program for DeKalb Youth- At A Cost of $12,000 to the County
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Information Contact: Damon Scott, Director, Human Services Department
Phone Number: (404) 687-2385

PURPOSE:
To consider approval of funding in the amount of $12,000 for the Human Services Department to provide support in the implementation of a youth entrepreneurial training program for DeKalb youth selling bottled water. The program will be implemented for six weeks (from October 2020-December 2020).

NEED/IMPACT:
There is a current trend for youth interested in making money to sell bottled water. These young people can be found outside of sporting events, entertainment venues and at busy intersections. Over the course of the last four months, there has been an increase of violent incidents associated with youth selling water at busy intersections around the Atlanta Metro Area. Incidents include: a teen death, turf wars between the youth, incidents of near accidents in which youth were almost hit by cars and multiple reports from citizens who feel harassed by youth.

According to the United Way of Greater Atlanta's Child Well-Being Index, 52%, of DeKalb's 108,694 youth are living in low or very low economic conditions. Purchasing cases of water and then reselling them for dollar a bottle is an easy way for a young person to make money. It is widely believed that the main reason youth are selling water is their need to provide additional money to help their families. The development of an entrepreneurial training program will provide these youth with knowledge to enhance their skills to build safer micro-businesses.

The training program will be developed by DeKalb Work Source and the Human Servic...

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