Big Brothers Big Sisters unveils new home | Community Spirit
ATLANTA -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta has a new home.
The mentoring program will hold a ribbon cutting Thursday at its new 25,000-square-foot facility in Midtown.
"This building called us," BBBSMA president and CEO Janice McKenzie-Crayton said Thursday from the building's mentoring room, where children can meet with their adult mentors after school and on Saturdays. "It's a space that speaks to any age."
McKenzie-Crayton said the decision to move the headquarters from Edgewood Avenue to Peachtree Street will make the program more accessible for children in need, as well as adults who wish to work with them.
From Peachtree Street, the new building looks like an old house. McKenzie-Crayton said 5,000 square feet of the facility, including its executive suite and accounting department, are in the house.
The rest of the headquarters is housed in a modern add-on. It features a board room, an area for potential mentors to undergo interviews and a learning center that gives children a space to study and do homework. BBBSMA VP of program services Julio Carrillo said children can borrow books from the learning center and track their reading online; finishing books makes them eligible for prizes, including gift certificates and event tickets.
BBBSMA Board of Directors chairwoman Meredith Leapley said she hopes the new facility will attract more mentors to the program.
"I believe that we need to be a landmark in this city," she said.
Fellow board member Ron Stewart gave a testament to the program's potential. Nearly 30 years ago, he became a mentor to Barry Mills. Mills went on to graduate from Georgia Tech and is now a BBBSMA mentor. He and Stewart are also business partners; they teamed up with celebrity chef Richard Blais to begin two successful restaurant concepts: Flip burger boutique and HD1.
The new Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta building is located at 1382 Peachtree Street NE. Learn more at bbbsatl.org.