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Rebuild The City, Inc. - dba; Greater Works Development

 

The Issue



The South Atlanta / Lakewood communities currently face a crisis of catastrophic proportions. These connecting neighborhoods encompass a low-income community comprised of 30,000 residents, 85% African American, on 800 acres, in approximately 6,300 apartment units and residential housing.

Located in the heart of poverty, hopelessness, and violence, South Atlanta / Lakewood is surrounded by:

• Gang members who actively recruit young children into lives of violence and drugs

• Poverty and addictions that cause many to live on the streets

• 7,000+ people sleep on the sidewalks in the surrounding Atlanta area

• 1 in 6 families live below the poverty line. On average, family income for the poor has declined 48% since 1967

• 41% of the families involved with foster care system are black, lack legal representation, and often make their first contact with a attorney in the courtroom with no time for preparation.

• Approximately 80% of Atlanta’s metro area inmates come from two primary zip codes: 30315 and 30318 (which includes South Atlanta/Lakewood)

 


Our Team

Mark-Anthony Mitchell, Sr., founder of Rebuild the City Inc., and Greater Works Development, is an ordained Baptist minister and the former lead Pastor of Atlanta Urban Church (2007-2011). Under his leadership, the Atlanta Urban Church became an acknowledged champion for the least of those who had no income, no home, no food and no hope. Their ministry, while serving an estimated 500 people on a monthly basis, also provided: free pre-school care, pro-rated afterschool programs, complimentary mentorship programs, free food distribution, and daily breakfast meals to the community.

He is an excellent organizer with over 20 years of experience in leadership and community development. A multi-tasked and highly motivated Pastor/Teacher with the ability to inspire, counsel, design and implement positive yet effective change in areas severely challenged by socio-economic conditions. Mark Anthony has a long history as a former staff member of these Inner-City ministries including but not exclusive to:

• Navigators Urban Ministries in Atlanta, GA & Minneapolis, MN

• S.T.E.P. (Strategies to Elevate People) Inc. in Dallas, Texas

• Youth for Christ in Decatur, GA; SAFEHOUSE Outreach Ministries in Atlanta, GA

• Founding Pastor of New Birth Inner-City Ministries in Atlanta, GA

• Extensive inner-city ministry on the continent of Africa: in North Africa (Morocco); West Africa (Ghana) and South Africa.

• Minister of Urban Missions /Outreach Director Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA

Through his vast experience as a graduate of Harvard University, being a Fulbright Scholar, and extensive travel throughout the world doing ministry among the less fortunate, Mark Anthony has developed the passion, knowledge, and expertise to bring transformational impact to inner city men and foster care alumni, particularly area residents who have served time in prison and needed help re-entering society.

Paul Wilson, Jr., Director of Business Development for Kinsman Community Ministries Inc., is a creative and effective leadership consultant with nearly 15 years of experience building leaders through developing, coordinating, and facilitating dynamic professional learning environments. He has developed expertise in leadership development, management skills, strategic planning, organizational development, career development, supply chain management, and supplier diversity. He is a respected advisor to corporations, small businesses, non-profits, and professionals at all levels.

He is a social entrepreneurship educator, small business advocate, and digital media expert, providing dynamic business and leadership training solutions to help grow businesses and organizations that strengthen communities. As a result of his strong, diverse background in business, he has consulted or spoken to several organizations including the National Football League (NFL), Fortune 500 Companies, trade organizations, small businesses, and several churches and schools all over the country.

He has published two books that have helped countless numbers of people transform the concept of a fulfilling life purpose into a meaningful reality. In addition to writing and speaking, Paul was the executive producer and host of Passion in Action TV, a motivational and educational faith-based TV show mobilizes social entrepreneurs, business leaders, and community change agents to transform their aspirations into actions.

Thomas Cotton’s early years were filled with challenges and no direction. Having gone though a criminal lifestyle which lead to being incarcerated Thomas can relate to and inspire many by his experience and turnaround. He realizes that his story is unique to him, but everyone has a story and the same change he experienced can be for everyone.

Thomas has a strong desire to see people stay alive and free from jail, prison and negative cycles. This led him in 2010 to launch Redemption & Advancement Alliance, Inc. (RAA). It was to the point he was frustrated seeing people caught in negative cycles along with going in and out of jail/prison.

He began with the purpose of providing education, inspiration and guidance to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals through group activities and services. These endeavors were designed to generate positive and productive reintegration into society, community and family. He then began to expand to organizations that served the "at risk" population along with organizations that serve those with "barriers to employments".

His hope is to have an organization that walks participants through a process, which includes working with partnering organizations, to help people break out of negative cycles, so they will be able to one day help others of the same cycles they were once a part of.

Throughout the 18 years Thomas has dedicated to help many overcome challenges, he has served in many roles that include being a youth pastor, family strengthening guide, mentor and pastor.

*Note: Biographies of our other team members who will serve as trainers and mentors are available upon request.


Our Solution




Greater Works Development Program is specifically tailored to challenge the vicious cycle of hopelessness by providing unemployed inner city residents and at risk youth employment opportunities through spiritual discipleship and job training. This much needed initiative will develop programs and opportunities to assist the homeless, foster care alumni, ex-offenders, and other unemployed men in the South Atlanta and Lakewood communities with basic employment skills to equip them to improve their standard of living and position themselves for long-term success.

We're committed to developing a high-performance workforce with high-potential inner-city men that will serve as a rich talent pool for employers. With our expert facilitators we focus on helping each participant develop the necessary mindset and skills to perform with excellence in a high pressure work environment. Our core content includes:

• Character development

• High performance attitude

• Goal setting

• Communications

• Problem solving

• Conflict management

• Financial management

 



Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Dwight Mitchell, PMP, OCP, OCS is the Founder and CEO of Family Preservation Foundation, Inc. dba Stop CPS From Legally Kidnapping Children, a strategic action network of parent organizations that has a national reach in thousands of communities across America. He is dedicated to advancing equity in society through access and opportunity so that all children can reach their full potential within the family structure. He believes in the power of the people, family, and the legal sector to be influencers of larger systemic change through its excellence, distinction, innovation, and influence.

Additionally, Dwight is the President and Founder of Mitchell & Associates, Inc., a leading international management consulting firm that specializes in providing implementation and business process reengineering services for J.D. Edwards EnterpriseOne ERP software solution customers for the past 25-years.

Mitchell is the driving force behind the company's vision, market direction, and commitment to services. He also inspires the company's unique quality of life culture by promoting core values that focus on people, customer service, quality, integrity, fun, and profitability. Company success stories and be found at the following link; MAA Achievements and Success Stories

Life Experience

A resident of the world, Mitchell travels extensively for business and has worked in and/or visited 106 countries, frequently visiting Milan, London, Paris, Madrid, Frankfurt, Germany, Prague, Stockholm, Vienna, and Dubai.

Married with four children, Dwight was the middle of three children, and played all manner of sports when he was younger.

He was also a skilled professional motorcycle Road Racer, and won the AMA Amateur National Championship in 1997, the ACU International Team Award at the 1999 Isle of Man TT races, and appeared in 3 motorcycle TV features, and over 50 motorcycle magazine articles.

Having enjoyed Errol Flynn, Swords, and Swashbuckler movies in his youth prompt Dwight to fence "Foil" competitively. Dwight won the silver medal in fencing at the New Jersey Olympics in 1994 and was attempting to qualify for the national Olympic team until a recurring ankle injury forced him to abandon his quest.

He was the captain of the golf team in high school and his hobbies include flying, scuba and sky diving, downhill skiing, mountain biking, basketball, racquetball and tennis.

An outgoing person, Dwight likes all kinds of music with contemporary jazz being his favorite, cooking different ethnic foods, traveling to new countries, and all types of dancing with his favorites being Salsa and the Latin Hustle.

 

PRIMARY CONTACT:
To send feedback, suggestions or to request information on Greater Works Development contact: info@greater-works.org