Community News: Atlanta Police Foundation and AT&T Open Digital Media Center for Westside Youth

Joining together once again to benefit Westside’s youth, the Atlanta Police Foundation (APF) and AT&T opened a new digital media center in APF’s At-Promise Center, a youth center created to combat juvenile crime and replace the “at-risk” label. The media center will educate youth about the entertainment industry, equipping them with highly sought-after skills needed in Atlanta as the city continues to flourish as an entertainment hub. Featuring cameras and other video equipment, the interactive experience is immersive and engaging for children.

The digital media center ribbon cutting was held Feb. 27, 2019, and attended by Venessa Harrison, President of AT&T Georgia, Dave Wilkinson, President and CEO of APF, Westside residents, Westside Future Fund and other organizations supporting Westside neighborhoods.

As we work to cultivate a future of opportunity and promise for Westside residents, it is our hope the AT&T Digital Lab will help equip our youth – tomorrow’s leaders – with the film and digital entertainment skills needed to compete in one of Georgia’s highest demand industries,” said Harrison of the new media center.

The idea for the digital media center originated from the recent Westside Storytelling Competition hosted by APF, AT&T and re:imagine/ATL. The competition brought together teenagers from the Westside area who formed teams to write, direct and produce short films using the theme of restoration.

Read more about the ribbon cutting event in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The ribbon cutting event was attended by the President of AT&T Georgia Venessa Harrison and President and CEO of APF Dave Wilkinson.