AYC, a New Name In Preservation.
Currently, the Atlanta Youth Corps consists of two crews: the Old Fourth Ward Crew and the West Side Crew. These two crews completed their initial six-week training period on August 29th and received certifications in urban conservation, light construction and urban agriculture at their graduation ceremony on August 30th.
After completing the training, the West Side crew worked for two weeks clearing invasive species at Lindsay Street Park as well as Vine City Park under the direction of Ed Castro Landscape. After this, the crew worked for three weeks with the National Park Service at the Chattahoochee Recreation Area. Starting this week, they began working at Maddox Park, which is located on the West Side of Atlanta, doing invasive species removal. The area where they are working is located directly alongside Proctor Creek. Next, they will undergo masonry training for two weeks before starting a long-term project at Vine City Park.
The Old Fourth Ward Crew is working at the National Park Service’s MLK National Historic site in conjunction with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as the Hope Crew. They are restoring one of the historic shotgun houses located adjacent from the Martin Luther King birth home. The restoration primarily includes carpentry, painting and prep work. The crew is finishing up this project on October 24th. Next they will be working with Ed Castro Landscape Company doing some horticulture and landscape work for 4 weeks.
Both crews are very excited to be a part of AYC and are benefitting from the program tremendously.
– Atiba Jones, Atlanta Youth Corps (AYC) Program Manager