As a vibrant public park and a treasured historic resource, Oakland Cemetery is a unique site where K-12 students can learn about the past and contemplate the future. Today, our goal is to raise $15,000 to enhance educational programming at Oakland. Your GAgives on #GivingTuesday donation will
- Empower high schoolers in workforce programs
- Open doors for schools eager to explore Oakland
- Nurture budding STEAM talents at summer camps
And, as a special thank you, everyone who donates to our GAgives on #GivingTuesday campaign will be entered into a drawing for an Oakland tote filled with Oakland Cemetery items! Learn more.
Empowering Atlanta Highschoolers with Paid On-the-Job Training
This spring Historic Oakland Foundation will launch the second year of its workforce development program, the Youth Landscape and Hardscape Team (YLHT). This summer program for Atlanta Title 1 high school students provides steady, paid summer employment, on-the-job training, and skills that prepare students for the adult workforce. Working alongside HOF staff, team members learn basic landscaping and horticulture skills or basic preservation and masonry skills. Through community support for this program, we are able to waive program application fees, pay participating students an hourly wage, provide uniforms and tools, and advance students’ financial literacy resume-writing, and interviewing skills, better enabling them to enter the workforce.
Removing Barriers to Field Trips and Teacher Resources
Students visiting Oakland on field trips learn about the rich diversity found within its walls — from history, civics, and the arts to earth science, environmental sustainability, and horticulture. For some schools, however, the field trip cost of $6 per student is prohibitive. Your gift will allow us to make a visit to Oakland possible for all by covering the per-student cost and helping cover bus rentals or other transportation for students to Oakland. It will also allow HOF to develop new tours, guides, and activities for students and purchase resources like art supplies, educational materials, and technology.
Igniting a Passion for STEAM at School Break and Summer Camps
In spring 2024 we will launch spring break and summer enrichment camps for metro-area upper-elementary students. These immersive, week-long camps will have elements of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) woven into each session. With community support, we aim to serve dozens of students from diverse backgrounds in the inaugural year of these camps.
HOF Executive Director Richard Harker on our Ga Gives goals: