The group is focused on zapping intergenerational poverty and on assuring that all of Athens children are ready for some sort of post secondary education after finishing high school. Members have worked with children and families across the city to improve their lives.
But, for the federal agency giving out Promise Neighborhood grants, the valuable work of Whatever It Takes apparently wasn't enough. According to a story in the Athens Banner Herald, the collaborative group missed out this year on one of the grants, as it did last year.
According to the newspaper story, director Tim Johnson said that missing the grant means "we won’t be able to move as quickly. The real issue is to continue coming together to say, ‘This is what we need to do as a community to ensure success for our children.’”
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