What is CultivateATL?
Grove Park Renewal (GPR) is an organization that exists to combat the gentrification of the Grove Park neighborhood. By providing residents with affordable housing, this grants families and individuals the stability to flourish in all facets of life - education, employment, mental and physical health, spiritual growth, relational connections, and more. Our new assets-based program, CultivateATL, was created to inspire personal growth in our residents as they learn how to better connect with themselves, one another, the community, and other resources that can improve their ovreall quality of life and promote the flourishing of our beloved neighborhood.
On February 2nd, 2022, we launched our first ever CultivateATL class to kick off the program. This pilot class is composed of 8 adults and 8 children from the Grove Park Renewal neighborhood. Together, they meet weekly to attend classes/social gatherings where they discuss, learn, and grow as individuals within the context of a strengthened community.
Over the course of 12 weeks, participants are taught the following skills: asset mapping, strength identification, SMART goal setting, and goal achievement. Ultimately, the aim is to teach residents how to utilize the margin created through their newly-acquired housing stability with GPR. It is important to note, however, that this margin is not merely financial, but it is also deeply pervasive and personal, leaving our residents in a unique position to capitalize on opportunities in ways they have never been able to before. This is where CultivateATL steps in to help residents recognize resources in the community, identify personal strengths and abilities, dream up tangible goals for their lives, and successfully execute them in real time.
I had an amazing time getting to know other people and their stories. I feel more at home in Grove Park now that I know myself and my neighbors better than ever before.
The class had an amazing feeling. It was a family class. We all truly care about one another. It taught me how to set my goals and nail them down. The class pushed my mindset to another level. I can't wait to attend the next session.
I learned how to make wiser choices, and how to be open a little more with my feelings. I learned how to be friendly and patient. It has helped me connect with the people around me more.