A "PDS” or “Professional Development Specialist" shadows each individual for one year with frequent, one-on-one meetings in the beginning and then monthly meetings once that apprentice has shown the ability to manage money and make good decisions.  The PDS mentors and coaches each apprentice on budgets, money management, spiritual guidance and basic life skills.   This one-on-one time gives the apprentice a feeling of security, knowing they have someone to talk with about their problems and needs.  We often hear our apprentices say, “My PDS has my back and that makes me feel safe and secure when life around me is becoming complicated”.

Beats the Streets strives to give a young person (male or female between the ages of 8 and 18) in need of social and recreational development and emotional support the companionship of an adult to supplement the work of parents, teachers, counselors, social workers and other social services and education professionals. 

The young people with homelessness on their plates must cope with far more personal and social pressures than any other youth. Early intervention through a structured PDS mentor relationship, are able to give young people the tools and support they need to deal effectively with these pressures.  Understanding the many social, psychological, and physical demands that the youth face is extremely important for any individual about to undertake the task of being a PDS mentor.

1) Identify Self Worth
2) Set Goals
3) Establish Community

2 Types of Mentoring:
Professional Development Specialist - staff member walks through life, job, ups & downs with these individual, children and families.  Helping them restore their value and self-worth, through a friendship first approach to mentoring and life skills training.
Personal Shadow - volunteer friend/encourager/supporter; contributes time to hang out with and genuinely befriend client.

To Volunteer for Mentoring, please contact Quincy at QJones@BeatsTheStreets.org or call (300) 289-5707

Proverbs 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.


Ou"CAP", Child Achievement Program  addresses early childcare needs and is provided by our volunteer staff and our apprentice Moms. The small children learn through story time, music and art appreciation and play time.  We use multiage groupings that foster peer learning, uninterrupted blocks of work time, and guided choice of work activity.

But Jesus said, "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."  Matthew 19:14

The Afterschool Enrichment Program incorporates volunteer tutors to assist elementary students with homework, and middle and high school students participate in Junior Achievement Courses led by volunteers.  The program also includes tutoring, physical activity, arts and crafts and a healthy snack.  It gives us the opportunity to  provide them with experiences they do not get in the classroom.  Students have 30 minutes of independent reading time. In addition, we offer structured workshops include dance, music appreciation and acting.

Life skills classes for the moms address the areas of personal finance, parenting skills, organizational skills, and health and wellness.  If needed, many moms will be placed in a counseling program for physical, mental and sexual abuse.

"Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.  As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.Psalm127: 3-4

 To Volunteer or for more information, email us at JHames@BeatsTheStreets.org  or call (678) 778-9596

We love
We love
to enrich the lives of our participants through apprenticeships, educational services and workshops, job development and training, parenting skills, mentoring and our child outreach program.
We serve
We serve
the shelters of the homeless and the poor communities with minor renovation and repairs; we also build community gardens and safe play grounds to help create community.
We care
We care
for the children’s needs of those in our program and in the communities. Our day care enrichment and after school care program incorporates tutors for their educational studies and age appropriate, life skills.
We believe
We believe
as a faith based non-profit organization, it is our mission to provide aid to the homeless, those in critical need and the shelters that provide for them.

Our Sponsors & Partners

The Salvation Army
Department of Public Safety
The Home Depot
Atlanta Fine Homes - Sotheby's International Realty
Pepperoni's Tavern
Ippolito's Neighborhood Italian
Maggiano's - Little Italy
PASS - Personalized Answering & Scheduling Services
Kendra Scott
Harry Norman Realtors