History of the Andrew Young Foundation
The Andrew J. Young Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2003. We developed a global network through our foundation, documentaries and relationships to schools. Our major program areas included: Developing Leaders with a Public Purpose; Natural Medicines and Nutrition; Communicating Possibilities; the Atlanta Project, and Small Grants Program.
- Ambassador Young started this foundation to respond to the many needs that came before him: a charity in Malawi; civil rights veterans; a middle school jazz band.
- The work expanded to include special programs at the Andrew Young School for Policy Studies. This evolved into the Developing Leaders with Public Purpose Focus. We have convened leadership development conferences and dialogs, shared lessons with students, provided scholarships, conducted cross-generational programs. We have also developed a course and public seminar series on leadership for the Leadership Center at Morehouse College.
- In 2007, Ambassador Young made the documentary “Rwanda Rising.” This evolved into the Communicating Possibilities program area. Now in its third year, Andrew Young Presents produced 12 one hour documentaries for television. Two programs from the first season received recognition from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, Southeast, better known as the Emmys. Ambassador Young also received the Governor’s Award for Life time achievement. The series received three EMMYS for the second season and 7 TELLY awards.
- Ambassador Young’s work with PROMETRA, an international organization based in Senegal, West Africa has become the center of our program for Natural Medicines and Nutrition
- In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, we have worked for the past three years to promote child nutrition in Africa.
- We are developing the Atlanta Project, a book and film documentary on the making of modern Atlanta, through the lens of Ambassador Young.