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The Young Adult Guidance Center, (YAGC) is an accredited, community-based, 501 ©(3), non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of runaway, homeless, displaced, and other “at-risk” youth and young adults through the provision of a broad array of services and supports. Located in Northwest Atlanta, Georgia, YAGC serves approximately 500 youth and young adults each year through its various programs and initiatives.

The emergency shelter/ transitional living program services homeless, runaway, and displaced young males, ages 14-24 throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan area. This program serves as a cornerstone—reuniting our youth with their families and helping them attain the necessary skills to en-ter society and be self-sufficient. In 2015, YAGC provided over 70 health referrals and over 500 hair cuts to these consumers.

The DFCS/DJJ youth housing program provides room and board, structure, and a goal-oriented environment to youth under custody of the Department of Family and Children Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice equipping them with the necessary tools to enter the workforce and/or pursue a college education.

House of Pride is an independent living program for homeless LGBTQ youth ages 18-22. The program creates an environment where residents have an increased sense of safety; improved well being; improved self-sufficiency; and increased number of long term relationships. With housing services, youth are also provided with wrap around services including case management and referral access to social services, welfare, legal ser-vices, medical and mental health care, and HIV/STD prevention and consolation.

It is always amazing to see how youth excel when provided the opportunity. Our programs do just that - allow youth to excel.

09:00 am - 05:00pm

Watchful Oversight (DFCS/DJJ)

Independent Living Program

KidsLink Behavioral Health Program

Emergency/Transitional Housing

Join us for "Our Youth Speak", a radio show facilitated by YAGC youth in discussion of pertinent topics of today !!
The Young Adult Guidance Center, Inc. (YAGC) has launched its interactive "Our Youth Speaks" radio broadcast.  We invite you to listen every 2nd Sunday at 4PM on 1480 WYZE on your AM Radio Dial.  
"Our Youth Speak" is facilitated by youth and will cover a wide-range of pertinent topics. We encourage you to listen, enjoy, and call in. The show can be accessed at the broadcast time by clicking the link below:


By Willie W. Hunter - YAGC Board President


Born December 15, 1937 in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Jacquelyn Ponder grew up in the Atlanta Hunter Hill community.  Married to Billie J Ponder for 61 years and have one son, two daughters, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

Dr. Ponder grew up in the Sunday School and Baptist training Programs of the church.  Over the years has served in many capacities, such as Sunday school Teacher, Director of vacation Bible School; Institutional Director; Youth Council Organizer and President; Seminar and Workshop Organizer and Instructor; Editor of the church newsletter; and Director of Christian Education of Christian Education.  Has served as the Youth Advisor in the Mount Calvary Association; served as Director of Christian Education at Mid-Way Missionary Baptist Church; served as an assistant pastor at Community Fellowship Christian Center, Inc.  Pastor Ponder is Founder and Pastor of In Jesus Name Church in Senoia Georgia.

Just a few of Dr.Ponder's civic activities include:  former Girl Scout Leader, VP of the Board of Paradise Church Academy, the Educational Committe of Project Atlanta-Crim Cluster Academy, Preesident Jimmy Carter's Project, memeber of the Butler Street YMCA and the Southerneastern YMCA and serves as a board member of the Young Adult Guidance Center, Inc. (an emergency shelter for teens and young adults.

All donations help pay for the cost of living for the displaced youth we serve.

YAGC 30th Anniversary Celebration

Out of the Darkness, Into The Light

The Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose 515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue

Atlanta, GA 30318

KidsLink provides Mental health services for youth with behavioral health issues; services include initial assessments, crisis intervention, community support intervention, and group, individual, and family therapy..

"OUR YOUTH SPEAK"   Radio Show

Congradulations to one of our own for successfully  graduating from the Military Advanced Leader Course.  Ryan Green tied for 2nd overall. 

The Board of Directors, staff, clients and supporters of the Young Adult Guidance Center were saddened upon hearing the news of the untimely passing of one of our supporters - famed rapper Carlos Walker AKA Shawty Lo. The well known recording artist was a member of the very successful performing / recording group called - D4L.

About two years ago - Shawty Lo became familiar with the YAGC through an invitation from family member who worked with us and who invited the recording artist to visit our location at 1230 Hightower Road. Shawty also attended one of our Annual Celebrations where he was one of the featured speakers for the event.

Shawty Lo - at our Annual Celebration - spoke words of encouragement to all who were present and especially to our client population of young men. He talked about his life growing up in the Bowen Homes Public Housing Project on Bankhead. His words were headed by all as he painted a picture of going from a troubled background to becoming one of the most successful rap artists from the Atlanta area. The group D4L impacted the USA.

After having success with D4L - on the national level - Shawty Lo embarked on a solo career - releasing several well known hits that went on to endear him more to many, many fans all over the USA.


Thank you for joining us for our 30th Anniversary Celebration & Brunch. With a special guest performance by Gospel Legend Dorothy Norwood  and a word of inspiration from the Keynote speaker Atlanta City Council Member Felicia Moore we were able to celebrate 30 years of uplifting our community and serving our youth.


The celebration brunch included a sensational Musical Selection by Lanvester Jackson, Vocalists Jakki Martin and Adrian Minor and a special performance by Michael Todd(saxophonist).

Thank you for your continued support as we were able to meet our fundraising goal this year. Your financial support will assist us in serving our youth, who need our support guidance. 

30th Anniversary Celebration & Brunch : "Out of The Darkness, Into The Light

Upcoming Events:

Every 2nd Sun. 4PM on 1480 WYZE

"Our Youth Speak" YAGC                 Radio Broadcast

We Remember Rapper Shawty Lo