The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta hosted its annual Great Futures Start Here Banquet on March 19, 2015. Former NFL and Georgia Tech football player, James Butler, was the guest speaker. 

The Great Futures Start Here Youth of the Year program celebrates local youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character. These deserving young people are recognized for service to their Club and community, academic performance and contributions to their family. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.  These young men and women represent their Club in our Great Futures Start Here Banquet, where one is selected as The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta’s Youth of the Year.

Salvation Army Youth of the Year Nominees:

Cedrick Cash, Jr.- Fuqua Youth of the Year

The oldest of four, Cedrick is being raised by his single mother. He helps out around the house with his younger siblings and around the Club with younger members. Cedrick has been a member of the Club for eight years and has participated in Torch Club and Keystone Club. Cedrick states that the male staff at the Club have been remarkable role models. Cedrick is a sophomore at Booker T. Washington High School and plans to go to Georgia Southern University to major in Psychology.

Nia Johnson– Peachcrest Youth of the Year

Nia has been an active member of the Club for four years. She has been the President of the Keystone Club. In addition to her dedication to her Club, she is a junior at Columbia High School where she is a member of Students Against Destructive Decision against Drug/Alcohol abuse and plays on the Volleyball and Soccer team. Nia plans to attend Alabama State University to pursue a degree in Sports Broadcasting.

Jalen Coleman– 2015 Youth of the Year The Salvation Army  Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta

Jalen attends Woodward Academy, where he is a senior with a 3.65+ GPA with multiple honors and AP courses.  Jalen has been a member of the Club for eleven years where he has achieved and excelled in numerous programs, Volunteered and served as a Peer Tutor.  Once Jalen completes high school, he plans to attend Yale University and major in Law. He aspires to become a Lawyer, Judge and a United State Senator. Jalen is a conscientious student who has a positive attitude toward education and is highly motivated to attend college. Jalen is highly self-disciplined, dedicated to his work and eager to assume additional responsibilities.



With temperatures dropping into the low 20’s throughout Atlanta tonight and tomorrow, The Salvation Army reminds those who are homeless to take cover in a homeless shelter or warming station. There, homeless individuals and families will be shielded from numbing temperatures that make surviving outside for long periods challenging.

In response to these dangerous conditions, The Salvation Army in metro Atlanta will continue to offer emergency shelter to homeless individuals and families seeking refuge from the cold. The Red Shield shelter located at 400 Luckie Street in downtown Atlanta has 324 beds in its overnight shelter and will have up to 90 additional mats for individuals and families who enter through the emergency cold weather program. When temperatures drop below 40 degrees The Salvation Army opens its emergency cold weather program to anyone who needs a warm place to sleep. Check-in for the emergency cold weather program begins at 6:00p.m. and visitors must leave the shelter’s property by 8:00a.m.

The Salvation Army will also offer warming stations throughout the city for temporary relief. Individuals and families without a warm place to go can find relief and a warm cup of coffee at one of our Corps and Community Centers.

Salvation Army Lawrenceville Corps
3455 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
Warming station open until 9pm

Salvation Army Marietta Corps
202 Waterman Street SE
Marietta, GA 30060
For warming station hours, call 770-724-1652

“Many of the individuals seeking shelter through our emergency cold weather program and warming stations have absolutely nowhere else to go,” says Metro Atlanta Area Commander Major Todd Hawks. “We encourage anyone who needs shelter from the dangerously cold temperatures to seek shelter here at The Salvation Army and not risk endangering their health or life.”

Anyone who would like to help provide for shelter needs can make donations of food items, toiletries and bed linens. For more information, call 404-486-2700