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Happy Attendance Awareness Month

September is Attendance Awareness Month! Now more than ever, attendance and student engagement is at the forefront of our work as TIP students and families transition into virtual learning.


 TIP Updates: Regarding COVID-19 

As TIP is taking precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of staff and clients during the COVID-19 outbreak, we want to acknowledge the unprecedented disruption of ordinary work and life that many in our community are facing. 

In addition to our jobs and volunteerism, we are also parents, partners, family members, friends, and colleagues who are managing these often anxiety-provoking developments for ourselves and our community. Yet in the midst of this uncertainty, we have an opportunity to demonstrate the values we hold dear by offering compassion, support, gratitude, and patience to all members of our community. 

Please read below to learn how TIP is moving forward with our volunteer training, volunteer appreciation luncheon, and general operations in light of the COVID-19 situation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Adrian Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

TIP's March Madness Training Update

TIP's March Madness Training scheduled for March 17, 2020 has been cancelled. The Atlanta Bar will be reaching out to those who registered regarding reimbursement. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For questions regarding reimbursement, please contact the Atlanta Bar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (404) 521-0781.

 TIP's Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Update

TIP has decided to postpone our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon scheduled for April 14, 2020. The health and safety of our volunteers, partners, and the communities we serve is our first priority.

We hope to reschedule the event for May and will circulate the new date as soon as possible.

TIP is committed to serving our clients, volunteers, and partners during this challenging time, while taking all recommended precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The TIP office will remain open as long as the Fulton County Juvenile Court is open, although some staff members may be working remotely. If the Fulton County Juvenile Court closes, TIP’s offices will also close and we will shift to a remote work environment. 

The best way to reach any TIP staff member during this time will be via email. If you are a volunteer with an active Early Intervention or Truancy case, and you have questions about contacting your clients or any other concerns, please contact our Volunteer and Training Manager, Adrian Wright, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact our Deputy Director, Sarah Babcock, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you, and be well.  

 


Truancy Intervention Project Affects Lawyers as Well as Kids

By Meredith Hobbs, published April 25, 2018

Recognizing the great work of Truancy Intervention Project through the incredible efforts of our volunteers, TIP recognized Adwoa Awotwi, William Fletcher, Anthony Greene, Joshua Harris, Mark Silver, and Troutman Sanders at this years Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Read the Daily Report article highlighting their work here.


 

Fulton County program tries to help youth find jobs to prevent crime

By Arielle Kass, published October 2017

Truancy Intervention Project is one of Fulton County's recipients in an initiative to intervene with students who have poor grades or social issues. Our funding is being used to address chronic absenteeism in Thomasville Heights, an elementary school that ranks among the highest rates of truancy in the county. Read the AJC article here.


 

American Bar Association: Georgia's Truancy Intervention Project Creates Graduates

By Len Horton, published September 2017

A beautiful article detailing the impact TIP has on students, and tells the story of former student (now TIP board member!) LaToya Riley. Read it here.


 Volunteer Training

On October 13, 2017, we had a our annual Fall Volunteer training. TIP volunteers work with children and families through regular contacts to make sure that the assigned child is in school every day. Volunteers also encourage their TIP child to excel in school in order to become successful. They are essential to our success.

We also took a moment to recognize Mary Benton for her commitment and dedication to Truancy Intervention Project (as well as her family- as they have also become dedicated volunteers!). Mary has been volunteering with us for 20 years and has gone above and beyond in her work to advocate for children. Associate Judge Yokom, who hears all of our truancy cases, presented the award.

  

 


 

News Article: How an Atlanta nonprofit has helped 10,000 students

Originally published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on July 28, 2017

 At the conclusion of the 2016/17 school year, TIP has now served 10,233 students over our 25-year history. Read the article here.

 

 

 


 

2016 Holiday Adoption

Corporate Sponsors

      

Individual Sponsors

Michael Schmitt, Ginger Patton-Schmitt & the Wesleyan School, and Pat Walsh

 

 

25 Year Anniversary Celebration

 

 


 

News Article: Focus on Graduation Pays Off, but Strong Efforts Still Needed, Nonprofit Leaders Say

Article by Stell Simonton, posted on October 18, 2018 on Youth Today

Truancy Intervention Project's work continues as the nation, as a whole, as seen some improvement in graduation rates. Read the article here.

 


 

2015 Holiday Adoption

Corporate Sponsors

     

Individual Sponsors

Staci & Matt Brill, Felissa & Josh Covin, Caren & Michael Merlin, Shelley & Lou Milakofsky, Michael Schmitt, Ginger Patton-Schmitt & the Wesleyan School, and Pat Walsh

To enjoy pictures from Holiday Adoption, please click here!

 


 

18th Annual Volunteer Appreciation


 

Save the Date for TIP's Annual Volunteer Appreciation!

TIP will celebrate its 18th annual Volunteer Appreciation awards ceremony on April 23rd at Piedmont Park's Magnolia Hall (formal invitation to follow). We are excited to announce that legal expert, famed television personality, and TIP’s own co-founder, Judge Glenda Hatchett, will be the keynote speaker for this year’s event. The seated luncheon will recognize five exceptional volunteers who have given their time and talents to help keep Atlanta's children in school. This year's honourees include Lauren Armstrong (Martenson, Hasbrouck & Simon LLP), Bridget Beier, Glen Fagan (Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP), Erica Harrison (Alston & Bird LLP), and Robert Mack (Mack & Harris P.C.). TIP will also be honoring Alston & Bird LLP as our first ever "Champion for Children", an award presented to an entity who has significantly supported TIP through a variety of means. An enormous thank you to our sponsors: UPS®, Martenson, Hasbrouck & Simon LLP, Constangy, Brooks & Smilth, LLP, and Veritext Legal Solutions for their generous support of this year’s event.  Luncheon seats are $35 per person. Click here to reserve your seat. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Liston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (404)-613-4736.